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ACC Daily Links, Jan. 15

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 12:40am
By: Carlos Collazo

Boston College
The Eagles received some much needed depth at the quarterback position, landing University of Florida transfer Tyler Murphy. Murphy started six games last season for the Gators. This news came less than 24 hours after true freshman quarterback Mack Lowrie decided to leave the program. 

Five Tigers were honored with most valuable player awards at Clemson's 2013 season football banquet. Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins were named the offensive MVPs, while Vic Beasley and Spencer Shuey were awarded defensive. Chandler Cantanzaro was the specialist MVP. 

After a disappointing road loss to Clemson on Saturday, Duke basketball found itself at the bottom of the AP poll this week, checking in at No. 23. However, the Devils bounced back with a tough 69-65 win against Virginia. In a look to next year, 2014 commit Justise Winslow was at the game and experienced the thrill of being a Cameron Crazie for the night. 

Florida State
After only one - extremely successful - year as the Seminoles' defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt is leaving for the same position at Georgia. The move is very shocking considering that FSU is coming off a national-championship win and that Georgia is not offering Pruitt any more money than he makes currently. 

Georgia Tech
Former Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee announced that he is transferring to James Madison. Because the school is an FCS program, Lee will gain immediate eligibility and have two more seasons left to play. Georgia Tech actually led the first half last night against Pitt, but the Panthers took over in the second half and dropped the Jackets to 1-3 in conference.

David Ginsburg writes that Mark Turgeon can't get a handle on his struggling basketball team. Tim Daniels has a few updates on Maryland's countersuit against the ACC.

Offensive lineman Malcom Bunche is planning on transferring from Miami after making just one start in 2013. Jim Larrañaga is implementing a zone with this year's Hurricanes basketball team.

North Carolina 
P.J. Hairston is set to make his NBDL debut for the Texas Legends on Saturday. Paul Biancardi looks at UNC's 2014 recruiting class and talks about how the three players - Theo Pinson, Joel Berry and Justin Jackson - will help solve the Tar Heels' issues.

N.C. State
BackingThePack.com previews State's game tonight with Wake Forest. Mark Gottfried is taking a patient approach with his young basketball team. The Wolfpack are currently 1-2 in conference.

Notre Dame
Notre Dame fans will finally see "the real Brian Kelly" next football season, because he will finally have a group of players that aren't inherited from Charlie Weis. Kelly is also planning on taking a larger role in the offense as the play-caller. He thinks the Irish can be more aggressive next season.

Pitt had to come from behind, but the Panthers took down the Yellow Jackets and stayed perfect in conference last night. Next, the Panthers will try and defeat No. 2 Syracuse - the only other undefeated-in-conference team.

Syracuse and Pitt have clearly taken over the ACC this year, and that's probably not something the other schools are too fond of. One of the things Syracuse has been extremely good at is efficiency in late-game situations.

Virginia's success this season will depend on how the team responds to a 69-65 loss to Duke Monday night. The Cavaliers are currently the third place team in the conference. Defensive back Marcus Lewis recently got a scholarship offer from Virginia, and is interested in the program

Virginia Tech
Last season, Erick Green was the only consistent offensive player for the Hokies. This year, nothing has changed - except that Green is no longer with the school. Andrea Adelson, of ESPN, looks back at Virginia Tech's football season and says it was a successful one even if that wasn't how it felt most of the time.

Wake Forest
Dave Clawson finally completed his staff at Wake Forest with the hiring of Nick Tabacca. Tabacca will coach the offensive line with the Demon Deacons. UVa slot receiver E.J. Scott is transferring to Wake Forest next season and is eligible to play immediately. He has one year of eligibility left.