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ACC Daily Links, Dec. 23

Monday, December 23, 2013 8:45am
By: Carlos Collazo

Boston College
The Eagles lost to Auburn over the weekend, 77-67, in what was supposed to be one of Boston College's easier road games during non-conference play.  Mark Blaudschun writes that the seniors on the football team still have a lot to prove after their 7-5 season.

Tajh Boyd will play his last game as a Clemson Tiger on Jan. 3, and Ryan Kantor takes a look at where his legacy stands. On the basketball court, the Tigers have a sour taste in their mouths after last week's disappointing 66-64 loss to Auburn.

Jela Duncan, Duke's leading rusher this past season, has been suspended for a year after violating a university academic policy. A Blue Devil fan writes about what's next for Duke football as the team approaches a season that will begin with high expectations - something that hasn't occurred too often.

Florida State
Ira Schoffel takes a look at the "Heisman jinx" to see if the winners of the award actually struggle in the big game. The Seminoles are ready to take a step out of the SEC's shadow during the BCS game, and also knock the conference off of its winning streak in the bowl.

Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech's 2015 game against Notre Dame has been set for Sept. 19 and is part of a tough schedule for the Jackets that includes Georgia. 6-5 wide receiver Darren Waller could have a big impact for the Yellow Jackets in the Music City Bowl against Ole Miss.

The Terrapins have more than a "Christmas" problem after losing to Boston University 88-77. Testudo Times takes a look at the film of Terrapin recruit Nate Adams.

The Hurricanes bounced back from their loss to Virginia Tech and beat La Salle in what David Furones calls their most complete game of the season. Josh Maser takes a look at what the Miami football depth chart could look like in 2014. The most obvious difference will be at quarterback - Maser thinks Ryan Williams will step in and take over for Stephen Morris. 

North Carolina
Teams have clearly recognized that stopping Marcus Paige is the key to success against the Tar Heels. Davidson was the latest team to use a box-and-one defense against Paige, and the strategy got them into overtime before falling to UNC. C.L. Brown writes that the P.J. Hairston news is "kind of a relief" for the Tar Heels.

N.C. State
T.J. Warren led the Wolfpack to a 90-79 victory against ECU. Warren scored a career-high 32 points during the game. Freshman BeeJay Anya came off the bench and played excellent defense against the Pirates, recording five blocks in just 12 minutes.

Notre Dame
Notre Dame dismissed senior guard Jerian Grant for an academic issue. Grant was averaging 19 points per game for the Irish. Andrew Hall takes a look at 11 recruits that could become targets for Notre Dame as the final stage of recruiting comes around.

The Panther defense is looking for redemption during their bowl game against Bowling Green. B.J. Bennett says that Aaron Donald deserved more than watching the Heisman Trophy presentation from home.

Josh Kirkland had the second half of his season derailed but could be the MVP of Syracuse's bowl game. Orange punter Riley Dixon has finally earned a scholarship.

Darion Atkins took advantage of his latest start and is helping the Virginia basketball team out on the defensive end. Justin Anderson scored 16 points and led UVa to a 57-43 victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday.

Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech announced the addition of Purdue to the 2015 and 2023 football schedules. Three Hokie commits - Vinny Mihota, Andrew Ford and Marshawn Williams - will be enrolling in January to participate in spring workouts.

Wake Forest 
The Demon Deacons were able to rally late and survive UNC-Greensboro, 59-51. Former Wake Forest basketball star Chris Paul came through in overtime to lead the Clippers to a 120-116 overtime win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.