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ACC Daily Links, Jan. 17

Friday, January 17, 2014 8:50am
By: Carlos Collazo

Boston College
Kobe Bryant recently dropped in on students at Boston College. The Lakers are in town to play the Celtics, but Bryant is still recovering from a knee injury and isn't playing. 

The Tigers should be pretty deep at defensive end next season. A large part of that comes from the Vic Beasley's decision to forego the NFL draft and come back to Clemson for his senior season.

Scott Polacek takes a look at how the Blue Devils' slow start to conference play affects their shot at a conference title. If they are going to make a real push for the ACC championship, first they are going to have to stop N.C. State and the conference's leading scorer--T.J. Warren.

Florida State
Garry Smits writes about defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt leaving FSU to return to the SEC with the Georgia Bulldogs. Another guy the Seminoles will be without next season is running back Devonta Freeman, who has decided to enter the NFL draft

Georgia Tech
Three-star offensive lineman Michael Horton (class of 2015) talks about the offer he received from Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are going to have to be more aggressive on the boards than the were against Pitt. During that 81-74 loss, the Jackets were outrebounded 38-18.

The Terrapins have been encouraged by the performance of Shaq Cleare, even though he has been inconsistent at times. Jones Shaffer takes a look at Maryland's week of recruiting, and has updates on several of the Terps' football targets.

In StateOfTheU.com's series looking back at the best moments of Miami's season, they call Week Two's game against Florida the best game of the year. Cameron Underwood takes a look at the recruits the Hurricanes have gained and lost over the past few weeks.

North Carolina
UNC officials refuted the recent academic allegations on the athletic department. C.L. Brown wonders if moving Paige back to the two guard would improve his performance and the team's. North Carolina has struggled since Leslie McDonald returned and Paige moved back to the point.

N.C. State
The Wolfpack added two cornerbacks to their program recently--two-star Elliot Davis and three-star Troy Vincent. N.C. State also added to its coaching staff, with defensive backs coach George Barlow coming to the program from Vanderbilt.

Notre Dame
The Irish recently offered four-star defensive lineman Daniel Cage, from Cincinnati. Although the defensive line is the biggest position of need for Notre Dame, Jeff Merritt writes that wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie is the key to the 2014 class.

CardiacHill.com says that there are a lot of reasons to like Pitt against Syracuse. The Panthers are 9-1 against the Orange in their previous 10 regular-season games and haven't had as many close calls as Cuse has in conference. Curtis Bray, a former Pitt player and coach, recently died.

Mike Waters writes that the upcoming Pitt-Syracuse game will feature a couple of high school reunions. Sean Keeley looks back at football and tries to find the best moment of the season for the Orange.

Changes at Virginia haven't changed three-star running back Jordan Ellis' commitment to the program. At 3-1, the Cavs are the clear choice for the No. 3 basketball team in ACC power rankings.

Virginia Tech
While Virginia might be near the top of the conference, the Hokies are clearly the cellar dwellers of the league this year. After just one season as Virginia Tech's offensive line coach, Jeff Grimes is heading out of town to join LSU and coach Les Miles' O-line.

Wake Forest
Robert Reinhard got the chance to talk with Wake Forest target Isaiah Rodney--a defensive tackle from South Carolina. The Demon Deacons practice the play they used to beat N.C. State in the final seconds Wednesday "all the time" according to coach Jeff Bzdelik.