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ACC Daily Links, Nov. 14

Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:07am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
Here's a transcript of Steve Addazio's press conference; he covers a lot of ground as his Eagles prepare for this weekend's matchup with N.C. State. Steve Donahue's club is a disappointing 0-2 to start the season, but tonight they'll try to get into the win column at home against Toledo (1-0).

Led by Damarcus Harrison, who scored 15 points off the bench, the Tigers improved to 2-0 last night with a 58-37 win over Delaware State. 6-1 Clemson and quarterback Tajh Boyd look to keep the BCS bowl hopes alive tonight, when they welcome Georgia Tech to Death Valley.

The Blue Devils haven't beaten Miami in football since 1976, which is also the only time that's ever happened. This weekend they'll meet at Wallace Wade Stadium, and both teams need a win to stay alive in the Coastal Division race. Are commitments coming tomorrow from Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor? Well, if so, it would vault the Blue Devils' 2014 class into the nation's elite.

Florida State
Ian Miller - 18 points - and Okaro White - 13 points, four blocks - led the way as the Seminoles put the defensive clamps on Central Florida in a 80-68 road win last night. I'm not even sure what to make of all of this right now, so I'll defer to Tomahawk Nation: here's what they know so far relating to the TMZ story/controversy surrounding quarterback Jameis Winston.

Georgia Tech
Thursday night football: the Yellow Jackets can lock-up at least a tie of the Coastal Division title with a win on the road against Clemson; this is a must-win for Paul Johnson's crew. Tadric Jackson and Ben Lammers - the two members of Georgia Tech's 2014 recruiting class - both signed their NLIs yesterday.

It took the Terps a little while to get things in gear last night, but eventually, Mark Turgeon's team - who were led by Jake Layman's 19 points and six rebounds - used a 29-0 run to blitz Abilene Christian last night, winning 67-44. It will be Senior Day for the Hokies when Maryland travels to Blacksburg this weekend.

The Hurricanes landed a big football commitment yesterday evening. Four-star DT Anthony Moten (6-4, 280-pounds) selected Miami over FSU, South Carolina. Tonight, Jim Larranaga and his fresh-faced Canes welcome Texas Southern to Coral Gables.

North Carolina
Following his academic suspension last spring, the Tar Heels new starting quarterback, Marquise Williams, has found a new level of maturity, both on and off the field. The key for UNC to defeating Pitt this week: finding a way to shutdown Pitt's dynamic receiving duo of Devin Street and Tyler Boyd (also, good luck with that). Yesterday, two more people were criminally charged for involvement relating the to North Carolina Secretary of State's investigation into the UNC football program.

N.C. State
Boston College running back Andre Williams is leading the nation in running (163.4 YPG - is that good?), and if the Pack plan to avoid their first winless ACC season since 1959, they're going to have to somehow find a way to slow him down. According to Luke DeCock, State's athletic director, Debbie Yow, is taking a positive approach when discussing NCAA reforms.

Notre Dame
Both members of Mike Brey's 2014 recruiting class - Martin Geben, Bonzie Colson - signed their national letters of intent to play basketball for the Fighting Irish.

The Panthers and their offensive line found a groove last Saturday, which was critical in their upset of No. 23 Notre Dame. Pitt hosts North Carolina this weekend, but the following week, the Panthers will kick things off against Syracuse at 12:30 PM. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald is leading the nation in tackles for loss in 2013.

A win this Saturday would make Scott Shafer and the Orange bowl-eligible, but achieving that against Florida State in Tallahassee is, well, not going to be easy. Get excited, it's hypothetical time: if the NBA Draft were tomorrow - it's not, guys, it's in April - where would the trio of C.J. Fair, Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant be drafted?

It's been a rough season for a UVa defense that has given up points by the bushel. But - can the Cavaliers prevent it from becoming a historically bad defensive season? Here's a little more perspective on two of Mike London's most recent commitments.

Virginia Tech
Yesterday, Frank Beamer dismissed much-maligned kicker Cody Journell from the football team, which means, as the Hokies fight for the life in the Coastal Division, they don't have a kicker or punter on the roster who has ever made a field goal in a collegiate game. That could be an issue, I suppose. Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson will both start at cornerback for the Hokies this weekend when they square off against Maryland for the first time in four seasons.

Wake Forest
Codi Miller-McIntyre is only a sophomore, but the 6-3 guard has quickly become the Demon Deacons' top perimeter threat. Last night, former Wake Forest and current Los Angeles Clipper point guuard Chris Paul picked up a big win at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 111-103. Paul didn't have his best shooting night, but was still masterful: 14 points, 16 assists, and seven rebounds.