By Dave Glenn and Staff
July 11, 2005
Today's Best ACC Links
Steve Ellis* of the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat writes that, because of the unavailability of incumbent Wyatt Sexton, Florida State's hopes for 2005 rest on the shoulders of redshirt freshman quarterbacks Xavier Lee and Drew Weatherford. Also see Ellis with an update on freshman linebacker Eugene Hayes.
Ken Tysiac* of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer offers a brief Q&A session with N.C. State basketball coach Herb Sendek. "We're trying to measure things (with the NCAA's new APR graduation rate measurement) that require very delicate, sensitive calibrations," Sendek said, "and the object we have now is more of a blunt-force instrument." Also see Tysiac on the international influence at the Nike Camp in Indianapolis, and Tysiac again on the idea that prep school may be the way for many prospects to get around the NBA's new age limit rules without going to college.
Luciana Chavez* of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer takes a look at the trend of high school basketball prospects making early college decisions, and the attention that tends to follow those who remain undecided.
Mike Huguenin of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel takes a look at the tailback situation throughout college football, while giving nods to the ACC for the most impressive group of backs in a single conference and to Florida State (Leon Washington, Lorenzo Booker, etc.) for the best of the ACC.
Randy Beard* of the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat writes that Florida State quarterback Wyatt Sexton, who will be sidelined for the 2005 season after being diagnosed with Lyme Disease, has reason to be ticked at his critics. Jemele Hill of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel believes that Sexton's days with the Seminoles are over. Also see Emily Badger of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, Steve Ellis* of the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat, Brian Landman* of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, and Ira Schoffel of the Florida Times-Union on the weekend announcement that Sexton will sit out this fall.
Rick Bonnell* of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer writes that college basketball coaches' recent proposal to change the rules for early entry into the NBA draft should make fans very skeptical when they hear, "it's all about the kids."
Gordon White of the Pinehurst (N.C.) Pilot takes a stroll down memory lane while discussing the enormous challenge of maintaining a national championship program during an era of early NBA exits. "It will be hard to win more than one (NCAA) championship at a time," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "If you have the very good players, you lose them to the NBA after winning the championship. The UCLA thing will be impossible. It will never happen again."
Phil Kornblut* of the Columbia (S.C.) State offers his weekly football and basketball recruiting notes, led by the recent commitment of in-state kicker Richard Jackson to Clemson over Georgia, LSU, Maryland and Texas. Also see Bill Buchalter* of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel.
Omar Kelly* of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer report on the recent commitment of prep All-American quarterback Pat Devlin to Miami over Virginia and others. Also see the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer and Bob Putnam of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times on the recent pledge of Florida offensive lineman Jarrod Holt to Duke, and Jeff White* of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch on the commitment of Connecticut defensive tackle Nate Collins to Virginia.
Marcus Thompson II of the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times catches up with Golden State Warriors forward Jawad Williams (UNC), who was surprised when he went undrafted this year. "I have no clue what happened," Williams said. "I did what my team needed me to do. I stepped up in big games."
Kim Phelan of the Baltimore Sun writes that former Maryland football players Rich Nelson and Richie Petitbon, who still carry 250-300 pounds almost two decades after the end of their careers with the Terps, remain active as competitive triathletes against foes typically in the 150-pound range. "We are the largest human beings in every race we go to," Petitbon said.
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