By Dave Glenn and Staff
May 11, 2005
Today's Best ACC Links
Luciana Chavez* of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer summarizes the ACC's annual meetings in Amelia Island, Fla., as they enter their final day today. Also see Jon Solomon* of the Columbia (S.C.) State, plus Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with a historical perspective on the divisional play ACC football teams will face for the first time in 2005.
Dennis Dodd of CBS.Sportsline.com paints the Virginia Tech football program as a growing power, on and off the field.
Bob Lipper of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch takes NCAA president Myles Brand and university chancellors to task for approving a 12-game regular season in football on an every-year basis. Also see Bart Wright* of the Greenville (S.C.) News, who spoke with Clemson AD Terry Don Phillips about the 12th game.
Jon Solomon* of the Columbia (S.C.) State discusses the league's expected system for instant replay in football. Also see Tony Barnhart on the ACC's decision to revisit a proposal for five years of athletic eligibility; and Ken Tysiac* of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer on the uphill battle Charlotte faces in beating out arenas in Greensboro and Atlanta for future ACC Tournaments.
Ken Tysiac* of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer writes that ACC associate commissioner Fred Barakat continues to emphasize equity over TV ratings in his schedule-making responsibilities, and he's not about to move the second Duke-UNC matchup from its traditional end-of-season spot.
Alex Abrams of the Florida Times-Union writes that the ACC and the city of Jacksonville, Fla., continue to weave their futures together. Jacksonville will host the first two ACC football championship games, with an option for two more.
John Delong* of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal offers an update on Wake Forest junior Eric Williams, who's living and training in New York as he prepares for NBA workouts that likely will determine if he can elevate his status into that of a first-round draft pick. Right now, all signs point toward Williams remaining with the Demon Deacons.
Jeff White* of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch checks in with a variety of notes on Virginia athletics, including the news that former St. Louis standout Drew Diener may take one of the vacancies remaining on Dave Leitao's basketball staff.
Percy Allen of the Seattle Times writes that Seattle Sonics forward Damien Wilkins (NCSU) has been forced to step into the spotlight in the NBA playoffs because of an injury to teammate Vladimir Radmanovic. Also see Steve Gorten of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Washington Wizards guard Steve Blake (Maryland), and Chris McCosky of the Detroit News on Indiana Pacers forward Dale Davis (Clemson).
Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer offers an update on Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. (Miami), released from the hospital nine days after a motorcycle crash resulted in numerous significant injuries to the player. Also see Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, who writes that Chargers first-round draft pick Shawne Merriman (Maryland) wants to be at the team's training camp but is staying away on the advice of his agents.
Tommy Bowman of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal reports that N.C. State associate athletic director Charlie Cobb is expected to be named today as the AD at Appalachian State.
Alex Abrams of the Florida Times-Union writes that new Jacksonville coach Cliff Warren, a former Georgia Tech assistant, has hired former Tech forward Jon Babul as one of his assistant coaches.
Thad Mumau* of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer offers his weekly ACC basketball recruiting notes, including updates on Wake Forest's recent additions and visitors at UNC and N.C. State.
Frank Dascenzo* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun recalls his conversation with former North Carolina baseball coach Mike Roberts, who knew back in 1998 that his son Brian Roberts had a chance at the major leagues. Brian is having an outstanding season with the Baltimore Orioles this year.
- -- writer has contributed to the ACC Sports Journal and/or ACCSports.com
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