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By Dave Glenn and Staff
July 5, 2005

Today's Best ACC Links

Brian Murphy* of the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph offered an Independence Day look at Georgia Tech offensive lineman Salih Besirevic, whose family emigrated from war-torn Bosnia in 1995 with four suitcases and $200 upon its arrival in the land of opportunity. "It is something special. We don't reflect only on the Fourth of July," Besirevic said. "There's not a day we set to reflect. We are always glad that we're Americans."

Jon Solomon* of the Columbia (S.C.) State sits down with Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips, whose expectations for success remain unfulfilled after three years on the job. "No question about it, it's been a very difficult year," Phillips said. "Some years you win more titles than expected, and some years you fall back. I think it's a symptom of not having the consistency we're trying to have across the board in all of our sports."

Craig Barnes of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes that, despite some initial hurdles, the ACC is unified and thriving as it enters its first year as a 12-team conference. Also see John Connolly of the Boston Herald, who sees the official addition of Boston College as a home run for the league.

Steve Ellis* of the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat writes that, as the 2005 ACC football season nears, once-mighty Florida State still has many big questions that need answers. "It won't be business as usual for (FSU coach Bobby Bowden) when he returns this week from vacation with family at Panama City, and with old friends in Birmingham, Ala."

Robbi Pickeral of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer looks ahead to the 2005-06 ACC basketball season, noting that Duke, Boston College and Maryland likely will be among the preseason favorites.

Bill Hass* of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record reports on the recent commitment of in-state point guard Ishmael Smith to Wake Forest. Smith chose the Demon Deacons over scholarship offers from Charlotte, Clemson, South Carolina and Xavier, plus strong interest from Maryland.

Jerry Ratcliffe* of the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress has the details on the weekend commitment of in-state prospect B.J. Cabell to Virginia. A 6-6, 297-pound offensive lineman, Cabell impressed coaches at the Cavaliers' recently completed summer camp.

Neil Amato* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun catches up with Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams (UNC), who's relaxing at home as he awaits the start of competition in an NBA summer league.

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