By Dave Glenn and Staff
June 24, 2005
Today's Best ACC Links
Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post writes that Tim Duncan (Wake) played like Tim Duncan as he lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a victory over Detroit in the clinching game of the NBA finals. Also see Jim Litke of the Associated Press, Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times, Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free-Press, and David Steele of the Baltimore Sun. Kelley: "Now can we finally stop dogging Tim Duncan? Can we stop questioning his will? His champion's heart? Can we stop wishing he were more demonstrative?"
Ron Morris of the Columbia (S.C.) State puts Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's commercials for American Express on his list of the 10 most annoying things in sports -- at No. 1. "I will sign up for an American Express credit card as soon as the company acknowledges that Krzyzewski has the filthiest mouth of any college coach and is the sideline king of intimidating officials."
Shira Springer of the Boston Globe offers a lengthy discussion of how the North Carolina basketball program again will have its influence felt strongly at next week's NBA draft. Also see Jason Quick of The Oregonian on Wake Forest point guard Chris Paul, who's expected to be a top-five selection, and Al Iannazzone of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger on UNC forward Sean May.
Michael A. Lough* of the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph writes that Georgia Tech, whose fans like to mock the many off-the-field problems at archrival Georgia, is feeling some sting of its own after an NCAA investigation and the recent arrest of Tech cornerback Reuben Houston on felony drug charges. "It's not safe to stand somewhere in the Georgia 316 and I-85 corridor between Athens and Atlanta lately, what with all the verbal bombs flying back and forth."
Frank Dascenzo* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun writes that East Carolina may not be the opponent UNC football coach John Bunting needs on future schedules. Also see Randy King* of the Roanoke (Va.) Times on Virginia Tech's decision to face the Pirates for eight consecutive seasons, starting in 2006.
Jon Solomon* of the Columbia (S.C.) State reports that reserves Clint LaTray and Brandon Nolen will transfer from Clemson because of a lack of playing time, bringing to four the number of departed players from the Tigers' 17-player signing class in 2003.
Mike Harris* of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch offers some Virginia Tech notes, including scheduling updates in men's basketball and football.
Doug Doughty* of the Roanoke (Va.) Times typically posts his always-fun College Notebook Plus by 5 p.m. on Fridays.
The Associated Press reports that UNC (third) and Maryland (sixth) ranked among NCAA leaders in average basketball attendance in 2004-05, while ACC as a while finished second to the Big Ten.
Bill Cole* of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal reports on the commitment of in-state H-back Ryan Taylor to UNC over Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. The Tar Heels have an ACC-high nine known pledges from members of the Class of 2006. Also see Neil Amato* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun.
Nunyo Demasio of the Washington Post reports that Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor (Miami) is expected to learn today whether prosecutors will pursue him on charges of aggravated assault and/or simply battery relating to a June 1 incident in Miami. Also see David Elfin of the Washington Times.
Adam Davis* of the Greenville (S.C.) News catches up with Denver Nuggets guard Greg Buckner (Clemson), who will be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in September. "I give all the credit to Coach (Rick) Barnes. He made sure we were ready for life when we got out of Clemson - whether it be basketball, or whether it be business, or whatever. He was just extremely tough on us, and that made all of us accept that toughness from him and enjoy it as we got older and looked back."
David J. Neal of the Miami Herald reports that Miami Dolphins safety Quintin Williams (Wake) has been arrested for DUI and drag racing after being clocked driving his 2006 Mercedes Benz at 111 mph. The passenger in Williams' car was safety Travares Tillman (Georgia Tech). Also see Keven Lerner of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
- -- writer has contributed to the ACC Sports Journal and/or ACCSports.com
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