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Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

By Dave Glenn and Staff
ACCSports.com
January 27, 2005

Today's Best ACC Links:

Bob Thomas* of the Florida Times-Union, a frequent honoree in the ACC Sports Journal's annual sportswriting awards, offers some historical perspective on the claim that this year's ACC point guard crop is the best in the history of the conference.

Bob Thomas* (again) tracks down former Clemson point guard Grayson Marshall, whose ability to get everyone involved has continued via his work with The Potter's House ministry in Jacksonville.

Jack Wilkinson* of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution profiles Wake Forest point guard Chris Paul, who leads the Demon Deacons into another ACC challenge tonight at Georgia Tech.

Dave Johnson* of the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press sees tonight's Virginia-Virginia Tech matchup as an example of two teams moving in opposite directions.

Doug Doughty* of the Roanoke (Va.) Times points out that tonight's Tech-Virginia game also is a reunion of sorts for old friends Pete Gillen and Seth Greenberg, who has been upset about some of the criticism directed toward the UVa coach.

Lenox Rawlings of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal writes about Wake Forest junior center Eric Williams, whose decreased weight and increased mobility have contributed to a dramatic improvement in performance.

Doug Segrest of the Birmingham (Ala.) News reports on the on-going court testimony of former Memphis high school football coach Lynn Lang, whose first-hand accounts support what many ACC coaches have been saying for years: that SEC schools cheat. Lang says five SEC schools -- Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee -- plus Michigan State once offered and/or paid him money to steer top prospect Albert Means toward their programs.

Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News catches up with former Clemson linebacker Keith Adams, who hopes his upcoming trip to the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles turns out better than his father's trip as a member of the New England Patriots in 1986.

  • -- writer has contributed to the ACC Sports Journal

Wednesday's Best ACC Links:

Ken Tysiac* of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer illustrates how the Duke-Maryland basketball rivalry has developed an often-ugly intensity level in recent years.

Paul McMullen* of the Baltimore Sun profiles Duke guard J.J. Redick, who talks of his status as one of America's most hated players, skipping trips to Bojangles, and making sure he's not in the wrong place at the wrong time.

David Newton* of the Columbia (S.C.) State indicates that it's a good thing underclassmen such as Clemson cornerback Justin Miller turned pro early, because NFL scouts aren't very excited about the senior class in the college ranks.

Jack Corcoran* of the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat takes a look at Florida State big man Diego Romero, who was supposed to be the focus of the Seminoles' attack this season but has been slowed by injuries and inconsistency.

Mark Berman of the Roanoke (Va.) Times writes about the surprising fourth-place status of the Virginia Tech basketball team, which is winning with an admirable combination of effort and energy.

Don Benevento of the Cherry Hill (N.J.) Courier-Post chronicles the surprising NFL revival of former Georgia Tech running back Dorsey Levens, who in one year has gone from thoughts of retirement to a trip to the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles.

  • -- writer has contributed to the ACC Sports Journal

Tuesday's Best Links:

Mark Schlabach* of the Washington Post offers a look at the underestimated and overachieving Duke Blue Devils.

Rick Snider* of the Washington Times explains how university-sponsored drug testing of college athletes follows a completely different set of rules than the tests administered by the NCAA and varies greatly by school. Jeff White* of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch explores how transfers have complicated the efforts of embattled Virginia coach Pete Gillen.

Dave Johnson* of the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press catches up with Virginia tight end Heath Miller, whose recent decision to enter the NFL early soon will be rewarded with a multi-million dollar payday.

Adam Davis* of the Greenville (S.C.) News profiles Clemson basketball signee K.C. Rivers, whose current time at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia is just the latest stop on a difficult path.

Brian Murphy* of the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph reports on more bad news for the Georgia Tech basketball team, which has lost three straight games and won't get injured star guard B.J. Elder back any time soon.

Scott Fowler of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer catches up with former North Carolina basketball star Joseph Forte, who at 23 is playing far away from the hoops spotlight after a disappointing NBA career.

Ira Schoffel of the Miami Herald writes about one of the nation's top-rated football prospects. A Tallahassee native, receiver Fred Rouse isn't a lock for the hometown Seminoles, and he's definitely enjoying the attention.

  • -- writer has contributed to the ACC Sports Journal

Monday's ACC Links:

Bill Cole* of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal examines the attitude and observations of North Carolina coach Roy Williams toward trying to turn UNC's Smith Center into a homecourt advantage that could rival the old Carmichael Auditorium.

Jeff Zrebiec* of the Baltimore Sun profiles Maryland forward Nik Caner-Medley, who has overcome doubts about his small-town roots in Maine to become a productive player in the ACC.

Michelle Kaufman* of the Miami Herald tells how UM coach Frank Haith may have to be part psychologist after the Hurricanes' back-to-back losses to No. 4 Duke and No. 6 North Carolina.

Mike Sielski of phillyburbs.com on former Clemson safety Brian Dawkins, who's finally realizing his long-held Super Bowl dreams as a key player for the newly crowned NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.

  • -- writer has contributed to the ACC Sports Journal

Sunday's Highlights

Alan Schmadtke* of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel tracks down former Florida State assistant coach Ronnie Cottrell, who will watch national signing day from the sidelines again this year because of the fallout from an NCAA investigation at Alabama in 2000. Brett Friedlander* of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer offers up some interesting details on ESPN's effort to catapult its popular college football "GameDay" show into the world of college hoops.

Friday's Highlight

Rob Daniels* of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record offers
a unique look at Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser. The Demon Deacons' trip this weekend to Cincinnati, where Prosser was the beloved coach at Xavier before arriving at Wake, brings back some fond memories for the coach and many others.

Other Worthwhile Weekend Links: John Delong* of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal catches up with former Wake Forest star Josh Howard, now with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. Neil Amato* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun tells of a surprise visit to North Carolina by none other than the legendary Michael Jordan. Dan Wiederer of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer offers an in-depth look at Duke junior center Shelden Williams.

Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post on Maryland's plan in the aftermath of a season-ending injury to reliable guard D.J. Strawberry.

Gary Lambrecht* of the Baltimore Sun tracks down former Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos, who's injecting life into the Loyola program as a first-year head coach. Dave Johnson* of the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press offers his thoughts on ACC basketball's unbalanced schedule, which is a big break from tradition. Aaron McFarling of the Roanoke (Va.) Times has a message for Virginia coach Pete Gillen, and it's definitely not what the coach wants to hear.

Ron Morris* of the Columbia (S.C.) State offered some advice on Tuesday to the television networks that cover college basketball: Just show the game! Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald on Thursday checked in with his thoughts about the future of Miami basketball under first-year coach Frank Haith.

  • -- writer has contributed to the ACC Sports Journal

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