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By Dave Glenn and Staff
February 2, 2005

Today's Best ACC Links:

Jeff White* of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch catches up with former Virginia players Cory Alexander, Yuri Barnes, Terry Gates and Jason Williford to discuss the sad state of UVa basketball.

Barker Davis* of the Washington Times portrays football recruiting as a fantasy land of sorts, in which thousands of prospects are sold on a dream that will come true for only a small percentage of them.

Bryan Strickland* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun catches up with Duke football signee Vince Oghobaase, who hopes other prominent prospects will follow in his very large footsteps and pick the Blue Devils over Miami, Oklahoma and other national superpowers.

Bart Wright* of the Greenville (S.C.) News looks at national signing day and sees an ugly array of self-important gurus, questionable rankings and unhappy coaches working in a corrupt system.

Brian Murphy* of the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph writes about how and why frustrated college coaches are seeking a hard line on so-called "soft" commitments from high school football stars.

Bob Thomas* of the Florida Times-Union explains that, while the NFL's New England Patriots are the talk of Super Bowl host Jacksonville this week, little Boston College continues to lurk in the background with an impressive list of athletic accomplishments.

Rob Daniels* of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record offers a look at Wake Forest's Justin Gray and Duke's J.J. Redick, two ACC sharpshooters who have no reservations about launching lots of shots from very long range.

Sammy Batten* of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer examines the nature of football recruiting information on the internet, which will be the center of attention for many fans on national signing day.

Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post writes that after three blowout losses in one month and philosophical disagreements between coach Gary Williams and point guard John Gilchrist, Maryland is starting to play the way Williams had envisioned all season.

Lorenzo Perez of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer quantifies the difficulty of landing ACC Tournament tickets, even for some big-money boosters, in the aftermath of conference expansion.

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More Select ACC Links:

Andrew Joyner* of the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress writes that Virginia's lack of effort had as much to do with the Cavaliers' embarrassing 110-76 home loss to North Carolina as the Tar Heels' amazing talent.

Dick Heller of the Washington Times calls Maryland's Gary Williams one of the best coaches in college basketball, and Williams' players say he never gets too high after a win or too low after a loss.

Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows how football recruiting can get very expensive, including Georgia Tech's use of a sports psychologist team officials hired for one weekend ($1,035) to speak with prospects.

John Packett of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch catches up with former Georgia Tech assistant coach Dean Keener, who's rebuilding the James Madison program one season after reaching the NCAA title game with the Yellow Jackets.

Jon Solomon* of the Columbia (S.C.) State tracks down former Clemson football commitment Tony Nelson and his high school coach, who had this to say after Tigers coach Tommy Bowden withdrew Nelson's scholarship offer: "As long as Tommy Bowden is coaching anywhere, I'll never deal with him again. ... His word is no good - no good."

Josh Robbins* of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel concludes that ranking football prospects and recruiting classes isn't easy, after speaking with gridiron gurus such as Bobby Burton, Jeremy Crabtree, Jamie Newberg and Allen Wallace.

Frank Dascenzo* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun reacts to some very strong comments from Fox Sports analyst Brian Baldinger, a former Duke football player who doesn't believe the Blue Devils can compete at the ACC level on the gridiron.

Brian Murphy* of the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph profiles hard-nosed Georgia Tech guard
Will Bynum, who's playing better ever since coach Paul Hewitt told him to ease up on his extra workouts for a while. Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post catches up with Maryland forward Nik Caner-Medley, who's playing the best basketball of his career and refuses to allow opposing fans to get under his skin.

Bob Lipper of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch offers an interesting look at North Carolina guard Rashad McCants.

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