ACC Football Daily Links — Pitt Coach Paul Chryst Sets Expectations For Spring

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Pitt Football: Chryst Expects Growing Pains (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Pitt football coach Paul Chryst has been an assistant coach his entire career, which is why this spring will be as much a learning experience for him as the Panthers. The Panthers will take the field today for the first spring drills and will have 15 practices culminating with the annual Blue-Gold spring game April 14…

Pitt Football Spring Practices: Could Dan Mason Return In 2012? (Cardiac Hill)

The Dan Mason saga seems to come up every year around this time. Ever since the linebacker was carted off the field in a blowout loss to Miami in 2010, fans have been hoping for his return. Last spring, there was hope that Mason could get on the field a year after the horrific leg injury, but that wasn’t the case. Now, there’s a new feeling of optimism that Mason could play in 2012…

Notes and Quotes From Virginia Tech’s Pro Day (

Virginia Tech had its Pro Day on Thursday, an event closed to the public and media. No official numbers were handed out, but we reporters got to scramble for quotes in a free-for-all afterward and I had a chance to catch up with a few former Hokies as they try to make the NFL. There were 25 NFL teams in attendance for the event, the second half of which took place at Rector Field House…

Dabo Swinney Sees Separating, Growing Confidence on Tigers’ Offensive Front (Orange and White)

If the Tigers’ played today, who would start on the offensive front? Dabo Swinney wrapped up the first phase of spring practice Wednesday evening with a quick assessment of where the Tigers stand in one of their most critical areas of ongoing development. Rising junior. Brandon Thomas’ move to left tackle gives the Tigers their best chance to win at this point, Swinney said, while rising redshirt sophomore has stepped up into the starting left guard spot…

Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien Says Danny O’Brien Interested in Nittany Lions (

Former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien has contacted Penn State and is interested in transferring to the school. PSU coach Bill O’Brien said so Wednesday afternoon outside Holuba Hall, where Penn State’s Pro Day was taking place. The coach said he was not aware of any scheduled spring visit…

Disappointing Performance by Minnifield the Story at Virginia Pro Day (

Representatives of all 32 NFL teams were on hand to see 17 former Cavalier football players work out Thursday at Virginia’s Pro Day. Pass rusher Cam Johnson enjoyed a strong workout and was asked to do drills as a linebacker and defensive lineman, according to a league source on the scene. The 6-3, 268 pounder elected not to run the 40-yard dash again after timing between 4.75-4.82 at the Combine…

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