ACC Football Daily Links — Paul Johnson Dismisses Al Groh at Georgia Tech; But What’s Next?

Monday through Friday each week, we compile the best links on ACC football from around the web.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Paul Johnson Finds His Scapegoat (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Firing defensive coordinator Al Groh wasn’t a surprise. Georgia Tech’s defense has been terrible. Doing it midseason, though? That was harsh. It was the kind of knee-jerk reaction fans make, not coaches. After an ugly 2-4 start, including just one ACC win (ironically against Groh’s old Virginia team), Paul Johnson needed a scapegoat. Groh was it. The challenge now will be finding the next one…

Even if Jimbo Fisher is Right, He’s Still Wrong (Tomahawk Nation)

Derp. Jimbo Fisher duff’d this one. Standoffish, egotistical, defiant. Immature. It’s hard to imagine the presser going worse. Fans complain about playcalling entirely too much. They don’t understand the nebulous concept and are usually wrong. Fisher didn’t call a bad game against N.C. State (the issue was execution). But the way about which he expressed that sentiment just doesn’t work…

Miami Must Refocus on ACC Play (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Lost in the doom and gloom of another miserable nonconference loss for the Miami Hurricanes? They still have a very real shot at winning the ACC Coastal and playing for a conference championship. That is about the only positive to take away from a tough weekend in Chicago. And in the end, that is bigger in the grand scheme of the season than the way the Canes failed to compete against Kansas State and Notre Dame…

Could the Future Bring the Miami Hurricanes Their Own Football Stadium? (The 7th Floor)

Former Miami Hurricane great, Alonzo Highsmith, has seen enough empty seats at Sun Life Stadium during Canes football games that he has taken the charge to begin a ground swell of support to bring a stadium home for UM. Highsmith while attending pre-game festivities in Chicago prior to the Canes match-up against Notre Dame this past weekend was quite vocal in his opinion when socializing with the crowd at the Miami party at Roots…

Changes Are Coming for Maryland’s Offense, But What Are They? (Testudo Times)

Maryland’s offense isn’t very good. I say this with no malice or anger. I am not particularly upset that Maryland’s offense isn’t very good. They’re relying on a true freshman quarterback thrust into the spotlight by an untimely injury. They have two freshmen starting on the offensive line, with only a handful of starts for the current combination…

Smashmouth Football? Virginia Tech Not Built to Run it That Way This Year (The Virginian-Pilot)

A big second-half deficit dictated that Virginia Tech had to go to the air against North Carolina, so the Hokies’ final rushing stats were slightly misleading. Nevertheless, the cold, hard number was jarring. Virginia Tech’s 40 rushing yards were the team’s lowest since the season opener in 2007 against East Carolina. “Disbelief, to look at the stat sheet and see that few yards,” running backs coach Shane Beamer said…

Virginia Isn’t Taking Away Much of Anything This Season (Daily Press)

After all the film was reviewed by players and coaches in the postgame breakdown of Virginia’s losses to Louisiana Tech and Duke, the sweeping conclusion for U.Va.’s inability to get takeaways against both opponents came down to one general concept. Close, but not quite. That’s how U.Va.’s players and coaches are approaching the discouraging reality that the defense simply isn’t creating turnovers…

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