ACC Football Daily Links — After Virginia Loss, NC State’s Tom O’Brien Firmly on Hot Seat

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

Monday, November 5, 2012

Wolfpack Skid Brings Questions for O’Brien (ACC Sports Journal)

Remember just a little less than a month ago when N.C. State stunned then-No. 3 Florida State in Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, seizing control of its ACC Atlantic Division destiny with a supposedly weaker second-half schedule in front of it? The excitement of that moment has long passed after a surprisingly close (and lucky) win at Maryland, a heartbreaking loss at archrival UNC and then a bewildering performance at home against Virginia…

Fire Frank Spaziani Now and Give the Few Fans Left Something to Cheer About (BC Interruption)

I’ve been saying the same thing for a good month now: keeping Frank Spaziani on as Boston College football head coach for the remainder of the season serves no legitimate purpose. At this point, the only things keeping Spaz on achieves is further tarnishing what is left of Gene DeFilippo’s legacy, embarrassing a Division I-A football coach who has been and remains overmatched and making the road back with respect to fan support for this program that much tougher.

Move to QB Not Too Big For Shawn Petty (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

As Maryland’s players ran out of the tunnel and onto the field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday to face Georgia Tech, three quarterbacks on crutches watched from their seats in the academic center, which overlooks the field. This would certainly be a lesson in history. The Terps’ fifth-string quarterback — a former scout team linebacker who practiced at quarterback just seven times this season…

Maryland Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield Latest Terp to Suffer Torn ACL (Testudo Times)

It wouldn’t be a Monday this season without learning about a key Maryland player suffering from a torn ACL, would it? It appears that Angry Maryland Quarterback-Hating God has now shifted over to the defensive side of the ball, taking aim at star linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, the quarterback of the defense, ending his season with three games remaining…

Time to Regroup (Durham Herald-Sun)

Duke’s exaltation of becoming bowl-eligible for the first time in 18 years has disappeared with two lopsided losses. Granted the Blue Devils (6-4, 3-3 in ACC) are still in the middle of a historic season. But Duke coach David Cutcliffe said the defense that’s allowed 104 points over the last two weeks has to rebuild its confidence…

Clemson Has the Right Mindset at the Right Time (Orange and White)

The question was half-joking, but the answer was serious. Following No.10 Clemson’s 56-20 demolition of Duke Saturday night, a reporter asked junior quarterback Tajh Boyd if he was upset about missing the program’s single-game total offense record. The Tigers had a fantastic night, scoring on their first five possessions and rolling up 718 yards of total offense, 37 behind the all-time record set in an 82-24 win over Wake Forest in 1981…

Tech Tees Up Final Stretch (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Quayshawn Nealy is learning football from Georgia Tech interim defensive coordinator Charles Kelly. Nealy, an inside linebacker, is getting extra credit in golf. Following Tech’s 33-13 win over Maryland Saturday, Nealy explained how Kelly had tried to frame the Yellow Jackets’ remaining games by likening the team to a golfer playing Amen Corner at the Masters…

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