ACC Football Daily Links — Virginia Tech May Be Headed Toward Extended Program Decline

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

How Steep and Extended Will Virginia Tech’s Football Decline Be? (Daily Press)

Virginia Tech’s football program has declined this season. That’s beyond dispute. Offense, defense, special teams, coaching. The overarching question is: How steep and extended will the fall be? History offers some, but no certain, guidance for fans of nationally prominent teams hoping to rebound. Twice in the last 30 years Notre Dame has endured six consecutive seasons in which it finished outside the national polls…

WR Marcus Davis Says Leadership Void is Partly to Blame for Virginia Tech’s Struggles (Washington Post)

Like many around Blacksburg these days, Virginia Tech wide receiver Marcus Davis can’t explain why the Hokies have fallen on such hard times. With a 4-5 record and their string of 10-win seasons gone after beginning the year ranked No. 16, Davis said Monday in an interview that “it doesn’t feel real”…

NC State Must Refocus Team Goals (Fox Sports Carolinas)

North Carolina State football coach Tom O’Brien said in August this was his best team in six seasons in Raleigh. Relative youth at receiver and inexperience and depth questions at linebacker were really the only considerable concerns surrounding the Wolfpack as fall camp opened. This looked to be the season N.C. State would reach 10 victories for the second time in school history and firmly entrench O’Brien as the program’s leader now and into the future…

Thomas, Manuel Head in Different Directions (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

When Florida State travels to Virginia Tech on Thursday night, it will be a homecoming of sorts for quarterback EJ Manuel, who grew up in Virginia Beach, Va., and was recruited by the Hokies. Manuel and Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas, a native of Lynchburg, Va., have gone in different directions this season, despite similar beginnings…

The Tigers are on a Roll (Southern Pigskin)

Sometimes, it just looks easy for Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. His multiple connections with All-ACC receivers DeAndre “Nuke” Hopkins and Sammy Watkins shredded Duke’s secondary Saturday night, as the Tigers cruised to a 56-20 win at Wallace Wade Stadium. Boyd passed for 300 yards and five touchdowns in the first half, and rushed for a team-leading 74 yards and a sixth score of the half…

Syracuse Football: The Marrone Conundrum, the Good and Bad of it All (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)

You know what’s the biggest sign of a good coach? In a short amount of time he’s able to put his imprint firmly on the program. To take a clump of clay and mold it into something, all the while, through tough times, never losing vision on the big picture. You know what’s the biggest sign of a bad coach (other than simply not winning games)? A team’s lack of discipline…

Seminoles Want to End Bye-Week Losing Streak (Winston-Salem Journal)

Although Jimbo Fisher is 27-9 since taking the reins at Florida State, he still hasn’t won after a bye week. The eighth-ranked Seminoles (8-1, 5-1 ACC) are 0-2 after a week off in Fisher’s first two seasons. They’re aiming to snap that bit of ignominy Thursday night at Virginia Tech, which is in danger of its first losing season in more than two decades…

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