ACC Football Daily Links — ACC, Orange Bowl Finalize 12-Year Deal; ESPN to Pay $55 Million Annually

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

ACC, Orange Bowl Reach Deal (ESPN)

The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Discover Orange Bowl have finalized a 12-year deal placing the ACC champion annually in the bowl against either an SEC or Big Ten team, or Notre Dame, starting Jan. 1, 2015. The agreement was announced Thursday. ESPN will pay an average of $55 million annually for the bowl, sources said…

ACC Grab Bag: Did Florida State Underachieve? And Somebody Has to Win the Coastal, Right? (SB Nation)

The ACC hasn’t been a prevalent topic in this year’s Morning Tailgates, but with one conference title game participant likely clinching a bid this weekend, let’s check in. How good is Florida State? When Florida State lost to N.C. State, 17-16, on October 6, the universal reaction was, basically, “Of course.” Florida State always falls apart on the road at some point, right? And this proves the Seminoles are once again clownfrauds, right?…

Blair Holliday: A Life — and a Program — Revived at Duke (The Sporting News)

Blair Holliday looked dead. He was face down in Lake Tillery, only his life jacket preventing him from sinking. A jet ski accident had launched him into the water. Holliday was unconscious. A dazed Jamison Crowder—a Duke teammate and fellow receiver who drove the jet ski that collided with Holliday—saw his friend’s limp body and swam to him. The 5-9 Crowder lifted the 6-4 Holliday onto the back of a jet ski…

Virginia Still Playing for a Bowl Bid (Fox Sports Carolinas)

Mike London was a happy man as he answered questions on Sept. 8 following his team’s 17-16 victory over Penn State on national television. It was a signature win for a program that hasn’t had many since George Welsh retired more than a decade ago. It was something Virginia could build on, or at least should have built on. Fifty-six days later, London stood before the media following another Cavaliers’ victory…

Georgia Tech Football a Tale of Two Units (Duke Chronicle)

Under head coach Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech has thrived with an unusual triple option offense, making four bowl games in as many years, including a berth to the 2010 Orange Bowl. Last week the Yellow Jackets showed just how deadly that offense could be, dropping 68 points and nearly 600 yards on a talented North Carolina defense in Chapel Hill…

Swinney Says Still-Looking Prospects Not ‘Committed,’ Proposes Early Signing Date (Orange and White)

Dabo Swinney plays the game. That doesn’t mean he has to like it. “If a guy is committed and he’s taking visits, then he’s not committed,” said Swinney on Wednesday. Swinney’s stance tells a lot about why Clemson’s coaching staff isn’t fretting over this week’s ‘de-commitments’ by Robert Nkemdiche and David Kamara…

Duke, Georgia Tech Emerge From the Shadows to Contend for ACC Coastal Title (Washington Post)

Nobody saw this coming: Either Duke or Georgia Tech could still win the ACC’s Coastal Division title. The Yellow Jackets became afterthoughts following their 2-4 start. And not much is ever expected from a Duke football program that hasn’t had a winning season since 1994 — and already has been blown out four times…

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