ACC Football Daily Links — Penn State Was Key to Big Ten’s Additions of Maryland, Rutgers

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

Monday, December 10, 2012

Penn State Key in Big Ten Expansion (ESPN)

The Big Ten’s recent additions of Maryland and Rutgers were motivated in part by a concern of losing Penn State to another league, according to Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez. Speaking Friday to the Wisconsin athletic board, Alvarez said Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany wanted to add teams in the Northeast to ensure Penn State would remain in the conference…

Wake Forest & the ACC: Do the Deacs Have Conference Realignment Dance Partners? (Blogger So Dear)

Ever since the University of Maryland Board of Regents approved the Terrapins’ move to the Big Ten on November 19, media outlets have been aflutter with speculation of further conference realignment. One day the rumors revolved around Georgia Tech. The day after, we heard of the imminent departure of the Jackets and the University of Virginia…

UConn Never Really Had a Chance vs. Louisville for ACC Berth (Hartford Courant)

Once it became clear that the next school to join the Atlantic College Conference would be chosen based on football, UConn really didn’t have a chance — not against Louisville. When it comes to recruiting, fan base, support, won-lost record, facilities, bowl experience, high-profile coaches and connections in the Southern-states athletic world, the odds all favored Louisville, despite UConn’s superior academic reputation…

Recruiting Won’t Be Easy for Dave Doeren, But You Might Say There Are Open Doors (Backing the Pack)

Coaching changes are awkward. If you’re a guy moving on to a better-paying opportunity in a major conference, you can’t be faulted for doing so, but there is the matter of breaking that news to the players you’ve built relationships with over several years. So it was encouraging to see some tweets from NIU players wishing Dave Doeren good luck at NC State…

With the Move to the ACC, Which Recruits Could We See Louisville Land? (Card Chronicle)

Charlie Strong has been known to close extremely well with his recruiting classes since taking over at Louisville. Strong and recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt have made it known that they feel that they can get any kid to commit if they just get a chance to get in front of his parents, and get him on campus for a visit. Let’s take a look at some of the guys Charlie might try to land this Christmas season…

Why Logan Thomas Should Not Be the Hokies’ Starting Quarterback: The Case for Mark Leal (Gobbler Country)

2012 feels a whole lot like a lost season for Hokie fans, and a big reason for that rests squarely (fairly or not) on their quarterback, Logan Thomas. That is unfortunately the nature of football: blame the coach, and when not applicable (those concerns have already been voiced ad nauseam) blame the quarterback, the leader and coach on the field…

ACC Football Freshmen are ‘Special’ (Wilmington Star-News)

ACC football may be lagging behind the nation’s other power conferences in a lot of things right now. But when it comes to young special teams talent, the league apparently has the market cornered. That’s sarcasm, of course. But in all seriousness, it’s also a fact according to the Freshman All-America team released Saturday by CBSSports.com. Of the four ACC players selected to the team, three are special teams performers…

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