ACC Football Daily Links — Ranking the 2013 ACC Recruiting Classes, One Month From National Signing Day

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

ACC Football Recruiting Rankings: January 9, 2013 (BC Interruption)

It’s been a few months since we last checked in on ACC football recruiting. With less than a month before National Signing Day 2013, let’s take a look at the ACC big board: DISCLAIMER: Recruiting rankings. The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly…

Tajh Boyd’s Return Validates Tigers’ Title Talk (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Clemson has its quarterback — and the ACC has a legitimate Heisman candidate and national title contender — for 2013. Tajh Boyd’s announcement Wednesday afternoon that he has decided to stay for his fifth and final season in Death Valley was an instant validation of Clemson’s hopes for a national championship season this coming fall. Boyd should be the best quarterback returning in the ACC this season and one of the best in the country…

An End to “Clemsoning” (Shakin’ the Southland)

Now that we have had some time to digest our Peach Bowl victory and look back at the season as a whole, I think the most important takeaway is that we finally completed a season without ‘pulling a Clemson,’ as the national press likes to call it. In the regular season Clemson won all the games it was supposed to…

A War Lost in the Trenches: A Final Look at the Tom O’Brien Era (Backing the Pack)

Tom O’Brien did a lot of good at N. C. State. Most notably, he beat North Carolina five years in a row and became just the fourth Wolfpack head coach to win back-to-back bowl games, joining Lou Holtz (72-73), Bo Rein (77-78), and Chuck Amato (02-03). He also ran a program that shone like a beacon of sweet innocence and light in contrast to the muck and the mire that plagues the Pack’s scandal-ridden Orange County rivals…

Syracuse Football: How Ya Like Marrone Now? (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)

Losing a head coach can obviously derail a successful football program. But retaining key coordinators and other important assistants can significantly soften the blow. It was the word of the day on Tuesday for Orange fans: continuity. Losing Doug Marrone to the NFL’s Buffalo Bills hurt but the reports Syracuse was making defensive coordinator Scott Shafer head coach and retaining offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett helped…

Cornerback Antone Exum Set to Return for Senior Season at Tech (Daily Press)

After taking time to explore his options if he’d decided to leave Virginia Tech early, cornerback Antone Exum has decided spending his senior season in Blacksburg will serve him best. Exum, a 6-foot-1, 224-pound native of Glen Allen, indicated in mid-December his intentions were to return to Tech. He confirmed his status Wednesday afternoon by telling Tech’s coaching staff he’ll be back…

UNC AD: Strategic Plan Will Align Athletics, Academics (News & Observer)

On the day before the University of North Carolina released a four-year strategic plan for athletics, athletic director Bubba Cunningham sat in his office and described his desire to repair his department’s reputation. On the table in front of him was a copy of UNC’s strategic plan, which the university released Wednesday morning…

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