ACC Football Daily Links — Conference Expansion a Smooth Process for Syracuse & Pittsburgh

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

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Round 2 of ACC Expansion Much Smoother (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Virginia Tech, Boston College and Miami did the dirty work. They’re the ones who made the Big East angry — so angry that BC and Connecticut still haven’t played each other since the Eagles left to join the ACC. They’re the ones who were mired in acrimony, tangled up in lawsuits, and portrayed as the Big East’s Benedict Arnold (who, ironically, was born in Connecticut). Pitt and Syracuse?…

College Football Recruiting: ACC Team Consensus Rankings for 2013 (Athlon Sports)

Recruiting in college football is downright nasty. It is a cutthroat, cannibalistic big business that is microscopically analyzed by fans, administrators and media members alike. The ACC has been taking a beating on the field and in the media from fans and analysts alike for its recent lack of success. It has struggled in BCS bowls and, in particular, against the SEC…

Mackensie Alexander Made His Choice Carefully, With a Single Purpose (Orange and White)

When Mackensie Alexander placed a Clemson hat on his head last Wednesday, it was an act of trust – perhaps the most tangible indication yet that what Dabo Swinney and Jeff Scott are selling on the recruiting trail is more than the usual song-and-dance. Coaches don’t just walk into Immokalee, Florida and take the pick of the crop…

Double Duty (‘NoleNation)

Jameis Winston has a plan. The plan comes cloaked in a sly smile and an overwhelming air of confidence, which offers assurances that everything will click together perfectly if for no other reason than Winston believes it will. Still, the details of his plan to balance football and baseball remain a closely guarded secret, with Winston offering only vague hints…

Mike Johnson? What Do We Know About the Florida State Quarterback Coach Candidate? (Tomahawk Nation)

Florida State is strongly considering hiring Mike Johnson as its next quarterback coach, Tomahawk Nation sources have recently learned. We also know that Johnson was not Florida State’s first choice (he was unemployed and could have been hired weeks ago), but coaches aren’t exactly beating down the door to work for Jimbo Fisher these days. Earlier this morning, we tweeted out two names…

Syracuse Football Signees: Who Could See the Field First? (Syracuse.com)

After a wild first month on the job, Scott Shafer and his new coaching staff put the finishing touches on a 19-member recruiting class last week. Syracuse lost two of its top players after the coaching change — running back Augustus Edwards and outside linebacker Malik Brown — but swooped in to snare a few new targets late in the process…

Fairchild Not Expecting to Overhaul UVa Offense (Roanoke Times)

While the terminology might require some extended learning, Virginia’s offensive scheme under new coordinator Steve Fairchild won’t represent a drastic change in philosophy. Predecessor Bill Lazor favored a pro-style offense and “we certainly want to run a pro-style offense,” said Fairchild, who met with the Virginia media for the first time Tuesday…

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