ACC Football Daily Links — Amidst Uproar Over Native American Imagery, Florida State & Seminoles Co-Exist

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

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Amid Rising Discord Over Indian Images, F.S.U. Has Harmony (The New York Times)

Before every kickoff at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., a Florida State student in facial war paint and an American Indian costume steers a spotted Appaloosa to midfield. As the horse rises on its hind legs, the rider, who is not an Indian, thrusts a flaming spear into the turf to the crazed accompaniment of the crowd’s droning chant and an arm gesture called the tomahawk chop…

Unleashing the Sunshine State: How the Seminole Offense is Dominating the ACC (Football Study Hall)

Many of college football’s most famous teams and influential trends have come as a result of simply harnessing the talent and resources of a region’s high school football ranks. For many of those famous teams and trends, Florida was the harvested resource. In the 1980s that talent was unleashed by Jimmy Johnson and the U of Miami, particularly in the form of the Miami 4-3 defense which still influences the game today…

NCAA Sanctions: Punishment Was Much More Than What Meets the Eye (State of the U)

Many detractors from around the country have a perception that Miami came out of this NCAA mess unscathed. Tell that to the UM recruiters that sat in living rooms around the country and had to defend itself against the myriad of statements that Miami not be able to play football in the not-too-distant future…

With Wins Comes a Culture Change for Duke Football (Charlotte Observer)

Falling into a 22-0 hole and coming back to win 35-22? Not a problem last week for Duke, which did just that at Virginia. That’s a relatively new phenomenon for the Duke program. “That says a lot about the shift in the culture and how coach Cut (David Cutcliffe) has built this program,” senior cornerback Ross Cockrell said…

Who’s No. 2, Behind No. 2? Tigers Looking for Consistent WR Threats (Orange and White)

Watching as FSU matched its two-time All-ACC defensive back Lamarcus Joyner on 5-11, sub-200 pound Adam Humphries, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had to wonder. What could he have done with 6-3 speedy Charone Peake at the same position? The junior had tallied eight catches for 84 yards and a score through two games to start the year before suffering a torn ACL in practice…

U. Va Receivers Fail to Catch On (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

It was a rare 2013 Virginia football preview that didn’t list wide receivers as one of the Cavaliers’ special features. Virginia got a combined 135 receptions last year from Darius Jennings, Dominique Terrell, E.J. Scott and Tim Smith, and each had at least one season of remaining eligibility. All four played Saturday in the Cavaliers’ 35-22 loss to Duke and, between them, had one catch…

Duke’s Juggling of Quarterbacks Boone, Connette Effective, But Hokies’ D a Challenge (Daily Press)

Juggling quarterbacks usually is problematic, but Duke coach David Cutcliffe, an acclaimed teacher of the position, is making it work this season. Last week’s 35-22 victory at Virginia was among the best examples. Starter Anthony Boone passed for 245 yards and a touchdown, while backup Brandon Connette rushed for a 6-yard score and completed his only pass…

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