ACC's lunchtime links

April, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Promoting your wide receivers coach to head coach is a little unusual -- so is Dabo Swinney's contract. The fact that Swinney is probably the lowest-paid coach in the ACC shows what everyone already knows about the young coach:

  • Swinney still has to prove himself.
  • His lower salary probably made it possible to lure in a top assistant like defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. (Notice the part where the article reads: "the school can deduct the amount of bonus money Swinney would receive if it gives raises to Clemson's assistants")
  • He'll be properly rewarded if and when he wins the ACC championship.

While Swinney is trying to win a few games, Bobby Bowden is trying to keep the games he's already won.

The big story in College Park this spring has been Maryland's defense, which will be on display this Saturday at the Terps' spring game. For Duke, rebuilding the offensive line has been the priority.

Virginia Tech's Orion Martin will go to church as usual this weekend, but he'll have his phone with him -- just in case somebody from the NFL calls. While everyone else gets caught up in the frenzy of draft day, Macho Harris will return to the spot it all began for him.

North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks seems like he's ready for draft day to be over. No doubt he's come along way.

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