ACC rewind: offseason troubles

June, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

I'm ba-ack. I know, I know, some of you were hoping for a permanent vacation. Sorry, you're stuck with me. You'll live. Here's a quick recap of last week's ACC news and how it really will -- or won't -- affect this season:

  • FSU receiver facing felony battery charge: A witness identified Richard Goodman as the person who swung a chair and hit a female in the face during a brawl near the student union last November. Goodman is facing a second-degree felony charge and has been suspended indefinitely. Bobby Bowden is running out of receivers. Rod Owens was also suspended indefinitely for a separate incident. How this affects FSU's offense obviously depends on how long they are suspended for, and how quickly Taiwan Easterling recovers from an injury to his Achilles.
  • Clemson reserve Humphries suspended for first two games: This hurts the Tigers' depth and leadership, but won't cost them any wins. All five starters return to the offensive line, and it should still be a strength of the team. Barry Humphries started seven games in 2007 and was second on that team in knockdown blocks. He probably would have played more than 42 snaps last year had he not torn his ACL in a scooter accident. Humphries was arrested on a DUI charge in early May while driving his motor scooter in Clemson (hence the suspension). He was expected to be one of the team's top leaders. Now he's out for the games against Middle Tennessee and Georgia Tech.
  • Duke's Asack dismissed from the program: If Zack Asack had remained the Blue Devils' backup quarterback, it might have been more of a concern, but Asack moved to safety prior to the start of spring ball, and Sean Renfree proved more than capable of leading Duke's offense behind Thaddeus Lewis.

Congrats to Miami for not making this list. Randy Shannon is doing his job when it comes to discipline and changing the culture in Coral Gables, and South Florida Sun-Sentinel columnist Dave Hyde wrote an excellent column recognizing this.

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