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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
ACC's lunchtime links

By Heather Dinich
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Boston College is still stung by its loss to Virginia Tech in the ACC title game, but this year's group of seniors are still capable of something special.

UNC coach Butch Davis is apparently earning his $2 million salary, as increases in attendance and ticket sales have led to a big payoff for the program.

NC State coach Tom O'Brien enters the Papajohns.com Bowl on a six-game bowl winning streak. "He's a bowl coach," says linebacker Nate Irving.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson finished fourth in the national Coach of the Year voting. In case you missed this story earlier, Johnson has really toned down bowl practices from the way his predecessor, Chan Gailey, used to run things:

"Bowl practices here used to be hell," defensive tackle Darryl Richard said. "It was like going to camp again."

Cal running back Jahvid Best is keeping Miami linebacker Sean Spence awake at night.

Al Groh still has one position he needs to fill, a defensive line coach.