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Thursday, January 22, 2009
ACC and the Super Bowl: Don't forget Ken Whisenhunt!

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

When I posted the ACC's ties to the Super Bowl on Wednesday morning, I was only thinking about the players, but many of you were kind enough to remind me about Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Whisenhunt played at Georgia Tech and, according to the ACC, might be the only player in school history to have lettered five times (he lettered in a year in which he received a hardship redshirt).

Whisenhunt played six different positions for the Yellow Jackets and ended his career earning first-team All-ACC honors as a tight end in 1984. He also ended his career second on Georgia Tech's career receiving lists for receptions and receiving yardage.

Whisenhunt isn't the only coach in the Super Bowl with ACC ties.

Don't forget about Arizona's defensive backs coach, Teryl Austin. He spent three seasons (1993-95) in a similar capacity for Wake Forest, and Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley attended Miami before graduating from North Florida University.

Pittsburgh has two coaches with ACC ties -- offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who played quarterback (1970-73) and served as an assistant coach (1975-77) for the Hokies, and special-teams coach Bob Ligashesky, who spent one year as an assistant coach at Wake Forest in 1985. 

Here is your Super Stat for the Super Bowl:

The ACC and Big Ten lead all conferences with 22 players each on the two Super Bowl teams, followed by the SEC (14), Pac-10 (11) and the Big 12 (10).