Wednesday, May 27, 2009
ACC lunchtime links
By Heather Dinich
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
It's a good time to be an offensive coordinator in the ACC.
The Tampa Tribune's Brett McMurphy said that thanks to Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, offensive coordinators in the ACC are paid more than in any other conference.
Here are some other ACC tidbits to tempt your lunchtime interest today:
- Prized defensive end/tight end Jerome Lewis has committed to Virginia Tech, the Virginian-Pilot reports.
- Miami quarterback Jacory Harris told the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson that linebacker Jordan Futch and defensive end Olivier Vernon are two players who could emerge this season.
- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney told the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Sun-News that he's not sure if Willy Korn or Kyle Parker will end up starting at quarterback for the Tigers.
- Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson told Larry Fleming of the Dalton (Ga.) Daily Citizen that the Yellow Jackets will be even better in his second season as head coach -- particularly with his spread option offense.
- A late-season spurt that culminated with a trip to the Papajohns.com Bowl has North Carolina State fans excited about the upcoming season. Coach Tom O'Brien told the Wilmington Star-News' Brett Friedlander that he's charged by the high expectations heading into the season.
- Georgia Tech will become what is believed to be the first college to outsource its ticket operations for football and men's basketball, the Sports Business Journal's John Lombardo and Michael Smith report.
- Phil Steele's preseason football magazine ranks Georgia Tech No. 28 in the country. The Yellow Jackets become the fourth ACC team ranked so far by Steele, following No. 30 North Carolina, No. 32 North Carolina State and No. 34 Florida State.
- Florida State wide receiver Richard Goodman was arrested Tuesday night on charges of aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability, the Tallahassee Democrat's Jim Lamar reports. The charges are believed to be in connection with an on-campus fight between members of the football team and a fraternity.
- Among the football figures who have reached out to Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich is Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Rick O'Brien reports.