ACC: Georgia Dome

Johnson reserved on games in Georgia Dome

July, 22, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson kept his comments reserved on Monday when asked about his ACC opponents who are starting to make a habit of playing preseason games in the Georgia Dome.

First it was Clemson. Next it will be Virginia Tech -- an announcement Johnson found out about only after reading it in the paper.

If that's what you call a friendship with the Atlantic Sports Council, these guys might want to start working on their communication skills.

It sounds like they'll be talking about it. Johnson shouldn't have to be the one who initiates dialogue. A little warning would have been nice on the agreement with the Hokies.

"I think that that's something that needs to be discussed," Johnson said. "I found out when I saw it in the paper."

Playing a game in the Georgia Dome is bound to help those teams recruit out of Johnson's backyard.

Said Johnson: "It couldn't hurt 'em."

ACC in the morning: Watching Weatherford, Miami

July, 18, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Not so fast, FSU fans. Those of you who have already bought your No. 14 jerseys as your vote for Christian Ponder this season might want to know Drew Weatherford hasn't conceded anything just yet.

Here's an interesting tidbit about Miami from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: The last time Miami had this much inexperience at quarterback was in 1983, when Bernie Kosar led the Hurricanes to a national title.

This just in: Resurrecting Miami's program ain't easy.

The Florida Sports Writers Association College Football Media Days are going on, hence the news from Miami. Here's the Palm Beach Post's take on it. Here are some notes and quotes that were in the Orlando Sentinel, which is getting the silent treatment from George O'Leary. And of course, the Miami Herald was there, too. And the Florida Times-Union.

For those of you Wolfpack fans paying attention to what's going on at South Carolina (Aug. 28 season opener), you might be interested in Steve Spurrier's latest vote of confidence in quarterback Tommy Beecher.

In NC State's own backyard, Tom O'Brien, Butch Davis and David Cutcliffe got together Thursday at the Triangle Pigskin Preview. These guys have a sense of humor (O'Brien's rather dry). But it's also July. The Raleigh News & Observer had a similar take on it.

Here's a belated thought on Virginia Tech starting the 2009 season in the Georgia Dome, much like Clemson is this year: Georgia Tech -- and Georgia for that matter -- can't be happy about this. Two other ACC schools coming into their recruiting turf and stealing the national spotlight out of their own backyard? Can't be good.

Oh, geez, I hate it when this happens.

Check back later for what FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett thinks of my opinions.

ACC in the morning: Hokies to play in Atlanta in '09

July, 17, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

The hype surrounding this year's Clemson/Alabama game in the Georgia Dome looked too good to pass up for Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver, so the Hokies are looking for a similar matchup next season. Here's another piece on it from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

* Just how important is Cullen Harper to the Tigers? They're only as good as his shoulder.

* Here's something that will make you laugh, dadgummit.

* Uh oh -- there may be some angry wealthy ticket holders in Death Valley. There's nothing worse than an influential booster who forks over cash and doesn't get what he wants -- seats, coaches and ACC titles included.

* Here's the inside scoop on former FSU tight end Jonathan Hannah, who apparently wasn't much of a loss for the 'Noles.

* Speaking of FSU, for those of you who had issues with my placement of their offensive line, I told you Rick Trickett will earn his money this season. (Great lead to this story, btw).

* Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe and his staff plucked another one out of the state of Florida.

* Can Duke coach David Cutcliffe win the season opener against James Madison?