ACC: Larry Johnson
1. Larry Johnson, Penn State defensive line coach: If you can't beat him, hire him. Johnson has been the Nits' top recruiter in the state of Maryland, and this is the perfect chance for him to return to the state. Johnson was head coach at McDonough High School in Pomfret, Md., for 19 years. He had an impressive 139-36 record and won state championships in 1983, '85 and '90. In 1992-93, he was head coach at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. He knows this recruiting territory extremely well, and it's the perfect head-coaching opportunity for him. Johnson has spent the past 15 seasons on Joe Paterno's staff, developing numerous first-round NFL draft picks along the way.
2. Houston coach Kevin Sumlin: He's extremely well-respected in the business and should be for what he's done at Houston. His name surfaced in connection with the Miami job. Houston struggled in Sumlin's third season this year, but he took the Cougars to back-to-back bowl games and record-setting numbers in his first two seasons. Prior to taking over at Houston, Sumlin spent seven years in the Big 12, including five seasons at Oklahoma, where he was both the co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach (2006-07) and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach (2003-05).
So there are other, less risky options out there besides Mike Leach. These are just two suggestions. It depends on which direction Anderson wants to go.
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Duke's athletic director is ready and willing to give Wallace Wade Stadium -- which feels as old as its namesake -- an upgrade, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
Kevin White, who was recently hired from Notre Dame, met with reporters Monday and called the facility "antiquated at best."
The problem is, White said he doesn't know where to start. By acknowledging the subpar stadium, though, he already did.
Duke now has the two most important things in place to begin improving upon its embarrassing 4-42 record over the past four seasons -- a veteran head coach in David Cutcliffe and an administration to back him.
In other ACC news this morning. . . .
* This isn't exactly the picture you want for your player bio in the Clemson media guide, but apparently Tommy Bowden has his reasons for allowing DB DeAndre McDaniel to remain an "active member" of the team while he faces criminal assault charges.
* Here's a story for you that I'm all-too familiar with. I covered Maryland for the Baltimore Sun for two and a half seasons and wrote this very same story, which struck a nerve in the Gossett football building. At that time, PSU had gotten 9 of the top 11 players in Maryland. Here's my take on it this time around -- Maryland isn't going to be too concerned because these guys are going to pan out to be average players. How do I know? When's the last time you saw TWO phenomenal players come out of the same high school at the same time? PSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson got four kids from two high schools (Lackey and Eleanor Roosevelt). He's earned quite the reputation for plucking talent out of Maryland, but frankly, he's overrated as a recruiter. Aaron Maybin? Hasn't played. Antonio Logan-El? Quit the team. The list goes on.
* The only other news out of ACC country was unfortunate, as former Georgia Tech DB Jake Rudolph died on Sunday, according to the AJC.