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ACC's lunchtime links

June, 19, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

TGIF, ACC fans, because we're running out of links this week. Here we go ...

  • Clemson freshman Tajh Boyd looks at Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor and thinks, why not me? He certainly doesn't want to redshirt -- not with Kyle Parker and Willy Korn sticking around for a while.
  • Florida State is fighting an uphill battle against the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, which released its letter to the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee on Thursday.
  • Here's what FSU will be losing when president T.K. Wetherell retires.
  • And here's one leftover I stumbled across ... five keys to Georgia Tech's season.
  • And the reader's choice award today goes to T.C. Burr, who spotted a few ACC names among the choices for president Pete Carroll's cabinet, God forbid such an office should ever exist ...

USC ready to prepare for the Buckeyes

August, 30, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- USC coach Pete Carroll has been reluctant to talk too much about Ohio State's visit to the Coliseum on Sept. 13, and he had some more fun toying with reporters about it again on Saturday.

"We play them two weeks from now, right?" he asked.

After a bit more prodding, Carroll acknowledged the fact their staff will begin preparing for the Buckeyes "a week from now."

"I'm thrilled to be coming back to the Coliseum and getting a home game," he said. "It's going to be exciting for everybody. There's a ton of hype about it and all that. We'll get to work on that a week from now. It's a terrific chance for us to get a great challenge again. ... Ohio State is a great program, they are a great program. We'll try to get ourselves ready to play them."

His players are ready to start preparing.

"When we get back to school we definitely have to start watching film," receiver Vidal Hazelton said. "I'm sure they're going to bring it just like we are. They're a real good team. We just have to continue to watch film and prepare."

One reporter asked Carroll if he knew Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells got hurt.

"He did?" Carroll asked, raising his eyebrows.

"You weren't aware he got hurt?" the reporter asked.

"Yeah, somebody told me," he said with a wry smile. "They stuck it on my chair when I came in."

USC's Sanchez '100 percent'

August, 30, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

 AP Photo
 USC quarterback Mark Sanchez led the Trojans in a convincing 52-7 win over Virginia on Saturday.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The soft black Bio Slim brace protecting USC quarterback Mark Sanchez's left kneecap looked more like an accessory on Saturday than it did a necessity.

It certainly didn't prevent him from completing 26-of-35 passes for 338 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Sanchez , who dislocated his kneecap earlier this month, he felt "100 percent" following the Trojans' 52-7 drubbing of Virginia.

He looked it, too. Sanchez was able to move around in the pocket, get the ball downfield, and manage the offense.

"That was the big question mark coming into the game," Sanchez said. "... When the first news came out four weeks, (the doctors and trainers) didn't want to hear it. That's the kind of attitude I like and I'm glad they got me back out. I moved when I needed to and was really happy out there."

USC coach Pete Carroll said Sanchez has been ready since he was cleared to play on Tuesday.

"He was fine," Carroll said. "The recovery was extraordinary. The guys working with him ... those guys did a great job. Every step of the way they knew what they were doing, they took care of him. Mark was diligent about working and it wasn't a factor. It just wasn't. Once he was back, he was back. He had to prove it to himself as well. He moved around beautifully in the pocket. His resourcefulness back there is what gives you that second chance."

Not that USC needed one.

"USC was a big, powerful, fast team with superior quarterback play today," Virginia coach Al Groh said. "We were anything but big and fast and our quarterback turned the ball over too many times."

So much for Groh's surprise element at quarterback.

Peter Lalich completed 18-of-35 passes for 155 yards and one interception and he was sacked twice -- something Sanchez didn't have to worry about.

The Trojans dominated every phase of the game, and it all started up front, where USC's offensive line had no problem blocking against a defensive line that struggled to replace Chris Long and defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald.

"These guys played beautifully," Carroll said of his offensive linemen. " There were a number of times in this game when Mark had forever back there."

How much time?

"A lot," Sanchez said, laughing. "A lot. That's good. Coach (Pat) Ruel always calls it, in practice he says, 'We're cooking steaks back there because we've got that much time,' and that's the way it felt. The whole line takes pride in that, not letting me get hit and me having ample time to make the right decision and get the ball out of my hands. It felt good. I love that feeling."

Sanchez played conservatively against Virginia, and will speed up the offense in coming weeks. Odds are, he'll have less time to think against the Ohio State defense. But yes, how smoothly everything went for Sanchez and his knee today will only help with his confidence and preparation for the Buckeyes.

"I can keep doing my rehab, that rehab stuff never stops it's going to go all season long," he said. "The doctors and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's exciting to know I've got one under my belt with this whole knee deal and I'm back to 100 percent. I feel good and we're ready to start preparing for Ohio State."

Locker room report on USC win

August, 30, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The media wasn't allowed to wait for coach Pete Carroll in the visitors' post-game interview room immediately after the game in fear that the walls might be too thin, and we could hear what was being said in USC's locker room across the narrow hallway.

There was no way to quell the booming baritones, though, as the Trojans sung the USC fight song moments after pummelling Virginia 52-7.

You probably could have heard the Trojans banging on the lockers and celebrating from the 50-yard line.

Meanwhile, down the hall, Virginia linebacker Clint Sintim hung his head, barely looking up over his glasses, and quarterback Peter Lalich wrung his hands so tight they turned red as he spoke to reporters.

As was expected, their postgame demeanors were as polar opposite as their performances on the field.

Week 1 ACC predictions

August, 28, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Well, here it is. Warning: I have a tendency to be either dead-on for these things or waaay off. Let's rock.

Miami 34, Charleston Southern 10: Despite the suspensions and a freshman starting at quarterback, Miami will have the upper hand against this small school that went 5-6 in the Big South Conference last year. The Buccaneers do have more experience at quarterback, though, as former Clemson backup Tribble Reese attempted 11 passes with the Tigers.

Georgia Tech 41, Jacksonville State 17: JSU might be favored to win the Ohio Valley Conference, but not this game. With three sophomores on the offensive line, the Yellow Jackets' defensive line will be too much even for Ryan Perrilloux to overcome.

Wake Forest 31, Baylor 14: Who will start at quarterback for Baylor is a mystery, and it could be Miami transfer Kirby Freeman. Regardless, the Demon Deacons have the edge at quarterback. Four starters return to Baylor's offensive line, but that's not necessarily a good thing considering the Bears ranked 113th in the nation in rushing last year with 77 yards per game.

Clemson 24, Alabama 21: In a game of experience versus youth, the Tigers have the edge. Alabama has only five starters returning on defense and its receiving corps took a hit. Third-year starter John Parker Wilson was a record-setter last year, and they've got the more experienced offensive line, but Tommy Bowden has the veteran team.

Duke 26, James Madison 17: JMU has 15 starters back from its 8-4 playoff season, and is 37-13 over the past four seasons under coach Mickey Matthews. There are no guaranteed wins for a team that won one game last year, but Duke has a new energy this season and home field advantage, not to mention one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC. I say Duke will beat the Dukes.

Maryland 23, Delaware 10: This is not Joe Flacco's Delaware team. Still, Maryland has a tendency to underperform in these types of games and keep things interesting. The Terps have a better offensive line and are stacked at linebacker. Jordan Steffy should have a successful comeback.

UNC 38, McNeese State 10: Brandon Take, Hakeem Nicks and T.J. Yates (not to mention Greg Little and Deunta Williams) are reason alone to pick the Tar Heels. With expectations soaring in Chapel Hill this year and a sold-out home crowd for this game, there's no question UNC will take care of business.

South Carolina 20, NCSU 10: These teams have enough in common it should be close. Both teams have an inexperienced quarterback, a starting running back out, and both were terrible against the run last year. I'm going with the home team. The program has a .775 winning percentage in home season openers.

USC 42, Virginia 21: There's a reason the Trojans are the favorite in the Pac-10. Starting at quarterback, the Trojans win this game, even if Pete Carroll goes with backup Aaron Corp. USC's defense is loaded, and should be just as good as it was last year, when it ranked second in the country.

Virginia Tech 21, East Carolina 17: This shouldn't be much different from last year. If there was an upset watch this week, this would be it. Both teams have named their starting quarterbacks but Sean Glennon is the more experienced of the two, and East Carolina lost its top running back, Dominique Lindsay.

Boston College 24, Kent State 17: The Eagles are eager to prove the naysayers wrong, and BC's defense will carry will this team through the first few games. There is no doubt, though, that Kent State running back Eugene Jarvis will get his yards on these guys.

FSU is off.