ACC's lunchtime links: Johnson's value increasing

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

It looks like Georgia Tech is nearing a new deal for the ACC Coach of the Year. The original seven years and an annual $1.6 million apparently didn't cut it after a win over Georgia. It's not like Paul Johnson is thinking about bolting, though. The Yellow Jackets' gain is Auburn's loss.

At the end of this story, you'll see that Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich is expected back for his senior season, and defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani would like to see him return.

NC State juniors Willie Young and Jamelle Eugene want to know their status and are submitting their names to the NFL draft advisory board.

Miami's defense faded down the stretch. Here's a look at what the Canes will have to work with in 2009. At the top of the list should be linebacker Sean Spence.

When I sat in Tommy Bowden's office in August and asked him about his young quarterbacks, he gave the impression that Kyle Parker was the one fans should be excited about. It looks like he might have been right, as Parker is expected to give Willy Korn some competition. That is, if baseball doesn't get in the way. Hey, if Russell Wilson can do it ...