ACC Daily Links: July 27


Boston College

ESPN’s Andrea Adelson put together both best and worst case scenarios for Boston College football this season. Adelson also predicts that, if things are going well, Darius Wade will win the starting quarterback job.


The Tigers, to the surprise of basically no one, were picked to repeat as champions of ACC football in 2016; according to Aaron Brenner of the Post and Courier, the media has correctly picked the conference champion in 18 of the last 25 seasons. You can probably thank Bobby Bowden for the accuracy there, though.

They’re speaking nice in the summertime: according to Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and new South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, the trash talk that existed between coaches while Steve Spurrier was running things at USC has come to a close. (We’ll see.)


The Blue Devils open their football season up Sept. 3 at home against North Carolina Central, but will Wallace Wade Stadium and its extensive renovations be ready in time?

Leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympics, Duke assistant basketball coach Jeff Capel spoke about being apart of USA Basketball for the second straight major international tournament.

Florida State

The questions is certainly worth asking: has Florida State-Clemson become the greatest annual rivalry in college football?

The Seminoles and Mountaineers of West Virginia are reportedly nearing an agreement to open up the 2020 football season against one another.

Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets open up their football slate at home against Mercer; to read up on the Bears and exactly which player will hit the Nae Nae following the game, here’s a fantastic preview courtesy of From The Rumble Seat.

The Nae Nae — never gets old.

A point of emphasis for Georgia Tech, as the try to distance themselves from a challenging 2015 season, will be improving their meek pass rush from a year ago.


The Cardinals have a lot of hype surrounding their football team heading into the 2016 season, and a big reason for that is dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson, who now has a greater understanding of Bobby Petrino’s playbook.

Speaking of Petrino, the head football coach joined Louisville radio show “Ramsey and Rutherford” to discuss the state of Louisville’s football program in 2016.


The ACC released their preseason All-ACC football team, and Miami — the program that has had seven players selected in the first round of the last 10 NFL Drafts — has only one player on the roster: Justin Vogel, the punter.

Joseph Yearby and Mark Walton give the Hurricanes speed and versatility on offense out of the backfield; what can we expect, though, from power back Gus “The Bus” Edwards, who missed all of 2015 with a foot injury?

NC State

More All-ACC preseason reaction: Jaylen Samuels, NC State’s do-everything tight end, was left off the first team — Clemson’s Jordan Leggett claimed the honor.

The daughter of Wolfpack basketball legend Chucky Brown, Izzy, has decided to play college soccer at…North Carolina. Congrats to her! But this should make for interesting conversations around the dinner table.

North Carolina

For the first time in school history (and since the ACC went to the division format in 2005), North Carolina has been picked as the favorite to win the Coastal Division. Andrew Carter examines how the Heels have done in years past when they’ve been highly regarded in the preseason.

Clemson’s Deshaun Watson received 188 of the 191 preseason votes from the media for All-ACC quarterback. UNC’s Mitch Trubisky received one of the three remaining votes.

While on The David Glenn Show, Ryan Switzer: “I think I’m the best punt returner ever.”

Notre Dame

With the outline for the ACC Network finally in place, what will become of Notre Dame’s inclusion in the conference?

A positive sign for the Fighting Irish as the season approaches: the team, which has serious College Football Playoff aspirations, is healthy heading into fall camp.


Tyler Boyd is in the NFL now — as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals — which means there’s a gap at wide receiver for the Panthers. Who will step up?

The Panthers of Pat Narduzzi had two players named to the preseason All-ACC team, and neither was Qadree Ollison, Jordan Whitehead or James Conner.


The Orange had no players receive a spot on the preseason All-ACC football teams, but they do have a roster full of intriguing players, including wide receiver Jordan Hill, who could excel in Dino Babers’ spread attack.

Babers has become one of the most popular names in coaching circles — he likes to play fast offensively. But according to the man himself, he wouldn’t be in this position without a demotion back in 2002.


After a productive stint with the Charlotte Hornets during Summer League action, Mike Tobey has been signed to the team. His contract, though, is non-guaranteed for next season.

Quin Blanding joins Florida State’s Derwin James as the two safeties on the preseason first team All-ACC defense.

Virginia Tech

Sticking with the All-ACC theme: Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford was the only Hokie named to the preseason squad.

Does first-year coach Justin Fuente have plans to change the famous intro song at Lane Stadium? He tells David Glenn down in Charlotte at the ACC’s media days.

Wake Forest

On Tuesday, the Demon Deacons received a football commitment, the 15th of their 2017 recruiting class: Zach Anderson. Anderson is a three-star defensive lineman from Forest City, North Carolina.

Wake Forest basketball will have a new look when their season starts up in a few months.