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2008 ACC football schedule

2008 ACC Football

Thursday, Aug. 28
Jacksonville State @ Ga. Tech, 7:30
Charleston Southern @ Miami, 7:30
N.C. State @ South Carolina, 8
Wake Forest @ Baylor, 8

Saturday, Aug. 30
Va. Tech vs. East Carolina (@ Charlotte), noon
USC @ UVa, 3:30
Delaware @ Maryland, 3:45
McNeese State @ UNC, 6
James Madison @ Duke, 7
Boston College vs. Kent State (@ Cleveland), 7:30
Alabama vs. Clemson (@ Atlanta), 8

Cutcliffe jokes; O'Brien sings

Tags: ACC Now | Duke | N.C. State | UNC

In comparison to Tom O'Brien and Butch Davis, anyone would look like the class clown but David Cutcliffe played the role of jester Thursday at the Pigskin Preview.

The new Duke coach's best line was:

"I called the NCAA during spring practice and asked for five extra days — because the first five days looked nothing like football."

The real surprise Thursday was O'Brien admitting his love for Swedish supergroup ABBA.

College football season starts in Triangle

Tags: ACC Now | Duke | N.C. State | UNC

Coaches from the Triangle's four Division I football programs gathered at the Sheraton in RTP Thursday as part of the annual Pigskin Preview to talk about the game and the season ahead.
At one point, the coaches were asked about the strengths and concerns of their teams.

The coaches responded:

This Bud's for Hawaii

Tags: ACC Now | Duke | N.C. State | UNC

Duke uses its basketball program to fund the rest of its athletic department. The luxury suites at Carter-Finley Stadium keep N.C. State's athletic wheels greased.

Those are conventional methods of funding an athletic program and improving facilities. The University of Hawaii is thinking outside the box and inside the can.

Notre Dame replaces White

When in doubt, lawyer-up. That's what Notre Dame did in its search for a new athletic director. The Irish hired Indianapolis lawyer Jack Swarbrick to replace Kevin White, who left in June for the same job at Duke.

According to the AP story, Swarbrick, a Notre Dame graduate, helped Indianapolis land the Super Bowl and Final Four. What that has to do with running a major college athletic program, I'm not sure. 

Either way, the Irish are pumped. Oh, and Swarbrick said he believes the bowl system works.

Future Devil working it for USA hoops

Mason Plumlee, a 2009 Duke recruit, seems to like international competition.

Plumlee tallied the only double-double with 14 points and 14 boards — FYI big guy, Duke needs that kind of work on the boards when you get out to Durham — for the USA at the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Formosa, Argentina on Tuesday.

Ravenscroft High's Ryan Kelly knocked down a 3-pointer during a key run in the first half as the Bob McKillop-coached USA team (2-0) blew out the Bahamas, 115-51.

Nelson back to normal height

Just want to let everyone know that the 1 3/4 inches of height DeMarcus Nelson lost after being weighed and measured at the Orlando pre-draft camp last month has been located and tacked back onto his body.

Nelson measured 6 feet, 2 1/4 inches, in shoes, in Orlando. Now playing NBA Summer League ball as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors, Nelson's listed at 6-4, the same he was at Duke.

Defining tough

The Worldwide Leader has joined the ACC blogosphere and Heather Dinich made quite a splash with her rankings of the toughest places to play football in the ACC.

N.C. State fans are less than thrilled with Dinich, who more than capably covered Maryland football for the Baltimore Sun and Penn State football for the Centre Daily Times before joining ESPN, because she put Carter-Finley Stadium 11th on her list.

Wolfpackers, and other ACC fans, also took umbrage with her decision to put UNC's Kenan Stadium at No. 4.

Pre-preview: Coastal Division

In predicted order of finish:


2007 record: 11-3, 7-1 ACC (Coastal champs, ACC champs)

Returning starters: Offense 7, Defense 4

Quarterback?: Yes. Sean Glennon (12 TDs, 5 INTs) and Tyrod Taylor (5 TDs, 3 INTs)

Avoid in the ACC: N.C. State, Clemson, Wake Forest


Eight reasons to watch ACC football

The ACC has lost eight straight BCS bowl games and no ACC team is considered a serious national championship contender.

But the conference always is entertaining, even when it doesn’t make a splash nationally.

Here are some reasons to watch as the conference’s annual media kickoff (starting July 20) approaches:

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