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The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners unanimously (5 to 0) approved a 55 acre annexation that , according to Raleigh City Manager J. Russell Allen, would create a "huge issue" for the completion of the Little River watershed, Allen wrote in a strongly worded letter to the town.

The land, near the intersection of Capital Boulevard and Jenkins Road,
is next door to an established subdivision and in the Falls Lake
watershed. Raleigh is opposed to allowing any water and sewer lines into the property.

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Running lines into the watershed willy-nilly could jeopardize Raleigh's credibility with the state and the feds when it needs to get approvals for the Little River Reservoir.

No problem, Wake Forest said, we've already got lines out there. According to chief planner Chip Russell, Wake Forest ran water and sewer lines to the property pre-merger with Raleigh, assuming the land would eventually be annexed.

Reached by phone Allen said, even with existing lines the Tuesday vote could hurt approvals.

"It puts them and us in a difficult situation."

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: Atlantic Division

In predicted order of finish:


2007 record: 9-4, 5-3 ACC

Returning starters: Offense 7, Defense 8

Quarterback?: Yes. Senior Cullen Harper (27 TDs, 6 INTs)

Avoid in the ACC: UNC, Virginia Tech, Miami

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:

New Wake Forest buses getting busy, fast

Two new bus routes in Wake Forest -- an express run to downtown Raleigh and a leisurely loop around town and to Wakefield -- have attracted plenty of riders since they started rolling Monday, Triangle Transit says.

The Wake Forest-Raleigh Express had 96 riders on Monday and 139 on Tuesday.

The Wake Forest-Wakefield Loop had 70 riders on Monday and 124 on Tuesday.

How long before we see standing-room-only on some of those express commuter runs? Stay tuned.

Winners and losers of the ACC schedule

Expansion killed the round-robin in basketball and created an unbalanced schedule. Each team plays five opponents twice — two of which are the designated partner (i.e. UNC's partners are Duke and N.C. State) — and then three home games and three road games.

Teams have used the unbalanced schedule to their advantage, like Virginia winning 11 ACC games in 2006-07 or Virginia Tech winning nine games last season.

Park in Wake Forest and ride the bus. Starting today.

Two new buses will start running today in Wake Forest, where there was no bus service before.

This could be a big deal for people in Wake Forest who want to get out of town.  And for people who want to get around town.

Commuters and others who travel to and from Raleigh can catch the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express. It will leave once an hour on workdays from a new park-and-ride lot on South White Street, just south of the intersection with East Elm Avenue. First stop, Triangle Town Center in North Raleigh.

During the morning and afternoon rush, the bus continues to
downtown Raleigh, stopping at the state government center and Moore

Athlon scouts the ACC

Offer football coaches anonymity and the candor flows. That's what Athlon did for its football preview magazine, which includes a scouting section from unnamed opposing coaches.

You won't hear anything even remotely this close to being interesting at the media kickoff later this month in Georgia, especially the comments about schedules. 

You'll have to buy the magazine for all 12 teams but here's a sample:

Boston College: "Overrated. Good coaches and their kids play hard but their cupboard is bare this year. ... Matt Ryan was probably worth two or three win by himself last year."

N.C. State: "Good staff. That's a team on the rise right there. ... I'm interested to see who their quarterback is. They like the freshman [Mike Glennon] but are they going to play a true freshman?"

Wake Forest: "They've got a friendly schedule. [ACC commissioner John] Swofford took care of them by letting them play Florida State before they get all their guys back. And then they 've got a Thursday night game against Clemson, and that place will probably be a hornet's nest."

Buckets o' respect for ACC football

Noticed a "Clemson, Wake chasing QB recruit" headline on's Fan Nation the other day. It's recruiting season in football so it's not unusual for the AJC to run a story about Justin Wray, who is being pursued by the Tigers and Deacs.

The kicker was the first reader comment:

Clemson and Wake Forest in competition for a player as the lead article
on FN??? I think I'll have another cup of coffee and go for a walk.

This belongs on FN ACC.

Tomorrow: UTEP and New Mexico State interested in same tailback.

Wake's Skeen suspended

Wake Forest won't have the services of forward Jamie Skeen for the first half of the basketball season. The school announced Tuesday Skeen, a junior, will miss the fall semester due to an academic suspension.

Minutes could be scarce for Skeen, who averaged 5.6 points and 4.1 rebounds last season, when (if?) he does return. The Deacs are adding three top-rated freshmen forwards to their roster for Dino Gaudio's second season.

Plus, James Johnson, Chas McFarland and David Weaver return.

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