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Pitt playing like a Narduzzi defense

Pitt playing like a Narduzzi defense

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price tilted his head back and broke into a hearty chuckle over the latest story he was told about the passion of Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi.Price was seated at a table in a conference room for the ACC Kickoff media days last week...

Close no longer satisfies Virginia

Close no longer satisfies Virginia

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – No need to remind Micah Kiser how close Virginia came to upsetting Notre Dame last year.He remembers Virginia leading the No. 9-ranked Irish, 27-21, in the fourth quarter until Notre Dame scored with 40 seconds to play to snatch victory from the Cavaliers....

Lamar Jackson works on his game from pocket

Lamar Jackson works on his game from pocket

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The dynamic quarterback missed some playing time as a true freshman with an injury, but he showed enough flashes to enter his sophomore season with preseason Heisman Trophy attention.That hint suggests Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, who finished third in the...

Clemson welcomes national expectations

Clemson welcomes national expectations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nick Saban points to Clemson as his preseason pick for the No. 1 team in the nation.Sure, the crusty Alabama head coach is trying to deflect attention from his defending national championship team, but he named Clemson – not Florida State, Oklahoma, or...

Fuente careful to preserve Beamer legacy

Fuente careful to preserve Beamer legacy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The ACC includes four new head coaches this year, but only one faced a tightrope explaining his vision of the future without treading on the past.Miami’s Mark Richt, Syracuse’s Dino Babers and Virgina’s Bronco Mendenhall have faced no such balancing act....

Justin Thomas learns from tough season

Justin Thomas learns from tough season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas now understands the old football axiom that quarterbacks get too much of the credit and too much of the blame applies to option as well as passing QBs.He’s lived both ends of it the past two years directing the Yellow Jackets’...

Pitt eager to renew Penn State rivarly

Pitt eager to renew Penn State rivarly

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman grew up a Florida Gators fan in Jacksonville, Fla., well-versed in college football rivalries.There was no escaping the famed Florida-Georgia rivalry played annually in his hometown as a neutral site. Florida also played...

Edwards and Switzer defend returns

Edwards and Switzer defend returns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It’s no surprise that Duke’s DeVon Edwards and North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer are opposed to any thought the NCAA has raised to possibly banning kickoff returns for safety reasons.Edwards, a senior defensive back, has six career kickoff returns for...

Thomas learned from football at every level

Thomas learned from football at every level

Many pivotal football points influenced Dennis E. Thomas’ lifelong athletics career.They began as a high school player in Heidelberg, Miss., that earned a scholarship to Alcorn State, a HBCU in Lorain, Miss. He earned All-American honors from the famed Pittsburgh...

Minter passes on football lessons

Minter passes on football lessons

Mike Minter decided a couple years into NFL retirement that he gained too much knowledge playing for John Fox and Tom Osborne to settle for a life of playing golf and fishing.His nine-year career playing safety for the Carolina Panthers included the franchise’s first Super Bowl...