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Football brings Lynn Swann back to USC

Football brings Lynn Swann back to USC

Lynn Swann’s football story began playing on youth league teams, continued through All-American honors at both San Mateo (Calif.) Serra High and USC and culminated with winning four Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers.Following his playing days, Swann was enshrined into...

Don Coryell belongs in Hall of Fame

Don Coryell belongs in Hall of Fame

This weekend's Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies and an excellent story Clark Judge wrote for Talk of Fame Sports reminded me of a story I wrote in 2008 for Voice of San Diego making a case for Don Coryell's enshrinement in Canton, Ohio. Note the research on Pro...

Richt trying to boot program image

Richt trying to boot program image

CHARLOTTE, N.C — Miami’s Brad Kaaya sat behind a rectangular table engulfed by reporters. Recorders, cameras and notepads were pointed the quarterback’s way at the recent ACC Kickoff media days.He earnestly answered all football questions. Same with off-field queries about...

Miami preparing to visit The Rock

Miami preparing to visit The Rock

The U is coming to The Rock.That sounds vaguely like it has something do with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He’s the the former Miami football player who went from the make-believe world of the WWE to Hollywood’s tinsel-town movies, but in this case the reference is actually an...

Tar Heels gained confidence despite Clemson loss

Tar Heels gained confidence despite Clemson loss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina is picked to win the ACC’s Coastal Division, which — around the rest of the nation — can be called “The Other Guys.”Clemson, the 2015 national runner-up, and Florida State, the 2013 national champion, reside in the tougher ACC Atlantic. Louisville...

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....