ACC Baseball Breakdown – 4/25

Posted by Brandon Rink on April 25, 2011 under ACC Baseball | Comments are off for this article

Tigers sent a message this past weekend against Wake Forest, but not exactly the one they'd like. (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com)

This weekend had some surprises that shook up the projections for the ACC and NCAA Tourneys…

OVERALL PICTURE

Miami snapped UNC’s 19-game home winning streak and kept them on the downward spiral this weekend (lost 5 of last 6 ACC games) by taking 2 of 3. The Hurricanes are now three games back of division-leading Virginia.

And on those ‘Hoos, they couldn’t pull the sweep on NC State after ace lefty Danny Hultzen was roughed up in game one of a doubleheader. They’re still No. 1 in the Baseball America poll.

The Jackets stand just a game back of the top spot after sweeping BC.

If I had to rank the ACC after this weekend, I’d go…

  1. Virginia (40-4, 18-3)
  2. Georgia Tech (30-11, 17-4)
  3. Miami (27-13, 15-6)
  4. Florida State (31-10, 14-7)
  5. North Carolina (32-10, 13-8)
  6. Clemson (25-14, 11-10)
  7. NC State (24-18, 9-12)
  8. Wake Forest (16-25, 7-14)
  9. Boston College (14-23, 6-15)
  10. Virginia Tech (23-18, 7-14)
  11. Duke (20-23, 4-17)
  12. Maryland (17-25, 4-17)

COASTAL DIVISION CONTENDERS

Virginia Outlook…

Remaining ACC Series: @BC, Miami, @UNC

Virginia is still rolling along, but they’ll want to pull a sweep from Boston College this weekend as Miami and Georgia Tech aren’t fading away.

Projected Finish: 1st

NCAA Tourney Projection: National seed

Georgia Tech Outlook…

Remaining ACC Series: @Clemson, UNC, @VT

It’s Clemson-Georgia Tech week – a rivalry that’s heated up of late. The Jackets are fresh off sweeping another Atlantic team in Boston College, and they’d like another cross-divisional series win going into a series with UNC at home and trip to Blacksburg.

Projected Finish: 2nd

NCAA Tourney Projection: Regional host

Miami Outlook…

Remaining ACC Series: FSU, @UVa, Duke.

The Hurricanes had the most impressive weekend in the ACC with a road series win at UNC, and are now within striking distance of the division-lead, but first, it’s a huge rivalry series with the Seminoles. Both teams are playing well coming in so get your popcorn ready for that one.

Projected Finish: 3rd

NCAA Tourney Projection: Regional host

UNC Outlook…

Remaining ACC Series: Maryland, @GT, UVa.

We said reeling last week – free-fall mode now? They’ve gone from national seed contender to the back of the pack of the Coastal leaders (5 GB from Virginia now with 9 games to go – just 1 GB two weeks ago). In the rotation and bullpen, the Heels just have found little answers beyond the Sunday gem by Kent Emanuel (CG, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks in a 8-1 win).

Projected Finish: 4th

NCAA Tourney Projection: 2 seed

ATLANTIC DIVISION CONTENDERS

FSU Outlook…

Remaining ACC Series: @Miami, @NC State, Clemson

FSU has gone the opposite of UNC after the Heels-Noles matchup with a 5-1 mark – sweeping Duke this weekend and taking 2 of 3 from Virginia Tech to maintain a three game lead in the Atlantic. Add two wins over Florida-Gulf Coast and the Seminoles are making their case to take the division and stay home for the NCAA Tournament’s first round and Super Regionals.

Projected Finish: 1st

NCAA Tourney Projection: Regional host

Clemson Outlook…

Remaining ACC Series: GT, @VT, @FSU

Took in Clemson-Wake Forest baseball this weekend, and let’s just say the Tigers weren’t overly impressive. Saturday starter Scott Firth only went two innings and gave up 3 runs of the 9 runs the Demon Deacs posted to steal a win from Clemson. The Tiger bats were pretty pretty silent in the first two games before an eruption on Sunday for 10 runs and 12 hits. It was just a series that confirmed my doubts that they’ll make another late run for the Atlantic Divsion…or steal a host.

Projected Finish: 2nd

NCAA Tourney Projection: 2 seed

NC State Outlook…

Remaining ACC Series: Maryland, FSU, @BC

NC State made a statement with a win and a couple more close calls on the road at the nation’s top team in Virginia. It’s all divisional series from here on, and the Wolfpack have beaten better teams lately then all their remaining opponents.

Projected Finish: 3rd

NCAA Tourney Projection: 3 seed

Can Georgia Tech or Miami threaten Virginia? Will NC State make a surprise run? No. of CWS teams from ACC? Let me know what ya think…

BREAKING: Interesting things said at ACC spring teleconference

Posted by Brandon Rink on April 21, 2011 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

BC's Spaziani certainly didn't win the teleconference. (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com)

Thanks to Twitter – finding the relevant information out of a big media teleconference is made easier. Here’s a sampling of the major tidbits from Twitter updates and articles…

No QB job for you, Russell Wilson!

Apparently, Tom O’Brien isn’t going to entertain the Russell Wilson taking QB job back talk this fall. At. All.

HD’s transcript:

How much of an internal debate was it for you to say, ‘Even though I have a quarterback who could break ACC passing records, I’m going to sit him on the bench, and I’m ok with that?

TOB: I’m not sitting him on the bench. He made a choice to play baseball. That was his choice, choosing a baseball career. I don’t know if he’s going to sit on the bench. I have no idea what the outlook is. So we’re moving forward. That was the decision we made a long time ago.

Didn’t you say, though, that if he came back, he would be the backup?

TOB: That’s where he’s going to be.

Isn’t that the same thing as sitting the bench?

TOB: You can call it what you want to do, but that was the decision that was made then. We can’t be beholden to outside interests of who’s going to run our football program.

Of course, this is pretty ridiculous. If Wilson comes back, I can’t imagine he immediately goes to the bench.

But O’Brien’s saying what he needs to – and if Wilson sticks with baseball-only, it looks like the right call to unequivocally stick with Glennon.

Miami QB battle predictably goes on – need depth on D, WR…

@ACCSports: Golden on QB competition – “It’s going to go right up until the middle of August.”

@Manny_Navarro#UM coach Al Golden said team needs to create depth on D in the fall and at WR, which had a lot of injuries in spring

Spaz says Montel Harris’ knee injury rehab is a ’saga’ – don’t expect anything dramatically different from O…

@ACCSports: Spaz on Montel Harris – (long pause) “That’s an ongoing saga. That’s where we are with that.”

I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem like a good thing for one of the ACC’s top running backs.

@ACCSports: Spaz on new OC Kevin Rogers – “I don’t think the offense will be that much different … we’re not going to the spread …”

Uh, isn’t the idea of bringing in a new OC, after finishing 109th in total offense, to be a lot different? Probably on both statements here – Spaz is bitten by his own brutal honesty, and loyalty/respect to former OC Gary Tranquill. Still, it’s not a good look.

No one B-back standing out for Georgia Tech – Washington creating separation at No. 1 QB…

@ACCSports: Paul Johnson – 4-5 guys can fill in at the B back position for Georgia Tech. Bad news for ACC fantasy FB players.

@FSUROCKER: Paul Johnson on Tevin Washington “At this time he has a significant edge”

FSU has found their center out of a injury-riddled spring…

@IraSchoffel: Only real news from Jimbo Fisher portion of ACC teleconference: Jacob Fahrenkrug has a home at center. Came in as a guard.

More on Fahrenkrug in this Orlando Sentinel blog.

@FSUROCKER: Quotes from ACC Spring Tele-Conference with Jimbo Fisher http://bit.ly/gw1WSM

Randy Edsall shockingly reveals that the Terps will be…

@ACCSports: Ahh, Maryland will be “multiple” on both sides of the ball. Translation – “I’m not telling you anything.”

Frank Beamer says David Wilson is…

@FSUROCKER: Frank Beamer on David Wilson: “I think he’s better than ever”

UNC looking for LBs…

@FSUROCKER: “We have to find a third starting LB and Depth” -Butch Davis

Duke is young, really young on D…

@ACCSports: Cutcliffe – 10 DL will be either freshmen or redshirt freshmen …

Not literally (we hope)…

@FSUROCKER: “We have the opportunity to be explosive with this system. Tajh has an explosive arm” -Dabo

Virginia QB carousel…

@TheUVAFool has us covered on the ‘Hoos QBs:

“Ross Metheny is the oldest of all of them and therefore you could say arguably the most experienced. But you gain experience by playing in games and he’s played in a lot of games. Just being around Coach [Bill] Lazor for a while and being here before that the QB position, understanding coverages and where to go with the ball and different decision-making processes. He does that well.”

“Rocco comes from a dad that coached him as a QB. They’d come to our camps, our 7-on-7 camps, and his school (Liberty Christian) would win every 7-on-7 camp against any team from Maryland, DC, Atlanta, wherever they went, because he was a good decision maker.”

ACC Spring Football Talk

Posted by Brandon Rink on April 20, 2011 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Clemson RB Andre Ellington had to watch the new offense install from the sidelines this spring while rehabbing for a toe injury. (Per OrangeandWhite.com)

I know you’re wondering – why aren’t you talking ACC football, Brandon?

Well, I have been – just not here.

Did a spring ACC football series for OrangeandWhite.com (and will have a post-spring one coming up).

And fresh off the Interwebs is a spring football column for Southern Pigskin:

For most of the ACC, spring football is done – and the long wait to the next meaningful football news begins.

One thing is certain – we have a lot more questions to ponder than actual answers about ACC football out of the spring.

At Boston College, the Eagles have their man at QB in Chase Rettig, but it’s hard to say where they will go under a new offensive system.

With the Tigers, there were glimpses of what new OC Chad Morris has promised in the spring game, a faster tempo and physical running game, but without their star RB Andre Ellington all spring, they’re a toss-up too when it comes to stepping on the field in September. <Check out my thoughts on every team here>