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ACC Roundup

In ACC games this Saturday, Miami beat Lafayette, 98-66, Wake survived
Appalachian State by 10, 88-78, and B.C. smoked Rhode Island 86-68.

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Sunday ACC Action!
Teams Times TV
UMES vs. UVa 3:00 Hell No
Wake Forest vs. Air Force 9:30 FSNS/CSN/NESN
Virginia Tech vs. somebody (TBA) Whenever ESPN-ish
ACC Standings!
<!a href="" target=_top>Clemson 0-0 7-0
<!a href="" target=_top>Maryland 0-0 7-0
<!a href="" target=_top>Wake
0-0 5-0
<!a href="" target=_top>North
Carolina State
0-0 4-0
<!a href="" target=_top>Virginia 0-0 3-0
<!a href="" target=_top>Duke 0-0 5-1
<!a href="" target=_top>Georgia
0-0 5-1
<!a href="" target=_top>Florida
0-0 4-1
<!a href="" target=_top>North
0-0 4-1
<!a href="" target=_top>Virginia
0-0 3-1
<!a href="" target=_top>Miami
0-0 4-2
<!a href="" target=_top>Boston
0-0 2-2

No great surprises there except that Wake's game was so close. But odds
are no one around Reynolda will even notice, as their football team has done the
impossible and finished the season at 10-2 and advanced to the ACC championship
game, where you'd have to think they have a shot against Georgia Tech.

When expansion was discussed, everyone figured Wake was nuts to support it
since they'd never do anything in football again. Guess everyone
(including us) was wrong. It's an extraordinary season, and Jim Grobe deserves
consideration for national coach of the year (odds are he has the ACC award
locked up). But maybe something else has happened too: the ACC has dragged
the new guys down to the traditional level of ACC football.

In Raleigh, meanwhile, the death watch is on for Chuck Amato's job, as the
oddly dressed gent from down Miami way seems doomed. After losing to UNC
and ECU consecutively, support for Amato has eroded. If you remember, last
year, State fans had largely abandoned basketball for the apparently safe harbor
of football. State was said to be a football school, so profoundly had
Herb Sendek alienated so many people.

Now, the most charismatic (and beloved) person in the athletic department is
the new basketball coach, Sidney Lowe, and football is disdained. And the
funniest part is going to be watching State fans downgrade their expectations
after they realize they can't get the coaches they think they deserve.
They might be able to get offensive genius Norm Chow to come back, though.
He apparently enjoyed Raleigh and is said to miss it. So who knows? If
not, hey, Larry Coker is free.

Two dreary games on Sunday, plus Wake taking on Air Force, which should be
good, then straight into the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. We'll be talking about
that more on Sunday.