Atlantic Coast RUMORS & NEWS

  • Pitt HC Pat Narduzzi Upset About Steelers Playing On Same Night As Panthers

    Sportsnaut "The Pittsburgh Steelers are taking on the Cleveland Browns Thursday night, which is the same night the Pittsburgh Panthers are playing against North Carolina. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi is not happy about having to share the national stage. In particular, he’s upset about how..." November 11

  • 'Last Chance U' Coach Jason Brown Makes Pitch For FSU Job, I'd Get The Best Players

    TMZ ""C'mon man, that s**t is easy. I don't care what people say. You can't tell me SC, Florida State, Florida, Miami, UCLA, I don't care who it is. How are they not winning? I don't give a s**t, man. You call me dumb, or blindsided, or whatever, ignorant. Give me a polo,..." November 09

  • Florida State coaching search: Deion Sanders stunningly emerges as a candidate, per report

    CBS Sports "If you thought Urban Meyer or Bob Stoops were eye-popping, perhaps unbelievable options to replace Willie Taggart at Florida State, just read the next sentence. Former Seminoles All-American and Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders has "emerged as a candidate" to become the next..." November 08

  • LeBron James backs Deion Sanders for Florida State coaching job

    Larry Brown Sports "Deion Sanders is apparently being considered as a potential candidate for the Florida State head coaching job, which is somewhat shocking given that he has no coaching experience at the college or pro level. But if LeBron James were the athletic director at FSU, Sanders might already be..." November 08

  • Jimbo Fisher on FSU firing Willie Taggart: ‘I hate it for the program’

    Sportsnaut "Jimbo Fisher left the Florida State football program high and dry in a stunning move that resulted in him taking the Texas A&M job during the 2017 season. It has been completely downhill for the Seminoles since, leading to the recent firing of head coach Willie..." November 07

  • Why the FSU-Bob Stoops speculation might (and might not) make sense

    Tampa Bay Times "Florida State’s coaching search was barely 24 hours old when the social media rumors began to approach Gruden-to-Tennessee levels of hysteria. Instead of Grumors, we have Bob Stoops to Florida State speculation (Stoopsulation? I don’t know, I’m still workshopping..." November 05

  • Bob Stoops 'on the list' but says he's 'not a candidate' for FSU coaching job

    CBS Sports "One day after Willie Taggart was fired by Florida State just nine games into his second season, the college football coaching rumor mill picked up full steam Monday with many believing the Seminoles had already zeroed in on their next coach and landed Bob Stoops. While..." November 05

  • Clemson left out of playoff in first CFP rankings of season

    Larry Brown Sports "The College Football Playoff committee on Tuesday released its first rankings of the season, and there are two big takeaways. One, they have Ohio State ranked No. 1. Two, they have the defending national champion Clemson Tigers ranked fifth, which means they would not be in the..." November 05

  • Miami safety out for the year after injuring himself while celebrating an interception

    Barstool Sports "Good news for Miami? They pretty much were the final straw on the camels back that got Willie Taggart fired.  Bad news? One of their defensive contributors is out for the season. " November 04

  • Syracuse fires defensive coordinator Brian Ward

    Syracuse.com "It couldn’t have been easy for the fiercely loyal Dino Babers to kick someone out of his Orange 'Ohana, but firing Brian Ward as defensive coordinator was a move he had to make following Syracuse’s embarrassing display against Boston College on..." November 04

  • Five Candidates to Replace Willie Taggart at Florida State

    The Big Lead "Florida State announced they fired Willie Taggart on Sunday, which means the Seminoles will need a new head football. After athletic director David Coburn claimed the school wouldn't pursue Urban Meyer under any circumstances, it's time to consider other candidates. What..." November 04

  • Lane Kiffin interested in Florida State head coach job

    Larry Brown Sports "Look out, folks. Lane Kiffin wants back into the Power Five. According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, Kiffin has expressed his interest in the Florida State job on the heels of Willie Taggart’s Sunday firing. " November 04

  • Clemson is playing dangerous College Football Playoff game

    New York Post "Not a single win over a team currently ranked. Just four victories over teams above .500, and one is Wofford. A near loss to 4-5 North Carolina. It scheduled Wofford and Charlotte as part of its non-conference slate. The best win came against mediocre Texas A&M, which is in fourth..." November 04

  • Miami DB Bubba Bolden Suffers Bad Leg Injury While Celebrating Interception Against FSU

    Total Pro Sports "Injuries happen in football, but some of them can 100% be avoided. Case in point: Miami Hurricanes defensive back Budda Bolden who was forced to leave the game against the Florida State Seminoles when he intercepted quarterback Alex Hornibrook and immediately went to celebrate with..." November 03

  • Florida State football fires coach Willie Taggart nine games into his second season

    CBS Sports "Florida State has fired coach Willie Taggart nine games into his second season leading the Seminoles. Athletic director David Coburn announced the termination in a press release Sunday, noting it is effective immediately and that Taggart will not continue leading FSU this..." November 03

  • Pitt, LB Elias Reynolds have ‘mutually decided to part ways’

    College Football Talk "If I ever switch breakfast cereals or opt for a new Internet provider, that’s exactly how I want it to be portrayed. A Pitt spokesperson confirmed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Friday that the football program and linebacker Elias Reynolds have..." November 02

  • How each College Football Playoff contender could fare with its backup quarterback under center

    CBS Sports "As the College Football Playoff picture starts to come into focus, it's understandable that quarterbacks like Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Fields and Joe Burrow have become the faces of their team's playoff runs. But in four of the five College..." November 02

  • Friday Five: The top players who would benefit from selling their name, image and likeness right now

    CBS Sports "It says a lot that earlier this week the NCAA released a statement saying it had "voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness" and there wasn't more of an uproar over the decision. Think..." November 01

  • Pittsburgh Football Players Scared Crapless By Hilarious Halloween Prank

    TMZ "Wanna see grown-ass college football players cower in fear over a harmless Halloween prank?? Good ... 'cause University of Pittsburgh football staffers scared the crap out of their team with a fake mannequin -- and the video of the players' reactions is..." October 31

  • Alabama, Florida State announce future home-and-home

    NBC Sports "When it comes to nonconference scheduling news, especially as it pertains to the SEC, this is more like it. Thursday morning, Florida State announced that it has reached an agreement with Alabama on a future home-and-home series.  The Crimson Tide will travel to Tallahassee on..." October 31

  • Why C.J. Spiller was the critical recruit to help start the Clemson dynasty

    USA Today "Four losses in five games to end his freshman season in 2006 made C.J. Spiller consider leaving Clemson and transferring to Florida, where second-year coach Urban Meyer was building a powerhouse at a program located just a short drive from Spiller's hometown of Lake..." October 26

  • Miami’s N’Kosi Perry to start, Tate Martell to miss game vs. Pitt for medical leave of absence

    247 Sports "Sophomore Tate Martell will miss the Pittsburgh game on Saturday due to a medical leave of absence according to a release sent out by UM on Friday afternoon. Details have not been provided. Martell, who has appeared in four games, has split time at quarterback and..." October 25

  • Report: Florida State considering firing Willie Taggart, pursuing Urban Meyer

    Larry Brown Sports "The Florida State Seminoles expect to be among college football’s elite, and the fact that they’re not may cost Willie Taggart his job. According to Zach Barnett of Football Scoop, Florida State has begun discussing Taggart’s future with donors. Taggart went 5-7..." October 25

  • Louisville settles naming rights with Papa John's founder

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The University of Louisville Athletic Association has spent a year working to separate itself from John Schnatter's naming rights deal for Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.  That deal is now complete — and a new name could be coming soon. Louisville..." October 25

  • Florida State AD says Urban Meyer won’t be the target if Willie Taggart gets fired

    NBC Sports "It’s an open question right now as to whether or not Willie Taggart gets a third chance to turn Florida State’s football program around. But, in the event he doesn’t, Urban Meyer won’t be the target of the hypothetical coaching search. And..." October 22

  • Clemson's Dabo Swinney tops salary list at $9.3M, passing Alabama's Nick Saban at $8.85M

    ESPN "Clemson coach Dabo Swinney took over the top spot in the annual coaches salary database, published by USA Today on Tuesday. Swinney made $9.3 million in total pay, surpassing Alabama's Nick Saban at $8.85 million. Swinney agreed to a 10-year, $93 million..." October 22

  • Former Georgia, Miami coach Mark Richt suffers heart attack

    247 Sports "Former college football coach Mark Richt suffered a heart attack on Monday and is in recovery, according to a post he made on social media. The 59-year-old analyst for ACC Network acknowledged his health scare on Twitter. "I am assuming word travels..." October 21

  • Report: Florida State considering firing Willie Taggart, pursuing Urban Meyer

    Yardbarker "The Florida State Seminoles expect to be among college football’s elite, and the fact that they’re not may cost Willie Taggart his job.  According to Zach Barnett of Football Scoop, Florida State has begun discussing Taggart’s future with donors...." October 21

  • Clemson player rides bus home instead of plane after ejection for throwing punch against Louisville

    USA Today "Andrew Booth Jr. had plenty of time to ponder his mistakes this weekend. The Clemson Tigers cornerback rode the managers' bus home from Louisville, Kentucky, instead of finding his seat on the team plane, head coach Dabo Swinney said, because he was ejected for punching a..." October 21

  • College football winners and losers: Parsing through the remaining unbeatens

    Washington Post "It’s down to a dozen. At the midpoint of the regular season (seven full weeks in the books, seven more to come before the conference title games), there are 12 undefeated teams left in the FBS. Not all unblemished records are the same, and some of those perfect teams have far..." October 19

  • Stop comparing Clemson, Trevor Lawrence with 2014 Florida State, Jameis Winston

    Sporting News "When Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw his second interception in the first half of Saturday's 45-10 victory against Louisville, the comparisons flared up again. The Tigers, coming off 15-0 national championship season, are perceived as this year’s version of 2014..." October 19

  • Something is Legitimately Wrong With Trevor Lawrence Right Now

    12 Up "Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence entered the 2019 season facing some astronomical expectations. As a true freshman, Lawrence dominated the field to the tune of 3,280 yards with 30 touchdowns against only four interceptions. Now a sophomore, analysts and fans alike..." October 19

  • Dabo Swinney Sticks Up for Trevor Lawrence and Compares Him to Deshaun Watson

    12 Up "Trevor Lawrence has been largely underwhelming under center this year for the Clemson Tigers. After lighting the NCAA on fire in 2018 with his electric and almost flawless play, Lawrence has made far more mistakes and fewer impressive passes in 2019. His..." October 19

  • DE Desmond Evans, No. 2 in ESPN 300, picks Tar Heels

    ABC 11 "Keeping the best prospects home is always paramount for college programs. On Friday, the No. 2-ranked prospect in the ESPN 300 announced he will be staying in the home state of North Carolina. Five-star defensive end Desmond Evans committed to North..." October 18

  • Pittsburgh DB Damar Hamlin Delivers German Suplex To Syracuse Player, Gets Penalized

    Total Pro Sports "Yeah, this is not legal. In the first half of the game featuring the Pittsburgh Panthers and Syracuse Orange — Pittsburgh Damar Hamlin channeled his inner WWE when he picked up a Syracuse played and took him to suplex city. " October 18

  • Louisville quarterback Jawon Pass to have season-ending surgery on toe

    Courier-Post "Jawon Pass’ season has officially come to an end.   The Louisville quarterback is expected to have surgery on his toe and will miss the remainder of the year, the Courier Journal confirmed.  Pass, who entered the season as Louisville’s..." October 16

  • Virginia star cornerback Bryce Hall out for the season after ankle surgery

    NBC Sports Washington "Virginia’s hopes for a Coastal Division title took a blow on Friday in a loss to Miami. Those hopes took another significant blow on Monday. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall told reporters on Monday that star cornerback Bryce Hall is expected to miss the remainder of the season..." October 15

  • The Biggest Disappointments in College Football So Far

    The Big Lead "We can't universally agree on much a a society, but college football upsets would probably be fairly close to unanimity. It's likely impossible, however, as upsets always require victims. These five from the Power Five are part of that latter group, as this 2019 season..." October 15

  • AP Top 25 poll: LSU jumps Clemson for No. 2 spot in latest college football rankings

    CBS Sports "The new AP Top 25 poll was released Sunday afternoon, with LSU leaping past three spots to reach No. 2 after beating Florida 42-28 on Saturday night. The Gators didn't fall far, moving from No. 7 to No. 9. LSU moved past both Clemson and Ohio State, even..." October 14

  • Clemson's Swinney changing starting kickers for Louisville game

    The Score "Apparently, not everything's perfect with No. 3 Clemson. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said backup kicker Steven Sawicki would start on Saturday against Louisville after starter B.T. Potter missed a 24-yard field goal try right before halftime against Florida State. It was..." October 14

  • Boston College QB Anthony Brown suffers another season-ending injury

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF "For the second time in his Boston College career, Anthony Brown suffered a season-ending injury. Eagles head coach Steve Addazio announced Monday that Brown, a redshirt junior quarterback, will undergo surgery after sustaining a “lower leg injury” against Louisville..." October 14

  • Virginia star DB Bryce Hall carted off the field with leg injury suffered in first half vs. Miami

    CBS Sports "No. 20 Virginia traveled to Miami (FL) on Friday evening to take on the Hurricanes, and unfortunately lost one of its best players late in the second quarter of the action. Star cornerback Bryce Hall, a preseason All-American by several outlets including CBS Sports,..." October 12

  • Standout Performers From College Football Action So Far This Week

    Sportsnaut "With five games featuring FBS competition Wednesday through Friday, college football fans were treated to some big-time performances. As you prepare for the glorious slate of games Saturday is set to bestow upon us, take a look at who already impressed in college football..." October 12

  • Dabo Swinney's Stephen A. Smith Impression Among the Worst You'll Ever See

    The Big Lead "The First Take gang was down in Clemson today in advance of the Tigers' game tomorrow against Florida State. The ever-electric Dabo Swinney swung by the set and was asked quite a question by Stephen A. Smith. Is he worried that an undefeated Clemson could miss the College..." October 12

  • Clemson coach Dabo Swinney gets testy when asked about a possible injury to quarterback Trevor Lawrence

    CBS Sports "Trevor Lawrence's sophomore season with No. 2 Clemson hasn't exactly gone according to plan. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound quarterback came into the season as one of the favorites for the Heisman Trophy after leading his team to a national championship and undefeated season,..." October 10

  • N'Kosi Perry to start at quarterback for Miami Hurricanes for injured Jarren Williams

    ESPN "Miami will start N'Kosi Perry at quarterback for the injured Jarren Williams in Friday's home game against No. 20 Virginia. Coach Manny Diaz on Wednesday told local reporters that Perry would get the start. Williams suffered an apparent shoulder injury in..." October 09

  • Bailey Hockman will start at quarterback for NC State against Syracuse

    Backing the Pack "An unsteady quarterback situation could always cycle guys around and around, but it’s possible we’ve seen the last of Matthew McKay under center this season. Bailey Hockman will start against Syracuse on Thursday, and Devin Leary is listed as his backup on the depth chart. " October 07

  • Ohio State and Georgia are tied at No. 3 in college football poll

    ESPN "Ohio State and Georgia are tied at No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, and Florida surged to No. 7 after a big victory. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson held their spots Sunday after a week off for both, but the Buckeyes caught up to the Bulldogs in the AP Top 25..." October 07

  • Duke RB Brittain Brown to miss rest of season with shoulder injury

    News & Observer "Duke won’t have running back Brittain Brown available for the rest of this football season. The junior running back had surgery to repair his injured shoulder Thursday, according to Duke news release. The Blue Devils were already expecting to play the rest of the..." October 04

  • North Carolina regrets taunting of Clemson fans on video board

    ESPN "North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said he regrets that the Tar Heels ridiculed Clemson fans on the video board during the Tigers' 21-20 victory at Kenan Stadium on Saturday. During a timeout, a handful of Clemson fans were shown on the..." October 01

  • Add Kentucky to the list of states with ‘pay to play’ legislation in the works

    NBC Sports "They’re coming so fast and furious that it’s becoming almost impossible to keep up. It’s been one day since California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the landmark Fair Pay to Play Act into law, state lawmakers from Nevada, Pennsylvania, Florida,..." October 01

  • Clemson football isn’t making much sense right now

    New York Post "Right now, Clemson isn’t the best team in the country. It isn’t even No. 2. There is an argument it shouldn’t be in the top four if the season ended today. That’s not to say the Tigers aren’t making the College Football Playoff. I believe they will end up..." September 30

  • Justin Fuente's Wikipedia Page Gets Harsh Edit As Duke Hammers Virginia Tech

    Sportsnaut "Virginia Tech Hokies head football coach Justin Fuente got the old Wikipedia treatment Friday night as his team was being dominated by Duke. " September 28

  • Mack Brown jokes about his strategy for beating Dabo Swinney, Clemson

    Larry Brown Sports "Mack Brown gets his first real “welcome back” moment to college football when his North Carolina Tar Heels host Clemson on Saturday. The Tigers are 4-0, ranked No. 1, and have established themselves as the class of the ACC and college football for the last several years. " September 26

  • Miami senior LB Zach McCloud to redshirt this season

    247 Sports "Miami's Zach McCloud will redshirt after all. After initially telling the media that McCloud was a necessity and not a luxury, head coach Manny Diaz said Wednesday that the Hurricanes plan to not play the senior linebacker the rest of the season in order to preserve a..." September 25

  • Top 5 Heisman Trophy candidates for 2019

    Larry Brown Sports "The college football season is nearing the quarter mark, and the race for the College Football Playoff is in full swing. So is the race for the Heisman Trophy, with a talented group of players — primarily quarterbacks — who have already put themselves in contention for the..." September 25

  • Florida State QB James Blackman leaves game after ugly injury

    Sportsnaut "Just when the Florida State Seminoles started playing well, they suffered a significant blow during Saturday’s game when quarterback James Blackman needed to be helped off the field after a lower-body injury. The Louisville Cardinals sent heavy pressure on second down against..." September 21

  • It's time to wonder whether Willie Taggart can actually get it done at Florida State

    CBS Sports "Willie Taggart tip-toed the line of salvation on Monday. As you may have noticed, things have not gone well through his first 15 games as Florida State's coach. Saturday marked the latest clunker, a 31-24 loss at ranked Virginia. For the third straight..." September 18

  • Virginia's Tony Bennett rejects raise in new deal

    ESPN "Virginia coach Tony Bennett declined to take a raise while extending his contract by another year. The Cavaliers announced the extension Monday, saying Bennett asked for the money to be used to pay his staff more and for improvements to both his program as well as other Virginia..." September 16

  • Young Florida State fan sells lemonade in effort to raise money for coach Willie Taggart's buyout

    Tallahassee Democrat "You have heard of that new-old proverbial phrase, right? When Florida State football gives you lemons, make lemonade to help pay for Seminoles coach Willie Taggart’s $17 million buyout. That’s what four-year-old Grayton Grant did early Sunday, setting up a..." September 16

  • ACC: Replay should've added 1 second to end of UNC-Wake game

    The Score "RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference said Saturday the replay official erred on the final play of the North Carolina-Wake Forest game by failing to initiate a review that would have put one second back on the clock. League supervisor of football officials Dennis Hennigan..." September 14

  • Pittsburgh HC Pat Narduzzi Gives Bizarre Explanation For Late-Game Decision

    The Big Lead "A bizarre week of ACC football continued in Saturday afternoon’s early slate of games. Less than 24 hours after North Carolina was denied a potential winning second, Virginia Tech was taken to the brink by FCS Furman. Georgia Tech got pushed off entirely by fellow former..." September 14

  • ACC’s Week 3 bumbling continues as 27-point favorite Georgia Tech loses to FCS Citadel

    College Football Talk "In the midst of one of the worst weekends in recent memory for the ACC, this may represent rock bottom. Georgia Tech entered Saturday’s game against The Citadel as upwards of a 27-point favorite.  Exiting the contest, the Yellow Jackets have fallen to 1-2 on the season as..." September 14

  • Here's Hugh Freeze's Latest Coaching Contraption

    The Big Lead "Liberty coach Hugh Freeze has been continuing to show up on game days even though he’s dealing with major health issues. On opening night he literally worked from a hospital bed up in the home press box in a shutout loss to Syracuse. Last week he employed a..." September 14

  • Louisville starting QB Jawon Pass ruled out vs. Western Kentucky

    College Football Talk "An injury suffered in the season opener will impact Louisville in Week 3. Jawon Pass (pictured) suffered what’s only been described as a lower-extremity injury in the season-opening loss to Notre Dame.  It wasn’t severe enough, however, to keep the starting..." September 14

  • James Franklin and Penn State change hand signals after player transfers to Pitt; Pat Narduzzi fires back

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Six minutes into his Thursday media availability, Pat Narduzzi was surprised: No one had asked him about James Franklin’s comments from earlier in the week. You know, when Franklin explained that the Nittany Lions changed their offensive and defensive signals immediately after safety John..." September 13

  • Forbes Reveals Most Valuable College Football Programs With Surprising School at No. 1

    12 Up "Over the last 4-5 years, the top two college football programs have been the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide, with everyone else far behind. You can imagine, then, that each school is raking in serious revenue befitting such success. And yes, both programs are...." September 13