Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ACC Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ACC Extra

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Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union staff writer

Opening lines: Bowl six-pack good for cash flow. . . . UVa not bowled over by options. . . . Hoops season now the focus


DISMISSED: Clemson LB Eric Sampson, the Tigers fourth-leading tackler, was permanently dismissed from the program on Tuesday by coach Tommy Bowden, who cited academic conduct unbecoming a student-athlete.

CITED: On the other end of the academic spectrum, Georgia Tech senior P Dan Dyke was selected the the Verizon Academic All-American first team for the fourth consecutive year. Duke DE Shawn Johnson, who led the ACC in sacks and tackles-for-loss, was a second-team pick.

RANK(L)ING: The Charlotte Observer's Gregg Doyel ranked the ACC football

coaches last week, based on who did the most with the least talent. In order, his top six were: Al Groh, Ralph Friedgen, Chuck Amato, Jim Grobe, Chan Gailey and Carl Franks. Vacating the seventh and eight spots, Doyel elected to place John Bunting, Tommy Bowden and Bobby Bowden in a tie for ninth.


Florida State QB Chris Rix: With the team reeling, Rix was mistake-free in a 31-14 rout of Florida, passing for 194 yards and two TDs and rushing for 83 yards in his first start in more than a month.


Florida State TB Leon Washington: The Jacksonville native (left) showed why he was named the state's top prep player last season, shredding Florida for 134 rushing yards and a TD in just his second start.



Fans in millions who attended ACC football games this season for a record average attendance of 50,755 in the 50th anniversary season.


Bowl slots assured by the ACC this season, tying last season's record.


"With all due respect to Wofford [a Maryland opponent], maybe it's time to get them on the schedule."

Virginia coach Al Groh, defending his team's tough non-conference schedule


Final football rankings

1. Florida State

Record: 9-4, 7-1 ACC.

Last week (rank): Beat Florida 31-14 (1).

Bowl game: Sugar or Orange. …

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