Florida State places 17 players on All-ACC teams

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This year’s All-ACC teams are full of players from the conference’s best team (for now).

Seventeen Florida State players headline the list, which was voted on by 55 Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association members. The total points based on votes a player received are in parenthesis.

First Team Offense
WR  Rashad Greene, Sr., Florida State (157)
WR  Jamison Crowder, Sr., Duke (150)
WR  Tyler Boyd, So., Pitt (149)
TE    Nick O’Leary, Sr., Florida State (131)
T      Cameron Erving, Sr.-R., Florida State (133)
T      T.J. Clemmings, Sr.-R, Pitt (90)
G      Laken Tomlinson, Sr.-R, Duke (114)
G      Tre’ Jackson, Sr., Florida State (121)
C      Andy Gallik, Sr.-R, Boston College (105)
QB   Jameis Winston, So.-R, Florida State (142)
RB   James Conner, So., Pitt (164)
RB   Duke Johnson, Jr., Miami (159)
K      Roberto Aguayo, So.-R, Florida State (153)
Sp.   Jamison Crowder, Sr., Duke (86)

Second Team Offense
WR  Phillip Dorsett, Sr.-R, Miami (96)
WR  Mike Williams, So., Clemson (84)
WR  Artavis Scott, Fr., Clemson (80)
TE    Clive Walford, Sr.-R, Miami (101)
T      Ereck Flowers, Jr., Miami (69)
T      Jamon Brown, Sr., Louisville (50)
G      Shaquille Mason, Sr., Georgia Tech (102)
G      Josue Matias, Jr., Florida State (48)
C      Cameron Erving, Sr.-R, Florida State (71)
QB   Marquise Williams, Jr., North Carolina (89)
RB   Zach Laskey, Sr., Georgia Tech (69)
RB   Dalvin Cook, So., Florida State (63)
K      Ian Frye, Jr.-R, Virginia (67)
Sp.   Tyler Boyd, So., Pitt (58)

Third Team Offense
WR  DeAndre Smelter, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (72)
WR  DeVante Parker, Sr., Louisville (62)
WR  Ryan Switzer, So., North Carolina (54)
TE    Bucky Hodges, Fr.-R, Virginia Tech (38)
T      Sean Hickey, Sr., Syracuse (48)
T (tie)Bobby Hart, Sr., Florida State (42)
(tie)Seth Betancourt, Sr.-R, Boston College (42)
(tie)Takoby Cofield, Sr.-R, Duke (42)
G      Landon Turner, Jr., North Carolina (42)
G      Matt Rotheram, Sr.-R, Pitt (42)
C      Matt Skura, Jr.-R, Duke (44)
QB   Justin Thomas,So., Georgia Tech (35)
RB   Kevin Parks, Sr., Virginia (60)
RB   Jon Hilliman, Fr., Boston College (51)
K      Ross Martin, Jr., Duke (48)
Sp.   DeVon Edwards, So., Duke (48)

Honorable Mention/Offense (20 or more points):
QB–Brad Kaaya, Miami (21). RB–Shadrach Thornton, NC State (33); Synjyn Days, Georgia Tech (24).  WR–Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech (24); Mack Hollins, North Carolina (20). TE–Cam Serigne, Wake Forest (25). T–Bryan Chamberlain, Georgia Tech (40); Ian Silberman, Boston College (35); G–David Beasley, Clemson (39); Bobby Vardaro, Boston College (34); John Miller, Louisville (31); Jon Feliciano, Miami (30); Kalon Davis, Clemson (28). C–Shane McDermott, Miami (36); Freddie Burden, Georgia Tech (35); Jake Smith, Louisville (26). PK–Ammon Lakip (32), Clemson; SP–Rashad Greene, Florida State (37); Darius Jennings, Virginia (28); Ryan Switzer, North Carolina (23); Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech (20).

First Team Defense
DE    Vic Beasley, Sr.-R, Clemson (159)
DE    Mario Edwards Jr., Jr., Florida State (112)
DT    Eddie Goldman, Jr., Florida State (129)
DT    Grady Jarrett, Sr., Clemson (127)
LB    Denzel Perryman, Sr., Miami (145)
LB    David Helton, Sr., Duke (104)
LB    Stephone Anthony, Sr., Clemson (101)
CB    Kendall Fuller, So., Virginia Tech (119)
CB    P.J. Williams, Jr., Florida State (105)
S      Gerod Holliman, So.-R Louisville (132)
S      Jalen Ramsey, So., Florida State (92)
P      Wil Baumann, Sr., NC State (108)

Second Team Defense
DE    Dadi Nicolas, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech (101)
DE    Eli Harold, Jr., Virginia (65)
DT    Adam Gotsis, Jr., Georgia Tech (48)
DT    Tylor Harris, Jr., Wake Forest (43)
LB    Terrance Smith, Jr.-R, Florida State (82)
LB    Lorenzo Mauldin, Sr., Louisville (79)
LB(Tie)Henry Coley, Sr.-R, Virginia (68)
LB(Tie)Quayshawn Nealy, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (68)
CB    Garry Peters, Sr., Clemson (63)
CB    Maurice Canady, Jr., Virginia (56)
S      Jeremy Cash, Jr.-R, Duke (83)
S      Quin Blanding, Fr., Virginia (71)
P      Alex Kinal, Jr.-R, Wake Forest (86)

Third Team Defense
DE    Sheldon Rankins, Jr., Louisville (45)
DE    Ken Ekanem, Jr., So.-R, Virginia Tech (40)
DT    Corey Marshall, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech (41)
DT    Connor Wujciak, Jr., Boston College (41)
LB    Reggie Northrup, Jr., Florida State (54)
LB    Cameron Lynch,  Sr., Syracuse (45)
LB    Max Valles, So., Virginia (45)
CB    Ronald Darby, Jr., Florida State (51)
CB    Charles Gaines, Jr.-R, Louisville (47)
S      Anthony Harris, Sr., Virginia (56)
S      Jamal Golden, Jr., Georgia Tech (43)
P      Justin Vogel, So., Miami (40)

Honorable Mention/Defense (20 or more points):
DE–Art Norman, NC State (25); KeShun Freeman, Georgia Tech (23); Anthony Chickillo, Miami (21); B.J. Dubose, Louisville (20);  DT–Olsen Pierre, Miami (38); David Dean, Virginia (37);  Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech (33); Nigel William, Virginia Tech (29); Thomas Teal, NC State (27); Ethan Farmer, North Carolina (22); Josh Banks, Wake Forest (20). LB–Brandon Chubb, Wake Forest (30); P.J. Davis,. Georgia Tech (25); Josh Keyes, Boston College (22); Keith Kelsey, Louisville (20). CB–Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest (45); D.J. White, Georgia Tech (40); Merrilll Noel, Wake Forest (34); Brian Walker, North Carolina (27); MacKensie Alexander, Clemson (22). S–Deon Bush, Miami (36); DeVon Edwards, Duke (26); Robert Smith, Clemson (20), P–Will Monday, Duke (29); Riley Dixon, Syracuse (23).

NFL Network to air 10 Conference USA games each fall

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The NFL Network and Conference USA struck a deal that will see the league air 10 C-USA games, starting this fall.

“While exploring new media options for football, NFL Network stood out as an excellent opportunity for national exposure,” C-USA commissioner Judy MacLeod said. “We look forward to showcasing our conference through their tremendous platform and reach.”

The contract runs for four years, and will see NFL Network air one game a week for 10 weeks.

“We are excited to showcase the next generation of NFL athletes to our fans on a weekly basis,” said Hans Schroeder, Chief Operating Officer of NFL Media. “Our fans crave live football, and partnering with Conference USA – a conference which boasts several Hall of Fame players – provides us with an excellent opportunity to do so.”

Specific game announcements will be named at a later date. It’s an important move for C-USA, who has seen more and more of its games moved off of TV and onto streaming platforms, such as ESPN Plus, Stadium and Facebook. The league also has a TV deal with CBS Sports Network.

June Jones resurfaces as XFL Houston head coach

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The last we saw of June Jones, at least in the continental United States, he was mailing it in as SMU’s head coach. After leading the Ponies to four straight bowl trips from 2009-12, Jones watched SMU slip to 5-7 in 2013, then walked out the door after losing the first two games of the 2014 campaign by a combined score of 88-6. (That SMU team would finish the ’14 season at 1-11.) It seemed the then-61-year-old had given football all he had to give, at least on a competitive level.

Jones took 2015 off, then spent 2016 in a semi-retirement gig as the offensive coordinator at a high school in Hawaii.

But Jones must have really missed football, because he gave up the Hawaiian life to spend the past two seasons as head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and now he’s back stateside as the head coach of the XFL’s Houston franchise.

“I’ve spent a few years coaching in Houston, and having a chance to return to be a head coach in the XFL is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” said Jones. “I had a really great time coaching in the CFL, but this new fresh opportunity to build a team from the ground up is extremely rare in this game, and I’m looking forward to working with Brian Cooper and our coaches to give football fans in Houston a team that’s truly exciting to watch and worthy of their support.”

He was formally announced in a press conference at the University of Houston, and the as-yet-unnamed club will play its games at the Cougars’ TDECU Stadium.

It will be the fourth different professional league Jones has coached in, following stints in the USFL and NFL, in addition to six-plus seasons at SMU and eight at Hawaii.

The eighth of eight head coaches to join the league, Jones will join a roster that includes Bob Stoops and former Michigan offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.
 

Father of LSU CB Kelvin Joseph says he’s not entering transfer portal after all

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Well, hold all that.

It was reported Monday morning that LSU sophomore cornerback Kelvin Joseph had entered the transfer portal, but on Monday afternoon Joseph’s father, Kelvin Joseph, Sr., told the New Orleans Times Picayune his

“He’s staying,” Joseph told the paper. “He’s not going anywhere.”

Joseph, Sr., confirmed to the paper that Kelvin had put his name in the portal, doing so Thursday after a trip to Florida with Baton Rouge-native rapper NBA YoungBoy. But by the time Joseph returned to Baton Rouge, whatever issue between he and LSU had been resolved — just in time for Joseph’s name to appear in the portal.

A top-50 recruit in the class of 2018, Joseph, a Baton Rouge native, played in five games as a true freshman last fall, collecting 12 tackles with a pass breakup. He is expected to battle with 5-star recruit Derek Stingley, Jr. for a starting role opposite senior Kristian Fulton. With Fulton out for the spring game, both Stingley and Joseph earned starts, a sign that the sophomore is in line for major snaps this fall.

And it appears Joseph intends to take those snaps after all.

USC considering dropping prohibition on scheduling FCS opponents

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Since Division I split into two subdivisions in 1978, only three FBS schools have refrained from scheduling FCS opponents — Notre Dame, UCLA and USC. That number soon could drop to two.

USC senior associate AD Steve Lopes sat down for an interview with The Athletic on USC’s scheduling philosophy and said the Trojans could soon schedule games with FCS opponents.

“If you start looking at the teams that are available, it’s very limited,” Lopes said. “We’re looking at schools that might not even be FBS, which I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. We may get criticized if and when we do it, but everybody does it. …  Are you going to die on that sword? You can play very good FCS schools that are better than some of the FBS schools you’ll play, the directional schools you’ll play.”

The purists will be upset by this… but they’ll be the only ones. It won’t affect the Trojans’ College Football Playoff chances — Alabama and Georgia already play FCS opponents each year. USC faces a nine-game Pac-12 regular season, an annual game with Notre Dame and, if the Trojans prove worthy, the Pac-12 North champion in their path to the Playoff.

And it likely won’t affect the Trojans’ gate, either. How many USC fans would have stayed home had the Trojans dropped UNLV from their 2018 opener for a game with Sacramento State?

Perhaps the purists would stay home, but nobody else would.