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FSU, Miami named favorites to win ACC divisions

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Florida State was an obvious choice as a favorite in one of the ACC's divisions.

In the other, the pecking order was nowhere near that clear.

Miami was the pick to win the cluttered Coastal Division despite receiving fewer first-place votes than two other teams.

"I think it's wide open. I think that's why everybody got votes," North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Monday. "Anybody could win it."

The league announced its predicted order based on a vote of 112 media members at its preseason media days.

FSU, last season's league and national champion, was picked as overall league champion by 104 voters and received 109 first-place votes in its division — far ahead of Clemson, which had the other three.

Four Coastal teams were separated by 44 points: Miami had 614, Duke had 597, Virginia Tech 571 and North Carolina 570. Both the Blue Devils (33) and Tar Heels (27) received more first-place votes than the Hurricanes (26).

"I don't really get into all that. I'm trying to teach the team the opposite," Miami coach Al Golden said. "We've got to teach this team to ignore the noise, to stay focused on the process and just turn this season into one-game missions."

Petrino full circle: Bobby Petrino turned Louisville into a top-10 team nearly a decade ago. Now, more than two years after a scandal derailed his career, Petrino is back with the Cardinals as they enter the ACC.

"I need to prove to myself and everybody else on a daily basis that this is the right decision," he said.

Petrino was a first-time head coach when he arrived at Louisville in 2003. His Cardinals went 41-9 over four seasons, including an Orange Bowl victory.

But after a 13-game stint as coach of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and a tenure at Arkansas that ended in scandal — he was fired after being involved in a motorcycle accident in which a female passenger was later revealed to be his mistress — Petrino had to start over.

After coaching last season at Western Kentucky, going 8-4, he's back with the Cardinals, replacing Charlie Strong, who left to become coach at Texas.

Around the nation

DALLAS — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby opened his league's media days by saying the NCAA enforcement program "is broken," considering there have been no hearings before the infractions committee in almost a year.

"I think it's not an understatement to say cheating pays presently," he said "If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions. … They're in a battle with a BB gun in their hand."

Bowlsby also said he's doesn't think there is a real understanding of how much lawsuits — which he numbered as seven and "growing all the time" — could radically alter things.

"I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated. I think you'll see men's Olympic sports go away as a result of the new funding challenges that are coming down the pike," he said.

Bowling Green: William Houston, a sophomore running back, was arrested and accused of rape after a woman went to police regarding an incident at a party, the Toledo Blade reported. He was arraigned in municipal court and bond was set at $25,000.

Texas A&M: Defensive lineman Gavin Stansbury, who had 47 total tackles and three sacks last season, left the team, coach Kevin Sumlin said.

Obituary: Bob McNamara, an All-American for Minnesota in the 1950s and later a major fundraiser for the university, died Sunday after a long illness, the school announced. He was 82.

FSU, Miami named favorites to win ACC divisions 07/21/14 [Last modified: Monday, July 21, 2014 11:50pm]
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