Originally created 11/05/99

ACC notes: O'Leary won't bite into BCS talk

Despite his team's current five-game winning streak, Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary refuses to immerse himself in Bowl Championship Series speculation. A sweep in the No. 7 Yellow Jackets' final four contests could propel the 6-1 Yellow Jackets into the BCS.

If No. 1 Florida State and Georgia Tech both receive BCS bids, it would mark the first time the ACC has sent two teams to the top four bowls.

"We made a pact with the team that we play 11 one-game seasons," O'Leary said. "I don't post things. I don't make it an issue with the team because it's short lived if you don't take care of business. I think its very important for the credibility of the league."


The quarterback turnstile is still spinning at Clemson where first-year coach Tommy Bowden is withholding his decision for the starter until gametime. The Tigers will throw elusive sophomore Woody Dantzler and precision passer Brandon Streeter at Duke on Saturday.

Both quarterbacks have produced victories for the 4-4 Tigers and supported one another throughout the year. Dantzler was ecstatic with Streeter's performance that led to a 12-3 victory at Wake Forest last week even though he was removed in the fourth quarter.

"When it came down to it and we really needed to put points on the board, we came together and scored," Dantzler said.


Duke's woeful rushing attack, last in the ACC, took a major hit in last week's 25-22 victory over Maryland. The Blue Devils lost sophomore running back B.J. Hill for the season when he tore ligaments in his left knee.

Hill rushed for 237 yards and two touchdowns for Duke this year. Blue Devils coach Carl Franks is concerned that losing Hill will make his team one-dimensional against Clemson which leads the conference in defending the pass.


The possibility of a third Bowden coaching in the ACC is less intriguing to Clemson coach Tommy Bowden who said most of the interest has vanished since his Tigers met father Bobby's Seminoles on Oct. 23. There is speculation that Terry Bowden, currently an ABC analyst, might return to coaching next year.

He left Auburn midway through last season. If Terry were to secure a job in the ACC, he would meet Tommy and Bobby annually but Tommy isn't convinced the games would have added significance.

"After the initial year it becomes another conference game," Tommy Bowden said. "It wouldn't be that big of a deal after the first game."


The ACC won't expand to Miami anytime soon. Miami reconfirmed its membership in the Big East Conference on Tuesday at a league president's meeting in Philadelphia, opening the door for Virginia Tech to enter the Big East as a full-time member on July 1. Recent speculation had Miami joining the ACC as a 10th member.

Reach Jimmy DeButts at (706) 823-3221.


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