Originally created 11/29/06

Wake Forest coach, QB earn top honors in ACC



WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe, who orchestrated an improbable worst-to-first turnaround, was the unanimous selection as the Atlantic Coast Conference's coach of the year Tuesday in voting by 80 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer had won the award the past two seasons.

"I'm humbled, to say the least, with all the things that are being said about me, because I'm really just a function of what the staff and the players have done," Grobe said. "I'm blessed with what I think and consider is the best coaching staff in America."

Wake Forest redshirt freshman quarterback Riley Skinner was named ACC rookie of the year.

He received 48 of a possible 80 votes by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, besting Clemson running back C.J. Spiller by 23 points.

Skinner wasn't even supposed to play much for Wake Forest this year.

But when starting quarterback Ben Mauk's season ended shortly after it started, Skinner had to step in.

He then led the Demon Deac-ons to their best season ever.

Wake Forest (10-2, 6-2) was picked to finish last in its division of the ACC in the preseason, but won a division title and a spot opposite Georgia Tech in the ACC championship game.

ALABAMA: Athletic director Mal Moore said in announcing Mike Shula's firing that he would conduct a national search for "a proven winner."

It looks like it may take some time.

Louisville's Bobby Petrino, who signed a 10-year contract extension last summer worth $1.6 million a year, said, "I'm not a candidate for any job openings."

Jim Grobe of No. 16 Wake Forest said no other schools have contacted him.

"I don't have any interest in other jobs. I have not been contacted by anybody," Grobe said. "I'm perfectly happy at Wake Forest."

No. 14 Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer said he hasn't been contacted by anybody from Alabama, and wasn't interested in the job. No. 15 West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez has also denied contact from Alabama and said he is focusing on the regular season finale against No. 13 Rutgers.

OKLAHOMA: No. 8 Oklahoma will be without star tailback Adrian Peterson when it faces No. 19 Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game Saturday.

Peterson, the 2004 Heisman runner-up, has missed six weeks after breaking his collarbone Oct. 14 on a touchdown run against Iowa State.

"Adrian is not going to play," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said during his weekly news conference. "Without being too technical, he's close. He could be cleared to play, but each week that passes the likelihood of it reoccurring is less and less."

Peterson, the nation's No. 2 rusher at the time of his injury, initially was expected to miss six weeks.

BOWL ROUNDUP: The opening game of the bowl season will feature the nation's leading rusher - Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe - against one of the best run defenses in TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl.

The Huskies (7-5) accepted a bid to play the Horned Frogs (9-2) in the Dec. 19 game at San Diego.

Wolfe, who ran for 1,900 yards and 19 touchdowns, goes up against a TCU defense that ranks third nationally against the run (64.8 yards) and seventh in overall defense (259.2 yards).

Also, Florida State (6-6) is set to play UCLA (6-5) in the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco on Dec. 27.

Oregon State, the only team to beat USC this season, accepted a bid to play in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 29.

The Beavers (8-4, 6-3 Pac-10) will face either Missouri, the fifth-place team in the Big 12, or the second-place team from the Big East.