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Boston College Daily Links: Anthony Castonzo Gets Paid

Colts agree to terms with 1st-round draft pick Castonzo (The Indianapolis Star)
The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Anthony Castonzo.

season preview: Boston College (From Old Virginia)
So it's not a total stretch to say BC could lose its last seven.  The defense won't let that happen, though.  The offense won't be anywhere near good enough to get them through that seven game stretch with the kind of record they'd need to get to the ACCCG, but 3-4 in that stretch is within reach if Kevin Rogers is a big enough improvement over the disastrous Gary Tranquill.  That would be enough to improve on last year's performance.

Prospect Profile: Cam Atkinson Video (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Cam Atkinson introduces himself to Jackets fans in another prospect profile.

Igoe, Walker named to 2011-12 U.S. Women's Senior Team (
Boston College women's lacrosse is making its mark at the national level, as senior midfielder Kristin Igoe and associate head coach Acacia Walker have been named to the 2011-12 U.S. women's national senior team.

D-League team Texas Legends want Bruce Pearl to coach (ESPN Dallas)
The Texas Legends are making a hard push to hire former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl to replace Nancy Lieberman as coach of the D-League franchise, according to NBA coaching sources. Pearl told's Andy Katz that he will interview with the team Thursday in Dallas.

Bruce Pearl linked to second D-League team (ESPN College Basketball Nation Blog)
Pearl is reportedly interested in one of two things: a spot on an NBA bench or a spot in a television chair. But according to a report from ESPN's Marc Stein, that hasn't stopped another D-League franchise from giving Pearl another hard sell.

The Countdown: No. 31: U.C.F. (Pre-Snap Read)
The Knights need to make a statement against Boston College and B.Y.U., beating at least one to justify the high expectations surrounding this team. Beating bad teams in Conference USA is one thing; wins over premier non-conference opposition would raise the program’s prestige another notch. If one team is going to overtake U.C.F. atop the East division it’ll be Southern Mississippi, which gets the Knights at home.

College Football Countdown: Nos. 36-40 (D1scourse)
The Tigers won't be ranked heading into the season (and they certainly aren't here), but they're a sneaky play to manage a solid recovery and take some heat off coach Dabo Swinney. There's nothing predictable about the Tigers (well, besides that their defense will be decent), and anyone who hazards a guess should do so at their own peril.

2011 Season Preview: Stereotypes And The Clemson Tigers (
Clemson has cracked the code when it comes to putting together a good team on paper. But until they figure out how to win close games, that doesn't really matter. Will a new quarterback and a new offensive coordinator lead to a new stereotype?

Those Damned Close Games (Fun Stat Nerd Tidbit: Clemson) (Football Study Hall)
Close games have wrecked season after season for Clemson in recent years. Despite a Top 15 ranking in Four-Year F/+, the Tigers went just 31-22 from 2007-10. In games decided by more than one possession (eight points), they went a resounding 25-7, meaning that, like most high-quality teams, they're blowing teams out a lot more than they are getting blown out. But they've gone just 6-15 in games decided by one possession. Over the last six years, they're just 11-23, by far the worst of any top team. In fact, only one team -- Iowa -- comes even close. Chin up, Clemson fans. At least Death Valley's pretty awesome.

College Football Countdown: No. 13 Florida State (College Gridiron 365 Blog)
This offseason, the talk around FSU has been whether the program is "back" to its 1990s national prominence. A win in this year’s ACC title game could make its case convincing.

12 Days Of ACC Football: Wake Forest (
Coach Grobe welcomes back 17 starters among his 54 returning lettermen...Offensively, seven starters return led by sophomore QB Tanner Price...Price started the last nine games of 2010, solidified his status as starter in the spring, and will be backed by junior Ted Stachitas and sophomore Brendan Cross...Consistent QB play will be a key to Wake Forest’s improvement in 2011 and the year of experience should help Price significantly.