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    Monday, December 18, 2006

    BC Hires New Head Coach

    Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski has been offered the head coaching job at Boston College and is expected to be introduced at the Heights on Wednesday, according to a source close to the BC team.

    Pittsburgh Steelers quartebacks coach Mark Whipple was believed to have been the leading candidate, but Jagodzinki apparently impressed athletic director Gene DeFilippo with his ideas on formulating a staff, which could include some holdovers from Tom O’Brien’s coaching staff, possibly defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani, according to the source.


    Maryland senior defensive back Josh Wilson has been named recipient of the 2006 James E. Tatum Award. The Tatum Award is given annually in memory of the late Jim Tatum to the top senior student-athlete among the league's football players. Tatum, a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, coached in the fifties at both Maryland and North Carolina and believed strongly in the concept of the student-athlete.

    Wilson had 52 tackles for the Terrapins during the 2006 regular season, and has 154 tackles in his career. He has played in 45 career games with 27 starts, and accumulated 3.4 tackles for loss, including 2.5 this season. The defensive back from Upper Marlboro, Md., also broke up 12 passes and had 2.0 quarterback sacks in 2006. Wilson is currently third in the ACC and fifth in the nation in kickoff returns, averaging 28.1 yards per return and finished the regular season with 856 all-purpose yards.


    Miami defensive back Glenn Sharpe is the recipient of the 2006 Brian Piccolo Award, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced.

    The Piccolo Award has been given annually since 1972 in memory of the late Brian Piccolo to the "most courageous" football player in the ACC. Piccolo was the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1965 and played for the Chicago Bears before his career was cut short when he was stricken with cancer. His courageous fight against that disease was an inspiration to the Bears and the entire football community.

    After missing all but two games in 2004 and 2005 due to injuries, Sharpe, a 6-0, 187-pound cornerback returned to the field this fall and started in all 12 regular season games for the Hurricanes. The Miami, Fla., junior has 29 tackles and two interceptions. In addition, Sharpe is tied for second in the ACC with 15 passes defended.

    Clemson reserve running back Demerick Chancellor has informed Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden that he plans to transfer to another school. Chancellor was the third leading rusher on Clemson's fifth ranked rushing offense with 276 yards on 45 attempts this year. He had a pair of 100-yard rushing games and averaged 6.1 yards per carry.

    Wake Forest sophomore placekicker Sam Swank was named a first team All-Americans by ESPN on Friday. ESPN becomes the third national media outlet to recognize Swank as a first team All-American.

    Swank was the most valuable player of the ACC Championship Game, a first team All-America selection by and Sports Illustrated and a first team All-ACC selection. The native of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award and the Ray Guy Award.

    Swank is 21-of-28 on field goals this season, including 5-of-7 from beyond 50 yards, and a perfect 32-of-32 on extra points.

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