Wake Forest's Jim Grobe has been chosen as the National Coach of the Year by The Sporting News and CBS Sportsline.
Grobe, the unanimous 2006 ACC Coach of the Year, has also been voted the AFCA Region 1 Coach of the Year, a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award by the Football Writers Association of America and the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award.
Clemson senior Thomas Hunter, an honorable mention All-ACC tight end, suffered a broken foot in practice on Sunday and will not play in the Music City Bowl. Hunter will graduate from Clemson on December 21 and thus his career as a Clemson player has ended.
Clemson freshman wide receiver Ray Ray McElrathbey received the Keith Jackson Award of Excellence at the Cingular ESPN All-America show in Orlando, FL on Friday evening. The program was broadcast and announced by ESPN on Saturday afternoon.
McElrathbey received national notoriety this year when he was granted custody of his 12-year-old brother Fahmarr in August. The native of Atlanta has cared for his brother with the help of an NCAA ruling that allows the wives of assistant coaches to give Fahmarr rides to school and care for him. The NCAA has also allowed Clemson to establish a fund for Fahmarr through First Citizens Bank in Clemson.
The Boston Herald reported that former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback coach Mark Whipple is the top contender for the vacant Boston College coaching job. Whipple is a former coach at Massachusetts. The Herald also said Tulsa Coach Steve Kragthorpe of Tulsa is a strong candidate. Kragthorpe is a former BC quarterback coach.