Friedgen top ACC coach

Associated PressDecember 1, 2010 

Maryland's Ralph Friedgen is the Atlantic Coast Conference's football coach of the year for the second time.

The Terrapins' coach was the award winner in a vote of 61 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association announced Tuesday.

Friedgen received 29 votes, and Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer was second with 19. N.C. State's Tom O'Brien and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher each received six votes. One ballot was left blank.

Friedgen, who also won the award in 2001, led the Terps to a turnaround season. They finished 8-4 and contended for the Atlantic Division title a year after going 2-10. That's one of the best reversals in ACC history.

Terps' O'Brien is top ACC rookie: Danny O'Brien has become Maryland's first ACC rookie of the year.

The freshman quarterback on Tuesday was chosen the league's overall rookie of the year as well as its top offensive newcomer following a vote of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes was the ACC's defensive rookie of the year.

O'Brien received 54 of a possible 61 votes for the overall award, and Rhodes and Wake Forest running back Josh Harris each had three votes and Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins received one vote. For the offensive award, O'Brien had 58 votes, Harris had two and Hopkins had one.

O'Brien, a 6-foot-3 redshirt freshman, threw 21 touchdown passes - four shy of the league record for freshmen.

Gamecocks QB has sore shoulder: South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia is walking around with his left arm in a sling, although coach Steve Spurrier says he should be fine for the Southeastern Conference championship game on Saturday.

Spurrier says Garcia hurt his left shoulder in the 29-7 victory over Clemson last week. The Gamecocks trainers and medical staff thought it best to protect the shoulder with the sling and brace. Spurrier says Garcia didn't practice Monday and likely won't throw on Tuesday either.

Spurrier expected Garcia to throw the football today in preparation for Saturday's matchup at the Georgia Dome with No. 2 Auburn.

Aggies grab Cotton Bowl bid: Texas A&M has accepted an invitation to play in the Cotton Bowl.

The 19th-ranked Aggies will learn on Sunday which team from the Southeastern Conference they will play. Texas A&M will make its first appearance in the game since 2005 and its 12th overall.

Big 12 honors Gundy: Mike Gundy has been chosen the Big 12 coach of the year after directing No. 16 Oklahoma State to a share of its first South Division title.

Rogers to meet with state office: Former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers is scheduled to meet with officials from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office Dec. 9 to discuss the recruitment of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

Rogers, who has worked with a sports agent, has said Newton's father, Cecil, asked two Mississippi State coaches for up to $180,000 at a hotel in Starkville, Miss., to secure his son's commitment to the Bulldogs. Rogers says the coaches declined the request, and MSU has said all of its employees acted properly.

Cecil Newton has denied any wrongdoing.

Rogers' attorney, Doug Zeit, said his client will meet with officials from the secretary's office and has been interviewed by the NCAA.

Secretary of State spokeswoman Pamela Weaver said Tuesday the office would not comment on "current, pending or potential investigations."

Rogers has a company called Elite Football Preparation, which holds camps in Alabama, Chicago and Mississippi and matches football prospects with colleges.

North Texas hires McCarney: North Texas has introduced Dan McCarney as its new football coach, giving the Mean Green a leader with plenty of college experience.

McCarney's hiring comes six weeks after former standout high school Todd Dodge was fired following a failed 31/2-season experiment.

McCarney has been in college coaching for 34 years, the past three as a defensive coach at Florida. He was head coach at Iowa State for 12 seasons.

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