Deacon Dump 7/30: The Podium And The Pre-Season

July 23, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons head coach Jim Grobe speaks to reporters during the ACC media day at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro NC. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

There is no better signal that Wake Forest football is around the corner like ACC Media Day. Though Florida State, Clemson and Virginia Tech took the headlines, the Demon Deacons are feeling confident in their chances to improve on a 6-7 campaign last season. The team's biggest concern-- offensive line-- has experienced tremendous improvements from unlikely sources.

Meanwhile, eight former Wake Forest student-athletes began competition for the Olympics in London. Chris Paul is prohibitively favored to take home his second gold medal with Team USA.

Recently-built Wake Forest athletic facilities received significant recognition for the capacity and aesthetic beauty, the Deacon Tower and the Tennis Complex.

You can find all the latest links and notes after the jump ...

Olympic Notebook - Wake Forest Official Athletic Site
The 2012 London Olympics begin this weekend and eight former Wake Forest student-athletes will be representing four different countries in a number of sports.

Media selects FSU as preseason champ - ACC Blog - ESPN
Wake Forest was predicted by the media to finish fourth in the Atlantic Division out of six, behind Florida State, Clemson and NC State, the league announced on Tuesday at the ACC Football Kickoff. Following the Demon Deacons is Boston College and Maryland.

Deacs' O-line makes offseason strides - ACC Blog - ESPN
Heading into the spring, Wake Forest's offensive line was arguably the Deacs' biggest question mark, but the situation has improved dramatically since then.

Lenox Rawlings: Whitlock aiming high for Deacons | JournalNow.com
In the aftermath of rousing Wake Forest wins or numbing losses, nose tackle Nikita Whitlock knows where he can find the perfect supporting cast.

Brendan Cross making his own name at Wake Forest - Wake Forest - NewsObserver.com

Quarterback and son of a former NFL lineman, Brendan Cross is looking to finally make a name for himself at Wake Forest. He is battling for second-string behind Tanner Price.

Deacons hope to get a boost from 'Sensational Seven' | JournalNow.com
After returning only four players from last season, the Wake Forest basketball team knows it needs major contributions from its highly-touted seven man freshman class.

Wake AD hopes for more improvement in 2012-13 - Wake Forest - NewsObserver.com
Wake Forest's athletic programs took a significant step forward during the last academic year and AD Ron Wellman expects them to get even better this season.

Men's and Women's Track & Field Named All-Academic, Loeser Honored - Wake Forest Official Athletic Site
Both the Wake Forest men's and women's track and field teams were granted All-Academic status by the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) this week while senior Paul Loeser was named an All-Academic Honoree.

The Men's Golfers Named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars - Wake Forest Official Athletic Site
Three Wake Forest men's golfers were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholars as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America this week.

Wake Forest Tennis Complex Earns USTA Outstanding Facility Award - Wake Forest Official Athletic Site
The Wake Forest Tennis Complex earned the 2012 United States Tennis Associations (USTA) Outstanding Facility Award as announced by the USTA Technical Committee.

Deacon Tower Receives National Recognition - Wake Forest Official Athletic Site
Wake Forest University's Deacon Tower has been selected as a Bronze Award winner in the 2012 National Brick in Architecture Awards program by the Brick Industry Association.

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