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Deacon Dump 11/7: Soccer clinches top seed in ACC Tournament, Stopping the option

It's game day. Congrats to the men's soccer team for clinching a share of the ACC regular season title last night with their win over Duke. In other news, Tyrus Thomas is out 4-6 weeks, so James Johnson might start to see some bench minutes now. Hopefully he can do something with them. Enjoy the game and if you have time, stop by and chat with us in the game thread.

Deacs win share of ACC soccer title
With a charged-up crowd of more than 3,000 at Spry Stadium the Wake Forest men's soccer team lit up Duke 3-0 last night. The victory gave the Deacons a share of the ACC regular-season title with North Carolina, but because the Deacons scored more goals in conference play the Deacons earned the top-seed for next week's ACC Tournament in Cary. The win also was a fitting salute to a class of six seniors who improved its four-year record to 74-10-9, the best winning percentage for a senior class in school history.

My Take on Wake - Grobe Knows the Option All Too Well |
Jim Grobe sounded almost wistful the other day when he was discussing the triple option offense that Georgia Tech will run against his Deacons this Saturday in Atlanta. Grobe knows the offense well, from having been an assistant coach at Air Force before installing the option upon taking over as head coach at Ohio University. He remembers all the fun he had. "I’ve got to tell you, it drives me crazy because we used to do that to people and now they’re doing that to us,‘’ Grobe said.

Inside the ACC -
Wake Forest at No. 10 Georgia Tech 3:30 p.m., Ch. 9 Paul Johnson is following the Jim Grobe/Wake Forest ACC championship script from 2006 to near perfection at Georgia Tech. If the Yellow Jackets win today, resurgent Duke will be the only team that can keep them from reaching the ACC championship game. Riley Skinner's quick recovery from a concussion suffered last week (he was cleared Friday to play) gives the Deacons a lift.

Wake, Ga. Tech have lots at stake -
For 11th-ranked Georgia Tech, this football season is a story about what could be. For Wake Forest, it's a story of what could have been.

WFU will face tough test today at Georgia Tech
"One thing about Paul is he's stuck to his guns on that stuff," Coach Jim Grobe of Wake Forest said, referring to the Yellow Jackets' triple-option offense. "Most coaches get run out of it because the fans don't like seeing the fullback carry the ball as many times as he does. Most people get bored with winning. Paul has never gotten bored with winning. "I think there's just been probably a fear in a lot of coaches to feel like you wouldn't be accepted if you ran that type of offense, but obviously I think the Georgia Tech fans are enjoying it."

Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest  |
• For Wake Forest: Defensive tackle John Russell has 4.5 sacks and 30 tackles this season, a big number for an interior lineman. Virginia’s Nate Collins lined up a yard off the ball two weeks ago and made 16 tackles. Look for Russell to try to do the same thing.

Demon Deacons land another Blue Devil
Wake Forest now has received verbal commitments from three Pahokee players -- Ford, Zachary Allen and Merrill Noel. All three visited Wake Forest last weekend. Boca Raton quarterback Eddie Sullivan also has committed to the Demon Deacons.

Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Bobcats 7:00 PM, WGN - Chicago Bulls Confidential
Chicago will be without forward Tyrus Thomas. This time for 4-6 weeks, as Thomas suffered a fractured radius on his left forearm during a weight training session Friday morning at practice. Rookie forward Taj Gibson will start in the place of Thomas for the time being. This could eventually mean minutes for the Bulls' other rookie forward, James Johnson, selected 16th in the June draft.