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Deacon Dump 8/3: Chip Vaughn gets in a bit of a scuffle, Football game previews

Here are some interesting notes/news from the rest of the weekend and from today. The recruiting wins were big news for the Deacs and show that the recent success is paying dividends for Wake Forest football. Recruiting was slow to start, but it has really picked up now.

Wake Forest Sports: 10 Questions with Brian Edwards
I recently had the opportunity to travel to Columbus for the Columbus Crew-Toronto FC soccer match. I sat down with former Deacs Brian Edwards, Will Hesmer and Brian Carroll and got their thoughts on their playing days at Wake, career in the MLS and some other light-hearted topics. The interview with Brian Edwards can be found here. I'll post the interviews with Carroll and Hesmer in the next couple of weeks.

High School - Sanderson WR James commits to Wake Forest
"They’re recruiting me as an athlete, but they said they would give me a shot at wide receiver," James said. "They said after a year at wide receiver they would evaluate me, and then if I needed to change positions they would take steps to do that."

ACC was right to move games -
In case you missed it, the ACC came to its senses a couple of weeks ago. It reneged on an agreement to play the league baseball tournament in Myrtle Beach for three consecutive years beginning in 2011.

Deacs should be able to withstand NBA losses
This time, the Deacons think that they're in much better position to weather the departure of sophomores James Johnson and Jeff Teague to the NBA, in large part because of the incoming class of Ari Stewart, C.J. Harris and Konner Tucker. All three have a chance to make significant impacts next season, even though analyst Bob Gibbons of All-Star Sports in Lenoir ranked the class No. 8 in the ACC.

ACC Bloggers Pick Virginia Tech to Win Conference - Gobbler Country
The mainstream media had its fun earlier this week in Greensboro, tabbing the Hokies to win the conference and D-Train Dwyer to win player of the year. But what about the people whose opinion really counts: The bloggers? I polled bloggers representing the conference and every team but Duke (whose lone blog didn't reply to E-mails) to come up with our own preseason vote. Today, the proletariat's voice gets heard.

Saturday’s Practice – Additional Quick Notes - BroncoTalk
Alphonso Smith was the most consistent behind Royal. If there is a concern of special teams injury to Royal, I would not be surprised to see Smith taking over returning duties with McDaniels’ philosophy of sticking him anywhere to become a play maker.

The Associated Press: Bush sits out fourth practice of Saints camp
A few plays later, a melee involving several players erupted after rookie safety Chip Vaughn aggressively tried to strip the ball from Paris Warren following a short pass.

Miami Hurricanes athletics: 2009 CANES opponent previews - Oct 31st @Wake
Here is Part 8 of a 12 part video series on our 2009 opponents. This video discusses our opponent on Halloween, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons up in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Merrill Noel de-commits from Florida State, now heading to Wake Forest | High School Buzz
"There was no problem with Florida State; (Wake Forest) just felt like a better place for me," Noel said. "I felt much more comfortable at Wake. It’s a family environment. Everyone’s friendly. There’s never anything negative."