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Daily Deacon Links Dump 7/20

Been about a week since we had one of these, so  we will pick it up daily from here on out assuming there is enough news to warrant posting one every day.  Due to the break, we have a ton of links today that are full  of vital information for Wake Forest fans.We also plan on continuing our roster breakdowns, and the Triad Pro-Am Hoops Summer League recaps and video highlights. 

Also, starting next week, we will begin our "Know Thy Opponents" series and highlight all of our opponents (with interviews from all the schools that have a sister SBNation website).

Click through for all your Wake Forest daily news


College Football Countdown: Nos. 71-75 - Washington Times
Assuming a player didn't receive impermissible benefits, no one can take away Wake Forest's 2006 ACC title. But no one will take away the gradual regression to the mean (which was to be expected) or last year's complete cratering (which was less expected) as the Demon Deacons have turned back into the Demon Deacons over the last four years:


Checking in with Wake RB Josh Harris - ACC Blog - ESPN
If you didn’t know Wake Forest running back Josh Harris before the Virginia Tech game last year, you probably realized who he was after it. Harris was the back who, in his first career start (in Blacksburg, no less), took off for 241 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. It was the most rushing yards the Hokies ever allowed an individual. One touchdown was an 87-yard run, tied for the third-longest in school history.

X Factor: Wake Forest WR Chris Givens

While nobody will every confuse Wake Forest with the likes of Hawaii or Houston when it comes to offensive firepower, the Demon Deacons do still have some talent and one player who is key to the Deacs success is wide receiver Chris Givens.  Despite sub par quarterback play, Givens caught a team leading 513 yards and four touchdowns.  As a freshman, Givens was even more impressive tallying 629 yards and eight scores.


D.C. United acquires da Luz | Craig Stouffer | Sports | Washington Examiner
Making its second deal with the New York Red Bulls in three weeks, D.C. United bolstered its midfield with the acquisition of Austin da Luz, a 2010 first-round draft pick (14th overall) out of Wake Forest. United sent an international roster spot to New York in return. The son of Demon Deacons women's soccer coach Tony da Luz, Austin da Luz had one goal and one assist in seven appearances (four starts) for the Red Bulls this season after not playing at all as a rookie.


Best NBA players from Wake Forest University - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
To date, a total of 28 players who played college basketball at Wake Forest University have gone on to play in the NBA. Eight of those players were active in the NBA in the 2010-11 season. These are all the Wake Forest players with career averages of 10.0 or more points in the NBA.


High School - Middle Creek's Banks commits to Wake Forest
Sean Crocker, head football coach at Middle Creek High School, told on Sunday evening that Banks verbally committed to Wake Forest. "I picked Wake Forest because everything about it is great," Banks said in a text message. "It felt like home right away."


Louisville in the mix with Anton Gill | Jody Demling - Recruiting
But Gill said Louisville was "one of the schools I’m talking too a lot," along with others that have offered including North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Miami. He said he’s talked to Texas and North Carolina but neither has offered.


McClinton likes hometown team -
"I always liked Wake Forest growing up," McClinton said. "I’m from Winston Salem, so I like their team." While he said the Deacons might have a slight leg up on the competition, he said there is no clear favorite right now. The bouncy 6-foot-6 forward has offers from Missouri, Louisville, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Xavier, with interest pouring in from Connecticut, Georgetown and North Carolina State.


Day One Notebook: Tony Woods ready to end process -
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – The saga of Tony Woods seems to be nearing an end. The former Wake Forest transfer and Louisville commit is on the verge of making a choice. "He should be announcing his decision in the next couple of weeks," said Norman Parker, Woods’ AAU coach with the Georgia Stars. Parker said Kentucky, Texas, Cincinnati, Auburn, Texas Tech, Oregon and Xavier are the main schools in the mix, although other colleges have reached out.


Twitter - Alex Kline
TheRecruitScoop Alex Kline Wake Forest is in early on Cody & Caleb Martin of Team Loaded, as they have offered the 2014 twins. Their favorite is UNC. #HGJamFest


Josh Howard to Host 5th Annual Celebrity Weekend in Winston-Salem
NBA star and former Demon Deacon great Josh Howard announced he will host his fifth annual celebrity weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C. "The Josh Howard Celebrity Weekend," July 27-31, includes activities for children and adults including a free youth basketball camp, a celebrity flag football game, a live concert and a private reception with Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines.


Cyhl Quarles wants to help Wake Forest get back to its winning ways
"As for the coaching changes, with Coach (Jim) Grobe around, everyone is on the same page," Quarles said.   He heads a secondary that took its lumps last season but is coming together. The psychology major senses the 2011 season will be like the earlier days of his career.   "We’re keeping in contact and staying close as a team," Quarles said. "We understand what we have to do, and it all starts at Syracuse."