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Friday links

Friday is here. Eat, drink and be merry. And enjoy some morning reading.

To start, tthere's Virginia Tech football news. The university made it official with defensive coordinator Bud Foster, finalizing an annuity package that will pay $800,000 if he is still in Blacksburg through the 2014 season.

That announcement coincided with East Carolina's naming of Ruffin McNeil its football coach. After the Pirates' job came open when Skip Holtz left for South Florida, Foster told the Newport News Daily Press that he would be "potentially" interested in ECU. I subsequently didn't hear much legitimate chatter about him landing the gig, but ECU's announcement Thursday officially ends the monitoring of Foster's job prospects outside of Blacksburg, which is a yearly offseason ritual.

ESPN.com's Heather Dinich has some good reading if you're a Virginia Tech fan. She and her colleagues at the World Wide Leader ranked each conference's top programs of the 2000's. And the winner of the ACC was . . . Virginia Tech. I'd agree with the selection, although it's pretty remarkable considering the Hokies weren't even apart of the ACC for the early years of the decade (having joined in the 2004-05 school year).

But this is basketball season, and on Saturday afternoon, the Hokies host Boston College. I didn't find any great items on the Eagles hoops team, but I stumbled across a good read about their football program: Mark Herzlich, who overcame cancer, returned to the practice field on Thursday for the first time since his diagnosis.

By Mark Viera  |  January 22, 2010; 8:45 AM ET
 
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