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Media tabs FSU for ACC football title

According to the media, it's a no-brainer: Florida State will be the ACC powerhouse in the upcoming football season.

Media attending the ACC's annual Football Kickoff picked FSU to win the conference championship. The Seminoles were a unanimous top pick, receiving all 74 first-place votes and a total of 666 points.

In eight seasons in the ACC, Florida State has claimed eight conference titles and set the league record for consecutive victories. FSU is 62-2 in the conference, with its only two losses coming to Virginia in 1995 and N.C. State in 1997.

With 581 points, Clemson was chosen second behind FSU. Coming in third with 466 points was Virginia, while Georgia Tech rounded out the top four with 414 points.

North Carolina received 395 points to finish fifth in the voting, and Maryland was picked sixth with 326 points.

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    Starting off the bottom three was N.C. State, under first-year coach Chuck Amato, with 239 points for the seventh spot. Wake Forest was eight with 133 points and Duke ninth with 101 points.

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    The 5-11, 215-pound native of Stafford, Va. gained the most yardage of any Carolina player last season as a freshman. He covered 303 yards on 69 carries and also scored two touchdowns. However, because of injuries, Davis was limited to just eight games and two starts.

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    Pinkerton, a native of Broken Arrow, Okla., will return to his alma mater as the third head coach in the history of the Tulsa softball program. He is a 1997 Tulsa graduate and also served as an assistant coach for the Golden Hurricane from 1994 to 1997.

    Pinkerton had served as the Cavaliers' top assistant coach the past two seasons.

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