ACC's lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

I'm ba-ack. And so are the links. Aren't you lucky? Here we go ...

In order for Duke to beat its in-state rivals on the field, the Blue Devils have to first beat them in recruiting, and the staff took another step towards doing that.

FSU president T.K. Wetherell has tasked athletic director Randy Spetman with putting a "responsible budget together," and it doesn't sound like that will be easy.

And a weekend rewind for you ...

One of the best quotes this spring ... Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin on coach Ralph Friedgen's weight loss:

"Eighty pounds is a lot. It's like a sixth-grader."

Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe spoke with Mark Herzlich's father who called the early detection of his son's cancer a "borderline mini miracle." Among Herzlich's well-wishers was Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis.

Is the NCAA holding a grudge against FSU because it didn't change its nickname from Seminoles? Probably not, but Bobby Bowden has his own theory on that.

Congrats to Miami's Antonio Dixon for overcoming tough obstacles and earning his degree.