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Morning Java: Here comes the ACC

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The weekly chat is today at noon, right here on this blog. As soon as you see the post, you can submit entries inside the chat field. Any topic, as always.

>> There’s no Friday column this week because one of my allotted four was used for an extra Steelers piece Tuesday.

Looking ahead to the weekend, I’ll fly to Raleigh to cover Pitt’s inaugural ACC hoops game at N.C. State. Tipoff for that is noon tomorrow, and it’ll be televised locally by WTAE, nationally by the ACC Network. After that, I’ll rush home for Penguins vs. Winnipeg and will have a Monday column off that.

To prepare for the Pitt game, I spent some time at the Pete last night with James Robinson, Talib Zanna and Jamie Dixon, then put together this video …

If you noticed some of the new fanciness in there, it’s the result of my tinkering with iMovie software. Planning to do more of this in 2014. Fun, different way to deliver the material.

Also today, beat man Kevin Gorman has news on a prized recruit for Dixon.

>> Penn State promises a speedy search for Bill O’Brien’s replacement, by Chris Adamski. Hey, they’d better hurry. The AD’s only employed for another six months.

Allen Robinson, as expected, declares for the NFL.

More on the search from Adamski, Ken Laird and Guy Junker on TribLIVE Radio

Here’s Texans news from the Houston Chronicle. The press conference is expected today at the HQ of O’Brien’s new NFL employer.

>> The Penguins snap up Taylor Pyatt to replace injured Chris Conner, Josh Yohe reports. Pyatt should be in uniform for the home game tonight against the Rangers.

Here’s our full Penguins coverage.

Here’s Rangers news from the New York Post.

Here are official game highlights from

>> The Dukes win their fourth in a row, as Ovie Soko tops 20 points every game in that streak. Chris Harlan covers at Palumbo.

>> I’ll check in with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m. It’s the easiest station in the world to find. One click on that link, and we’re there.

Hope to have you aboard for the chat!

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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