- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2002

Seen and heard at Leon County Civic Center in Tallahassee, Fla.:
THAT EMPTY FEELING The second deck here was nearly empty. The only saving grace was that the building is so dark that it was hard to see. The lower bowl also had plenty of empty seats to contribute to the lifeless feel. The only pulse came from down on the floor, where the Seminoles band played their not-so-effective fight song and a bunch of foul-mouthed students taking a gulp well-earned break from their studies.
"BIG JELLY" ROLLS The funniest cartoon picture came midway through the first half when Florida State's massive Nigel "Big Jelly" Dixon posted up Juan Dixon. "Big Jelly" is kindly listed at 6-foot-10, 350 pounds. Juan looks like a toothpick in comparison at 6-3, 164. The bigger man finished with an awkward layup.
TOMAHAWK CHOP? Steve Robinson could be in his final days as the Seminoles' coach. This was billed as the make-or-break season for the fifth-year coach, who is all but assured of a fourth straight losing season. Florida State did make the NCAA tournament his first year mainly with players left over from ex-coach Pat Kennedy's tenure. Robinson is one of the more affable coaches around and has several highlights including beating then-No. 1 Duke in January and upsetting Maryland in College Park last season. But that's probably not enough to save his job. No Robinson team has won more than six ACC games.
"I know Steve has done everything the right way down there," Terps coach Gary Williams said. "I think he is a very good coach. When it comes time to play, you have to play … Steve Robinson is good for the ACC."
COACH'S PICKS Williams was asked Tuesday to name his all-ACC first team. The Terps' coach chose Duke players Jason Williams, Mike Dunleavy and Carlos Boozer and his own Terps' Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter. If he had a sixth selection, the coach would add N.C. State guard Anthony Grundy.
Williams should be in line to be ACC Coach of the Year for the first time in his 13 seasons at Maryland. He would be a lock if Maryland wins the conference, and unseats five-time ACC regular-season champion Duke. However, remember this is the ACC and there is a Carolina conspiracy at work. One editorial in the Raleigh News and Observer this week selected N.C. State's Herb Sendek for the award. With all due respect to Sendek and the Wolfpack's turnaround this season, dethroning the Blue Devils is a slightly more impressive achievement.
Jon Siegel

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