Saturday, November 15, 2008

ACC UNDEFEATED

Friday, Nov 14th

BOSTON COLLEGE 80, Central Connecticut State (Blue Devils, 9,678 students, New Britian, CN) 65

WAKE FOREST 94, North Carolina Central (Eagles, 8,383 students, Durham, NC) 48

VIRGINIA TECH 65, Gardner-Webb (Runnin’ Bulldogs, 4,000 students, Boiling Springs, NC) 62

MARYLAND 81, Bucknell (Bisons, 3,495 students, Lewisburg, PA) 52

GEORGIA TECH 92, Winston-Salem State (Rams, 6,000 students, Winston-Salem, NC) 47

CLEMSON 98, Hofstra (Flying Dutchman, 13,000 students, Hempstead, NY) 69

(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr)

QUOTE OF THE WEEK, PART 2: INSTANT CLASSIC

OK, it’s not as good as Ole Roy’s “glaring weakness” quote, but it’s pretty good.

Bart Scott (Southern Illinois) plays linebacker, and he plays it well for the Baltimore Ravens. Evidently his teammate Terrell Suggs (Arizona State) suggested he was gonna go after Heinz Ward in an unsportsmanlike way during their recent game. Of course this stirred up a wee bit of controversy, and the fellas over at PTI asked Scott about it.

Scott, who is a bright, articulate guy, said he appreciated them putting him on the spot, and then, regarding Suggs' comments he said:

“Maybe he didn’t articulate it the way most people wanted to understand it.”

Huh?

Now, that’s an Instant Classic. Period.

Nice, Bart, NICE!

(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Baltimore Sun)

YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO MAKE A FREE THROW

In 1956, a 21-year-old basketball player at Lees Junior College in Kentucky named Ken Mink was kicked off the team after he was accused of covering his coach's office in shaving cream. Mink then left school and joined the Air Force, but he always regretted that he never finished playing college hoops. Now, at age 73, he's getting back in the game:

Mink says he was shooting baskets in his driveway when it occurred to him that it wasn't too late to finish up his college basketball eligibility. "I had been knocking down shot after shot, so when I came in the house I told my wife, 'I've still got it,' " said Mink, a 73-year-old semi-retired journalist. "She said, 'You've got what?' I said, 'I can still play.' "

Fast forward to a recent game when Mink scored two points in Roane State Community College's 93-42 victory over King College's junior varsity.

Mink entered the game with about 16 minutes left in the second half and attempted one shot in about three minutes. Seven minutes later, he went back in the game, was fouled and made two free throws.

"I found myself on the free-throw line 52 years after my last college game," Mink said. "I said, 'Just relax and shoot it like you know how to all day long.' I just floated the shots in there. I'm in the books now. I can relax a little bit."

(Photo from AP Photo by Owen Driskill)


PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN…Last year in their second game of the season perennial powerhouse Kentucky lost to Gardner-Webb (who gave the Hokies trouble last night). This year they lost their opener 111-103 to VMI – yep, the Virginia Military Academy. The loss in the Wildcats’ opener was supposed to be a tuneup for their trip to No. 1 North Carolina next week.

VMI's Travis Holmes celebrates as Kentucky's Patrick Patterson walks away at the end of VMI's 111-103 NCAA college basketball victory at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Friday, Nov. 14, 2008. Holmes led his team with 30 points.

DeAndre Liggins looked to pass out of the VMI trap of Michael Sparks, right, and Chavis Holmes. Liggins, a freshman, had seven turnovers in 27 minutes. Kentucky had 25 in all.

(Photos by Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader and AP Photos)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

TOO COMERCIAL…? If you think sports in the U.S. are too commercial, check out the Asia Series. Here Taiwan’s Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions Hsu Feng-Pin (l), Pan Wu-Hsiung (c) and Liu Fu-Hao (r) celebrate their win over the SK Wyverns of South Korea.

Gross violation of the three logo rule.

Nice, Taiwan Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions, NICE!

(Photo by Umi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

NOTHING CRAZY HERE…Move along.

Kain Saul competes in the Freestyle championships during round five of the Super X Australasian Supercross Championship at WIN Stadium on November 15, 2008 in Wollongong, Australia.

(Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Friday, November 14, 2008

HOKIES: WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said he told his players after a 16-14 loss to Miami on Thursday night that defensive coordinator Bud Foster will interview for the Clemson job, most likely on Friday.

"I believe it's tomorrow," Beamer said Thursday night. "I just told our people in there I wish him well. He's done a great job for us and he deserves the opportunity."

Foster, who has spent the past 13 seasons as the Hokies' defensive coordinator, has earned respect throughout the country as a motivator and is regarded as one of the game's top assistants. His defenses have been among the nation's best in recent years.

In 2006, he won the Broyles Award, which is given to the top assistant in the country. His 2005 and 2006 teams both led the nation in total defense.

Foster is one of several candidates who have been confirmed as interviewing for the job to replace Tommy Bowden, who stepped down on Oct. 13 after 10 seasons there. Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables and former Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin also have interviewed with Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips in the past two weeks.

The Tigers also are interested in talking to Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson, a Clemson alumnus, and Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, according to multiple sources.

(Photo from AP Photo by Luis M. Alvarez)

FSU SUPENDS FIVE AFTER ON CAMPUS BRAWL

Florida State has suspended five players for Saturday's homecoming game against Boston College after their involvement in an on-campus brawl earlier this week, coach Bobby Bowden said in a statement released Friday by the university.

"The police report has not been concluded, but from the information that I have gathered, I am suspending five players who were apparently involved in the fray," Bowden said in the statement. "Taiwan Easterling (left), Bert Reed, Corey Surrency (below), Cameron Wade and Richard Goodman will all be suspended for the Boston College game."

Maj. James Russell of the Florida State University Police Department said Bowden's decision was based on independent information obtained by the coach and that the department's investigation was going forward, The Associated Press reported.

Police have determined that a female bystander who wasn't involved in the fight, which broke out at the university's student union, was struck in the face by a thrown chair. She was treated and released from a local hospital. Police said the current priority in their ongoing investigation is identifying who threw the chair.

Florida State police were called to a large fight involving Seminoles football players and members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity near the student union at 12:37 p.m. on Wednesday.

Russell said Thursday the fight stemmed from bad blood between some of the athletes and fraternity members. No arrests have been made.

(Photos from AP Photo by Phil Coale and Getty Images)

ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE

MIAMI 16, VIRGINIA TECH 14

The Scorpions pretty much described Miami's defense.

While Bud Foster’s defense is starting to look like what we expect from Virginia Tech, Miami's is also rounding into form. As good as the Hokies’ defense was, Maimi’s was better holding Tech to a 2-11 third down conversion rate while allowing only 77 yards rushing.

The Canes’ Javarris James ran for a touchdown, Matt Bosher kicked three field goals, and Miami got huge defensive plays from Marcus Robinson and Allen Bailey on Virginia Tech's final drive to beat the Hokies 16-14 on Thursday night and move into first place in the ACC's Coastal Division a half-game up on North Carolina. If both teams win out, the Tar Heels hold the tie-breaker over the Canes.
Miami had a season-best six sacks, and they did not allow the Hokies past their own 20 in the third quarter. Tyrod Taylor (questionable - ingrown nose hair) had two rushing touchdowns for Virginia Tech (6-4, 3-3), including one with 3:28 remaining, but, none the less, VT suffered a rare Thursday night loss.

Tech is 15-4 in the prime-time showcase. Among ACC teams with more than five appearances, only Miami -- 13-1 -- has a better record.

(Photos by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

SATURDAY FOOTBALL

Saturday, Nov 15

DUKE @ CLEMSON (-10.5),
12:00 PM, Clemson, S.C., TV: RAYCOM

WAKE FOREST (-4) @ N.C. STATE, 3:30 PM, Raleigh, N.C., TV: ESPNU

NORTH CAROLINA (-3) @ MARYLAND, 3:30 PM, College Park, Md., TV: ABC/ESPN

BOSTON COLLEGE @ FLORIDA STATE (-6), 8:00 PM, Tallahassee, Fla., TV: ABC

NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT

Maryland linebacker Rick Costa was arrested early Saturday in College Park and charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault.

Coach Ralph Friedgen announced Tuesday that Costa is suspended indefinitely from all team activities, including practice and games.

"Once the issue has been resolved, Rick's status with the team will be re-evaluated," Friedgen said.

The story goes like this: There was a fight at the Cornerstone Grill and Loft at about 2:25 a.m. Saturday. Two bouncers informed the a police officer that Costa and two other men were attempting to enter the bar after being told it was closed.

After being asked to leave, the 22-year-old Costa "became combative, striking [the bouncers] in the face. When the police officer arrived he identified himself and noted that Costa was "intoxicated and disorderly." Costa then "became belligerent and punched the [officer] in the right side of his eye, causing a severe face injury." The officer defended himself with Mace, and other officers soon arrived to arrest Costa.

Costa's arrest is the first major fracas involving Maryland's football program in more than three years.
Boys will be boys...
(Getty Images)

TAH MAILBAG

A loyal Hokie reader (and founding member of the TAH Society) sent us an email this week asking:

Dear TAH:
Are you doctoring the facial expressions on the Duke players' faces?
Gotta be: looks more like Roger Rabitt...

Dear Loyal Reader:
No need.
See for yourself.
(Reuters photo)

HACKS v. HICKS III

The third annual Hacks vs. Hicks III golf tournament will take place this Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Cudpeppa Country Club, Cudpeppa, VA. This exciting team golf competition that rivals both the Ryder Cup and the President’s Cup will be televised on News Channel 8 and the Comcast-Cudpeppa All Access channel.

The Cudpeppa squad has throttled the FSCC team in the first two years of the fledgling event, and FSC Captain Tom “Rugger” Blaser is looking for revenge. “They cheated,” Blaze said, “and by ‘cheat’ I mean they have guys who can actually play to their handicaps and we don’t.”

When questioned about the logic of “vanity” handicaps, Blaze quipped, “I don’t get it, either. I don’t have a sissy fade for nothin’…”

Cudpeppa Captain Carty “Fakeheart” Yowell could not be reached for comment. All Email inquires received an auto-response titled “SCOREBOARD.”

VP Kup organizer Kat Reeves had this to say about the new entry on the local golf calendar, “It’s a nice little event with no particular purpose, meaningful outcome or bad-ass post tournie party, so what’s the point?”

(Editor’s Note: Hey, who are the Arab guys?)

(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

NFL: PLEASE OUTLAW THE PREVENT DEFENSE

Former Virginia Cavalier Thomas Jones gained 107 yards on 30 carries to help the under-achieving and seemingly cursed New York Football Jets defeat their arch-nemesis, the overachieving New England Patriots.

The game once again vividly demonstrated the tragic flaw in the conventional wisdom embraced throughout the world of football known as the “prevent defense.”

New England got the ball with no timeouts left on their own 38 with 1:05 left to play. The Jets set up in the “prevent you from winning” defense with the exception of the corner covering Randy Moss. He played Moss tight and jammed him. The NFL Network commentators commented that this had taken Moss completely out of the game.

The Pats marched right down the field and had the ball 4th and one on the 16 with 8 seconds left to play. So the game comes down to one final play, and the Pats have to score since it’s fourth down.

What do the Jets do? They back off of everybody to “prevent” the Patriots from getting in the end zone, and, believe it or not, they back off of Randy Moss too. So what does Moss do?
Don’t be silly…he wins a wrestling match in the end zone and catches the touchdown that sends the game into needless (and sleep depriving) overtime.
Unbelievable…

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

WHO THE HECK IS THAT...? Is that Brett Favre? Really?

It's still weird to see him as a Jet and it always will be...

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

SEPERATED AT BIRTH…It could be Tom Hank’s little brother with skinny legs, but it’s really Andy Murray of Britain waving as he walks out onto the court to play Roger Federer of Switzerland in their men's singles match on the sixth day of the ATP Masters Cup tennis tournament in Shanghai on November 14, 2008.

That’s not the longest sentence we’ve ever written/published, but it’s (as we say in the horse racing biz) “in the picture.”

(Photo by Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

VIRGINIA TECH @ MIAMI (-5), 7:30 PM, Miami Gardens, Fla., TV: ESPN

MIAMI INJURY REPORT (Official)
WR Leonard Hankerson (leg ) - doubtful
OT Jason Fox (leg) - doubtful
RB Shawnbrey McNeal (illness) - doubtful
LB Jordan Futch (head) - out
S Randy Phillips (leg) - out
S Vaughn Telemaque (arm) - out

VIRGINIA TECH INJURY REPORT (Unofficial)
QB Sean Glennon (ankle) - questionable
CB Victor Harris (illness) - questionable
WR Barrett Mears (ankle) - questionable
QBTyrod Taylor (ankle) - questionable
WR Lorenzo Williams (knee) - questionable
TE Greg Boon (hang nail) - questionable
QB Cory Holt (tummy ache) - questionable
QB Randall Dunn (foot fungus) - questionable
QB Lorenzo Williams (rash) - questionable
WR Sam Wheeler (swollen tongue) - questionable
RB Kenny Lewis (boils) - questionable
RB Dorian Porch (sore butt) - questionable
LB Cody Grimm (nose bleed) - questionable
K Tim Pisano (turf toe) - questionable
QB Darren Evans (pink eye) - questionable
QB Mike Reid (sprained ear) - questionable
QB Cam Martin (scurvey) - questionable

WHERE ARE WE (NOW)?

We could concur with various pundits that it is odd to be this deep into the ACC football season (11 weeks) and be so completely unsure of even one of the teams bound for the “Dr. Pepper Bowl” (the ACC Championship Game).


It's a three-team race in both divisions heading into Week 12. North Carolina, Miami and Virginia Tech are the Coastal Division leaders, while Florida State, Wake Forest and Maryland lead the Atlantic. They're all two-loss teams.

The Coastal is fairly simple. If Tech wins out they win as they would hold tie-breakers over Miami and UNC. If UNC wins out, they come up short unless Miami beats Tech since the Tar Heels hold the tie-breaker over the Canes.

Over in the Atlantic, if Florida State wins out they should lock up a spot in the title game unless, of course, Wake wins out. They have BC and Maryland left. A Noles win over the Terps, knocks Ralph’s boys out obviously. If Wake wins out – the Deacs have NC State and BC left – they would win the tie-breaker over FSU based on their win in the Incredibly Ugly Pukefest Bowl of earlier this season.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

HMMM…

With 6.7 seconds left in the Miami Heats 99-94 win over the New Jersey Nets, former Tar Heel Vince Carter was called for…

…are you sitting down?

…travelling.

For shame, Vince, for shame.

Nice, Mr. NBA Ref, NICE!

Wow, he must have taken eight steps.

(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

U(CONN) DIZZING ME BROUGH?

ESPN The Magazine came out with its College Hoops Preview this week. It focused on the big men who stuck around for another year like UNC senior Tyler Hansbrough, the reigning national player of the year, Notre Dame junior Luke Harangody, Okalahoma sophomore Blake Griffin and Connecticut junior Hasheem Thabeet.

Thabeet got off the best line, which was prominently displayed on the magazine’s cover for the world to see.

Asked who he thought were the toughest big men in college, Thabeet said, "Nobody's better than me, only more experienced. I played Luke Harangody and he was not tough. Tyler Hansbrough? I don't see nothing."

UConn plays Notre Dame twice, but the Tar Heels won't see them until tourney time, if at all...
Time will tell...

SPEAKING OF HANSBROUGH…

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said reigning national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough is “extremely doubtful” for Saturday’s season opener for the top-ranked Tar Heels.

In a statement from the school Wednesday, Williams said the team will keep Hansbrough out of practice a little longer as he recovers from a stress reaction in his right shin.

Hansbrough hasn’t practiced for two weeks with the injury, which can be a precursor to a stress fracture.

“It’s extremely doubtful that he would play against Penn, and I emphasize extremely doubtful,” Williams said.

Hansbrough has played in all 108 games of his three-year career, and he had missed just one practice—the day after playing 47 minutes in a double-overtime win against Clemson despite an infected toe last year—before this injury.

The Tar Heels will probably start 7-foot freshman Tyler Zeller in Hansbrough’s place while Danny Green—North Carolina’s sixth man last year— starts for injured Marcus Ginyard.

(Photo by Zeke Smith)

MAN BITES DOG or NCAA DOES SOMETHING THAT MAKES SENSE

FSU safety Myron Rolle is up for the Rhodes Scholarship. No, we aren’t kidding he really is.

Unfortunately for Myron, his interview in Alabama is the same time on November 22nd that his Noles are supposed to be playing the Terps.

So what did the suits out in Kansas City do?

Sit down. We know you thought that travelling call in the NBA was a shock, wait till you get a load of this.

First the NCAA agreed to move the kickoff to 7:45 pm so Rolle wouldn’t miss all of the game, and then they went all crazy and will allow FSU to charter a plane for his trip from Birmingham to College Park, MD.

Rolle is an honor student majoring in pre-med and on track to graduate early.

"I said he's got to go," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said of the Rhodes Scholarship interviews. "That's once in a lifetime. Whatever he's got to do, he's got to do. You cannot take that opportunity away from a man. I just hope he wins it.”

In the end, this begs one question and one question only: What the hell is Rolle doing at Florida State?

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

NOT EXACTLY PEBBLE BEACH...maybe the tankers gave it away.

Darren Clarke and Rory McIlory of Northern Ireland in action during the first round of the Barclays Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club on November 13, 2008 in Singapore.




(Photos by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

PICTURES OF THE DAY 2

STILL UNDEFEATED...Ball State's Jakeem Gregory (15), John Buckingham (30) and Drew Sharick (84) sing the school song to fans after Ball State defeated Miami of Ohio 31-16 in an NCAA college football game Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, in Oxford, Ohio.

Ball State improved to 10-0 for the first time, with six of the wins in the Mid-American Conference. The Cardinals matched their school record for victories - they went 10-1 in 1978. Their only perfect season came in 1949, when they won eight games.

They have two games remaining with which to torture the BCS boys - November 19 @ Central Michigan, and November 25 vs. Western Michigan.

(AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

BUTCH DAVIS IS DEFINITELY LEAVING UNC

According to Greg Barnes at Inside Carolina, Butch Davis is NOT interested in the Tennessee job...

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Asked yet again about his rumored interest in the open head coach position at the University of Tennessee, Butch Davis gave a definitive answer on Wednesday morning.

"I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in the University of Tennessee job," Davis said on Wednesday's ACC teleconference. "It's a great job, but I have no interest in it.

"I've said for the last couple of weeks that I love being here and my family loves being at Carolina. We’re building with the administration everything we can every single day to build a championship football program here."

When asked if Tennessee had contacted he or his agent, Davis said, "No."

Man, now it's gettin' really scary...


ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSIVE BACK -- Darren Evans, Virginia Tech, RB, 6-0, 215, r-Fr., Indianapolis, Ind. Evans ran for a school-record 253 yards on 32 carries in Tech's 23-13 win over No. 23 Maryland on Thursday night at Lane Stadium. He also caught two passes for 20 yards for 273 all-purpose yards.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN -- Rodney Hudson, Florida State, OT, 6-2, 290, S., Mobile, Ala. Hudson once again recorded the best grade on the line as he helped FSU rush for 266 yards and three TDs against Clemson. Hudson led the team for the fifth time in nine games with an 89 percent grade overall and an unprecedented 98 percent grade versus the run.

CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN -- Neefy Moffett, Florida State, DT, 6-1, 255, Sr., Palm Bay, Fla.Moffett only recorded two tackles in the game, but his game-tying 18-yard interception return touchdown knotted the score at 10-10. The interception return for points was the first by a FSU interior lineman in almost two decades.

Mark Herzlich, Boston College, LB, 6-4, 238, Jr., Wayne, Pa.Herzlich recorded 11 tackles, 10 solos, and three pass breakups in the Eagles' 17-0 win over Notre Dame. The junior linebacker was instrumental in Boston College's first shutout win over the Irish in series history and the first time that Notre Dame has been held scoreless this season.

DEFENSIVE BACK -- Paul Anderson, Boston College, SS, 6-11, 211, Sr., Staten Island, N.Y.Anderson picked off two passes, returning one for 76 yards for a touchdown and intercepting another in the endzone as the Eagles shutout Notre Dame, 17-0 on Saturday.

SPECIALIST -- Graham Gano, Florida State, PK/P, 6-1, 197, Sr., Pensacola, Fla.Gano handled the placekicking and punting duties on Saturday against Clemson, kicking a total of 18 times in the 41-27 win over the Tigers. He made his 16th and 17th consecutive field goals from 52 and 37 to extend his streak of consecutive games with a 50+ yard field goal to five.

ROOKIE -- Brandon Pendergrass, Wake Forest, RB, 5-9, 200, R-Fr., Royal Palm Beach, Fla. Pendergrass posted his first career 100-yard rushing game with 110 yards on a career-high 27 carries against Virginia on Saturday. Pendergrass rushed for a 1-yard touchdown run that put the Deacons ahead 21-3 late in the second quarter.

(Photos from AP Photo by Don Petersen, AP Photo by Phil Coale and AP Photo by Lynne Sladky)

THOSE CANES, THEY’RE FUNNY

Clinton Portis being, well, Clinton Portis.

According to DC Sports Blog, the best moment of Portis's weekly appearance on yesterday's John Thompson Show on Sports Talk 980?

When the Coach asked CP for his thoughts on the election, and the All-Pro running back responded with "my President is black, my Lambo's blue..."

Actually it's "my President iz black..." and if your young and hip you know the rest of the quote, and you know why we can’t air it here on TAH…

TOLY HANSBROUGH© GOES INTO DAMAGE CONTROL MODE

Turn up the volume as Toly Hansbrough© takes all of 7 seconds to bring back world order.

Nice, Toly, NICE!


That would be: "Sittin' muscle is another word for b-u-t-t."

HOKIE HOGS?

Zack Berman of the Washington Post wrote a nice piece about the improving Virginia Tech offensive line. We’d preview some of it for you, but we’ve already received one “cease and desist” love note from one Theodore N. Stern, Associate General Counsel, Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. Thank you very much.

Evidently, Mr. Stern and his comrades over at WP don’t realize everything on the Internet is FREE (just ask Al Gore) and available for World Wide distribution…Why do you think they call it the World Wide Web? Jeez.

Don’t they know we have a stable of qualified attorneys from various ACC, SEC and CAA powerhouses ready to defend our first amendment right to plagiarism?

Oh yeah, the link to the Tech story…

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

HMMM…

Every now and then we need a little something to make us all feel a little more…you know, normal.

Enter George Clinton.
Evidently, Mr. Funk-tastic is storing his DNA so he can be cloned one day. The Parliament-Funkadelic frontman tells Details magazine that cloning has actually been going on for thousands of years:

"Cloning - we got generations of that [bleep]," Clinton said. "The pyramids? They was for cloning. That's why embalming lasts so long. Get the DNA and pull 'em back. So somebody been cloned already, but not me. Not yet."

Fess up, you feel better already!
(Getty Photo)

COACH K COMPLAINS ABOUT REFS

Shocking, we know, but this time he might actually be right.

Coach K had a few words about fouls and free throws, but it wasn’t about Duke’s uncharacteristically bad performance – the Blue Devils made just 25 of 49 attempts (51 percent) from the free throw line against Georgia State last night – but about Brian Zoubek fouling out in “record” time the night before against Presbyterian. The big lanky junior center fouled out in just seven minutes of playing time, with one basket, three turnovers (all three on fouls on the offensive end), and one assist.

Coach K had this to say in his post-game interview:

“It’s frustrating and I don’t know if he falls in that syndrome where he looks like a guy who fouls…Something’s not right there…the kid is playing pretty well and it’s tough to foul out in seven minutes…unless you’re doing Hack-a-Shaq. Really, it’s very difficult to do that. I don’t know if it broke a record?”

(Duke's Brian Zoubek (55) battles with Georgia Southern's Krzysztof Janiszewski of Poland, while Jon Scheyer makes CRAZY FACES during the first half. AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

SAME AS IT EVER WAS…? Duke’s Gerald Henderson #15 takes an unconventional, not to mention illegal, route to blocking a shot by Georgia Southern’s Nate Blackburn. According to the News & Observer “No goaltending was called on the play.”

The second photo shows how it’s supposed to be done…although technically speaking, a player can’t trap the ball against the glass.
We’re pretty sure that both photos depict “optical illusions” of said prohibited actions.

Duke beat Georgia Southern (Eagles, 17,764 students, Statesboro, GA) 97-54 in the second round of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Over at TruthAboutDuke.com, heads are spinning and keyboards are smoking!
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome and Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

WRONG, WE TELL YA…It’s just plain wrong.

Hard core Virginia-grad Dr. A.G. Wahoo is a serious fan of all things UVA. Luckily, his first two offspring saw the light and followed the family tradition straight to C’ville to assume their rightful place. His youngest daughter though is contemplating straying from the fold and recently visited Duke where Dear Old Dad shot this photo of Cameron Indoor during last night’s rout of lil ol’ Georgia Southern. Oh…the humanity.

Never mind the giant swing in tuition from public in-state to private out-of-state, it’s Duke for crying out loud! C’mon Sal, snap out of it!!!

(Photo by Dr. A.G.Wahoo/Harkaway Press)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

MAYBE THE APOCALPYSE REALLY IS UPON US…? Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden of Australia lie on the ground along with the Indian players and umpire Billy Bowden as a swarm of bees pass over the ground during day three of the Third Test match between India and Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on October 31,2008 in New Delhi,India.

(Getty Photo)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

LIKE IT OR NOT, IT’S BAKSETBALL SEASON

…woo hoo!

Oops, did we write that out loud?

Last night, The University of New Jersey at Durham (UNJD), known in some circles as Duke University, kicked off the ACC basketball season with a routine drumming of Presbyterian College (Blue Hose, 1,300 students, Clinton, SC).

According to the AP, the Blue Devils (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) opened a season of high expectations Monday night with an 80-49 rout of Presbyterian in the 2K Sports Classic, but there weren't many people from Duke who were content with it.

Not Kyle Singler, who scored 12 of his 19 points during the decisive first half but uncharacteristically missed seven shots.

Not Nolan Smith, who scored 15 points but admitted the Blue Devils "were just off."

And certainly not Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzvbne8ski who improved to 27-2 in home openers at the school despite his team's 21 turnovers.

Still, the Blue Devils (1-0) did enough to win in the first half by overwhelming the cold-shooting Blue Hose with two dominating spurts, then cruised to their 60th straight nonconference win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

In addition to all of that, Jon Scheyer made a bunch of CRAZY faces.
(Photos by Chuck Liddy/Raliegh News & Observer and GoDuke.com)

THE GHOST OF MAC BROWN

The highway is alive tonight
But nobody's kiddin' nobody about what town
I'm sittin' down here with an ugly frown
Searchin' for the ghost of Mac Brown
-- Mike Springsteen (Bruce's cousin)

Is the University of Tennessee courting UNC head coach Butch Davis to replace Phil Fulmer at season’s end or are certain folks in cyberspace full of crap?

Good question.

The Knoxville News Sentinel’s UT blog reported UNC coach Butch Davis is the leading candidate to replace Phil Fulmer, and it prompted the question again this week as to whether there was any condition under whether Davis would take the Tennessee job. Davis' response was, "I already addressed that last week. There's no further discussion about that."

Davis said last week he was "committed to building a championship football program at North Carolina," and obviously he'd have to stick around to do that.
According to ESPN’s Heather Dinich, ESPN’s SEC blogger Chris Low says he's NOT hearing Davis' name as the top choice.

According to the News-Sentinels Dave Hooker:
North Carolina coach Butch Davis as the leading candidate to replace ousted football coach Phillip Fulmer, multiple sources have told the Knoxville News Sentinel.

(Editor’s Note: Is that the “if we could have anybody we want it would be Butch Davis” leading candidate or is that the “we are talking to him and his agent about taking the position” leading candidate? ‘Cause they ain’t the same.)

Whether UT can secure Davis remains to be seen.

Davis has said publicly that he is happy at North Carolina because of the family environment in Chapel Hill and the opportunity to rebuild a program that has long struggled.

If UT can't get Davis, Mike Leach of Texas Tech and Brian Kelly of Cincinnati will become strong possibilities. Tim Brewster from Minnesota will also be considered.

As for Davis, UT will offer better facilities and more exposure than North Carolina. UT will also offer the chance to coach in the SEC.

That could be perceived as a pro or con. While the SEC is a much higher-profile conference than the Atlantic Coast Conference, it also is widely believed to be a more difficult conference to win and subsequently compete for national championships.

Davis, 56, turned down advances from Arkansas last season. He played defensive end for the Razorbacks before a knee injury curtailed his playing career. Davis became a volunteer coach and graduated in 1974.

Davis went 51-20 at Miami from 1995-2000 and helped assemble a supremely talented team that won the national championship in 2001 under Larry Coker, who replaced Davis when he left for the NFL to coach the Cleveland Browns.

Davis struggled in Cleveland, going 24-35 and only making the playoffs once in four seasons.

(Photos by AP Photo/Gerry Broome, AP Photo/Wade Payne and Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

BAD PHOTO COULD DERAIL FOREST GUMPIAN CAREER

Multi-sport star athlete and recent Top Gun recruit, Toly Hansbrough© was dealt a major setback to his incredible career plans when his 2008 C.M. Bradley first grade photo was leaked on the Internet.

To make a long story short, people laughed.

Well, some people. (Like his mom, dad and sister – they laughed like crazy.) Others immediately began to rethink their position on both Toly’s future NCAA and U.S. military fortunes.

As early as yesterday afternoon, Tog Gun recruiter Dirt Callaghan had issued a statement to the press saying, “We want him in the Navy, we want him at Top Gun, we want him puttin' US hardware on bad guys' foreheads. He's a national asset, and that kind of talent must be utilized just as soon as he's tall enough to see over the dashboard. I'm proud to say I'd be that kid's wingman anytime.”

Today, Callaghan’s rumored response to the leaked photo was something akin to, “No, effin’ way that dudes getting anywhere near my multi-billion dollar high performance aircraft. Did you check out that look on his face?”

Coach Roy Williams of the 2005 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Championship University of North Carolina Tar Heels released a brief statement on TarHeelBlue.com saying, “I look at the real Tyler Hansbrough’s mug every day, so Toly will be fine. You can’t count on six-year-old boys when it comes to photo ops.”

Coach Butch Davis of the Tar Heels football team said, “Is he a kicker? In that picture, he looks like a kicker…Are we out of Barths? Do we need a kicker?”

HOLLYWOOD NEW BIDDER IN TOLY HANSBROUGH© SWEEPSTAKES

The moment Hollywood moguls got wind of the rumor that their might be some hesitation on the part of a few of the parties in the Toly Hansbrough© bidding war, they jumped into the fray with both feet.

“I’ve seen the picture and Lemon has told me all about this kid,” said Jack Donaghy, the NBC Vice President of East Coast Television and GE Microwave Oven Programming who takes responsibility for the hit show 30 Rock among others. “Do you know I’ve hosted Saturday Night Live 75 times?”

Speaking of Saturday Night Live, internet gossip hound Perez Hilton is reporting that while a bid to host SNL is in the works, several studios are also bidding on Toly’s services as they seek to remake several famous movies in his image.

Working scripts have already been received by Toly’s people for Napoleon Tolymite, Being Toly Malkovich, The Big Tolowski, Dr. Strangetoly, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Toly, Toly Python and the Holy Grail, Tolyspotting, 28 Tolys Later, Toly Hansbrough©’s Day Off, and A Clockwork Toly.

He’s even been offered the lead voice role in the CG film TOLL-E.

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