Saturday, September 5, 2009
Northeastern @ BOSTON COLLEGE, 2:00 PM, TV: ESPN360.com (XM 191, Sirius 219)
Baylor @ WAKE FOREST, 3:30 PM, TV: ABC / ESPN2 (XM 192, Sirius 218)
William & Mary @ VIRGINIA, 6:00 PM, TV: ESPN360.com (XM 141)
The Citadel @ NORTH CAROLINA, 6:00 PM, TV: ESPN360.com (XM 190, Sirius 220)
Middle Tennessee @ CLEMSON, 6:00 PM, TV: ESPN360.com (XM 193, Sirius 217)
Richmond @ DUKE, 7:00 PM, TV: (XM 191, Sirius 219)
Alabama @ VIRGINIA TECH, 8:00 PM, TV: ABC (XM 192, Sirius 218)
MARYLAND @ Cal, 10:00 PM, TV: ESPN2 (XM 190, Sirius 220)
Friday, September 4, 2009
The Wolfpack managed just 133 yards, with all-Atlantic Coast Conference quarterback Russell Wilson throwing for just 74 yards while under steady pressure from the South Carolina defenders as South Carolina beat North Carolina State 7-3 on Thursday night.
The Cocks Brian Maddox had a short touchdown run while Stephen Garcia completed a key third-down pass in the final minutes to ice an ugly game.
Garcia threw for just 148 yards on a frustrating night for both offenses, but the sophomore came through with a 33-yard completion to Moe Brown that allowed the Gamecocks to run out the final 2 1/2 minutes. It gave South Carolina a second straight season-opening victory against the Wolfpack, who was shut out 34-0 in last year's meeting and failed to reach the end zone in the rematch.
Maddox scored from 1 yard out in the first quarter and finished with 66 yards rushing.
Otherwise, it was a yawnfest.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Right there at our little tailgate party. OK, it wasn’t that little.
He walked over to the show with us….which, was nice.
Nice hat, Jimmy, NICE!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Subsequently, we won’t see the game (nor will we see the Skins v. Jags or Colt v. Chase as we call it in these parts).
Nice, Carolina blue shirt James, NICE!
As the team comes onto the field, O'Brien has the American flag and the North Carolina state flag carried on to the field by the top scout team players of the week. On Thursday, Paul Horst and Mark Walker will carry the flags.
The Mountaineers are pre-season number one in the Football Championship Subdivision (or, as normal people say, Division 1AA), and apparently ACC teams aren’t looking to put them on the dance card. The News & Observers’ J.P. Giglio tells the tale…
Appalachian State opens the football season against East Carolina on Saturday. Next year, the Mountaineers travel to Florida, followed by trips to Virginia Tech in 2011 and Georgia in 2013.
Where you won't see the Mountaineers any time soon is on an in-state ACC schedule. It's not for a lack of effort by athletic director Charlie Cobb.
"Every year we make an inquiry," Cobb said.
And every year, since opening at N.C. State in 2005 – a season that ended with the second of ASU's three national titles on the Football Championship Subdivision level – the reaction has been the same.
"No response," said Cobb, a former N.C. State football player who left his senior associate athletic director role at his alma mater to become ASU's AD in 2005.
Of course, the Mountaineers and their coach Jerry Moore haven't made Cobb's job easy. The historic win at Michigan in 2007, one of the biggest upsets in the sport's history, didn't help generate many new suitors.
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*Here's one that will get Tar Heel fans all riled up. As of right now, writes Caulton Tudor, NC State is the better program. It beats UNC 3-1 in the four key phases of the game. The one area UNC has the edge? Defense, of course.
*Maryland's kicking job will be a game-time decision, as Mike Barbour and Nick Ferarra can't seem to shake each other.
*Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe gave BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo credit for scheduling games that put BC in a position for good or even great seasons.
*BC linebacker Mark Herzlich still has a long way to go -- and a lot to do -- but he's not letting that stop him from helping to lead this year's team.
*There are plenty of coaching tie-ins between Clemson and Middle Tennessee that making for an interesting subplot in the Tigers' season opener.
*Virginia and William & Mary are quite familiar with each other after having swapped game film from every game in 2008.
*Wake Forest returns a lot of familiar faces on it's offensive line, but they say they're different players -- and that's a good thing.
*In case you haven't noticed, it's been a quiet week at Miami. Tuesday practice was closed, and they've got today off. It's a good time to check out Manny Navarro's camp rewind and depth chart predictions.
*He's little. He's shifty. He's a blur. He's Travis Benjamin #80. And he tore up FSU last year. Can he do it again?
*Looks like I'm not the only one who thinks the Canes can beat FSU.
*Craig Yarborough gets that he's an unknown walk-on. But he's got a chance to change that now that he's in the starting lineup against Miami.
*Virginia Tech's defense plans on getting up close and personal with Alabama's new quarterback.
Here are a few images.
As always, click on the image for a better look.
(Photos by David Ross/TigerShark Photos)
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
How did the ACC fare? Not bad. Half of the league made the list. There was no love for Boston College, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia or Georgia Tech.
However, Maryland (38), Virginia Tech (29), N.C. State (21), Miami (13), Clemson (11) and FSU (5) all made the list.
An explosive playmaker, Spiller finally has the backfield all to himself, but he's only had one career 20-carry game.
Clemson opens up with Middle Tennessee on Saturday at 6pm.
(Photo by Bill Frakes/SI)
After receiving negative feedback from fans, N.C. State has scrapped a new design for its men's basketball jerseys, athletic director Lee Fowler said Tuesday.
Last week, N.C. State displayed its new jersey design on its Twitter page. Evidently...that didn't go so well.
Fowler said it was an attempt by coach Sidney Lowe and assistant Monte Towe to re-emphasize the "STATE," which was the only word on the jerseys during their playing days.
Subsequently, the team will abandon the new design and instead use jerseys similar to those from last season, Fowler said.
This wasn't N.C. State's first brush with dissatisfaction over its basketball uniforms. In 1989, coach Jim Valvano unveiled one-piece, skin-tight "unitards" that were billed as the uniforms of the future.
The trend never caught on, nationally or at N.C. State. The Wolfpack players voted to wear their traditional basketball shorts over the unitards, and the team dropped the unpopular look after just two games.
Nike tried to bring back the unitard look a few years ago with the same results.
*Already catching flak from Sports Illustrated for cancelling the band program in order to afford a new football stadium, a 14,000 sq. ft. weight room and Isiah Thomas, FIU has decided to play UNC in Coaches v. Cancer opener.
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich.
*Who better to break down the NC State-South Carolina game than the man who coached at both schools? ESPN's Lou Holtz gave the Charlotte Observer his take.
*Duke hasn't played in a bowl game since 1994, and while the Blue Devils might not quite be there yet, they at least believe they can be.
*Last year, Miami linebacker Sean Spence was a self-described "ping pong," bouncing off guys before he'd make a play. This year, he's not a "little freshman anymore." And he's hoping the collective growth of the defense will help the Canes stop the run.
*FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews doesn't want any help from the Noles' offense, but he just might need it, at least early in the season.
*Jorge Milian of the Palm Beach Post sat down with Miami AD Kirby Hocutt, who said he's confident Randy Shannon "is going to continue to be our leader for a long, long time."
*Randy King of the Roanoke Times writes the Virginia Tech-Bama game is going to be a "slobber-knocker" of a game, which would be just fine with kicker Matt Waldron, who would love nothing more than to be the deciding factor.
*Can Clemson running back C.J. Spiller run between the tackles? Can he be an every-down back? Heck, can he get 1,000 yards? Spiller laughs at those questions, and says he's already proven himself.
*UNC H-back Ryan Taylor will miss the opener against the Citadel with a sprained right knee. Still, the Tar Heels are eager to get into a game situation to find out "who's going to be the playmakers."
*Toney Baker #22 is back and taking over the No. 1 job at running back for NC State, but he hasn't played in a game in eons. Ken Tysiac caught up with Baker to find out his thoughts on the upcoming season.
Andrews’ return has garnered attention beyond the sports world. Among the organizations requesting credentials for Thursday’s season-opening game against South Carolina: the tabloid TV show Inside Edition. (The request was denied.)
N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien was even asked about Andrews at his weekly press conference.
"I don't think she affects the game, does she?" O’Brien deadpanned.
By all accounts, Andrews, back in the news this week following a taping of Oprah, is anxious to get back to work.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Tired of practice, practice, practice, the Gamecocks and Wolfpack have been taking turns providing bulletin board fodder for Thursday night’s ACC opener: This time N.C. State senior defensive end Willie Young provided some new blurbs…
On Steve Spurrier’s play calling: "No. I think you can be as sophisticated as you want to…But if you can beat somebody with basic plays, then you can whip them. It all comes down to their individuals against our individuals. And if you have a better individual, that individual can shake and bake, probably, and break the other individual down and make a play. That's just generally speaking."
On South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia's impact due to his ability to get out of the pocket and run: "Until he starts to hurt us, he can stand back there and juke and jive all he wants to…He's not getting around (defensive end) Shea McKeen over there. And he's definitely not turning anything up the middle between (tackles Leroy) Burgess and (Alan-Michael) Cash. You can take it to the bank."
Finally, Young was asked about Gamecocks tight end Weslye Saunders' comments last week. Saunders said he was going to ask Spurrier for permission to get a 15-yard penalty for extra celebration after scoring a touchdown against the Wolfpack.
"He just talked himself into the biggest MA (missed assignment) possible, I'll just put it like that. That leads to nothing but mistakes. I think he's trying to draw attention to himself…Because I know, me and my goons, we ain't seeing it."
Nice, Willie, NICE!
*Doug Roberson of the AJC says quarterback Josh Nesbitt #9 will be the most improved player on the Jackets' roster this fall.
*Two Maryland offensive linemen have defied the odds walk-ons typically face and earned spots in the starting lineup.
*BC quarterback David Shinskie says he'll be back at practice on Tuesday.
*NC State cornerback C.J. Wilson earned a starting job this summer, and his father's military background helped him understand the demands of coach Tom O'Brien.
The Bobcats don't want that to happen, though. The team wants to have Felton on the team for a long time. And Felton probably doesn't want to become a free agent next summer when teams will be throwing a lot of money around at people like LeBron James, Amar'e Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade.
But the sides have been talking for a while now and they aren't close to a deal. There is a month left before training camp gets underway and a deal needs to be done before then. Stil, Felton's agent is saying the point guard won't sign that qualifying offer until the sides have exhausted all talks on long-term deals.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Vassallo made the All-ACC third team as a senior last season but was not taken in the NBA Draft. He tried out for the Chicago Bulls' summer-league team but didn't make the summer squad's roster.
He will head for France next month, after playing for the Puerto Rican national team.
"The offer was spectacular for a rookie, given the market right now," Vye said Friday. "A lot of [foreign] teams are getting squeezed -- 40-50 percent budget cuts from last year. I've been doing this since 1991 and it's the worst market I've ever seen. This team is financially stable."
"They're going to put him right in the starting lineup. Next summer, A.D. will come back and get in front of the NBA teams and show his improvement, said Vye."
Herzlich, the Eagles' star senior linebacker, disclosed earlier this year that he is suffering from the rare disease and will miss the 2009 season while undergoing treatment. BC will encourage all fans to wear this shirt (or another gold shirt) to the October 3 game vs. Florida State as a show of unity and support for Herzlich and others in their battles to beat cancer.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
In completing the Belmont-Travers double, Summer Bird joins his sire, Birdstone, who did it in 2004.
Summer Bird is the 30th horse to win both races.
A crowd of 34,221 (down from last year’s 40,723) braved showers all day for the biggest racing card of the six-week season, capped by the 1 1/4-mile Midsummer Derby.
Summer Bird, with Kent Desormeaux aboard, came into the race off a runner-up finish to Rachel Alexandra in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 2. For two weeks, trainer Tim Ice had been saying his colt was ready for a big race, and he surely delivered.
Quality Road, who would have been the Derby favorite before he was sidelined with hoof issues, won the Amsterdam Stakes earlier in the month in his return. But he wasn’t quite ready for the Travers: He bucked jockey John Velazquez off before entering the starting gate, was squeezed between horses at the start and finished third in the seven-horse field.
“He didn't break very good. There was nothing I could do, but he came back and got himself back into the race. He handled it pretty well,” Velazquez said of Quality Road. “There was no room for me to go around the far turn. I had to wait for some running room. Once we got some room, he was starting to run again."
“I thought he was stuck in a difficult spot,” said trainer Todd Pletcher of Quality Road having to race behind the leaders early on and then being stuck between horses. “He ran well. I thought considering everything he ran a good race.”
Lane’s End Stakes (G2) winner Hold Me Back who showed little on Colnial’s turf, closed willingly from last in the seven-horse field to finish second.
"He ran great today. I'm thrilled,” said Hold Me Back’s Racing Hall of Fame trainer, Bill Mott. “We were second best but he ran big."
The winning time was 2:02.83.
“It’s real emotional for me,’’ said Sexton, “ You get calls all week, ‘we’re coming, we’re coming, we’re coming,’ but you don’t really know who’s coming or not. And you walk in, and half the stands are just filled with my former teammates – even Coach [Butch] Davis’ son is here. All the basketball guys could be doing whatever they want to be doing, but they’re my best friends, and they showed up to support me. That’s why I love them, I really do love them.”
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