Saturday, October 10, 2009
*Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is expecting the best from Florida State, despite the ongoing drama off the field in Tallahassee.
*Longtime Maryland booster Jack Heise passed away this week, but not before he had a chance to put his final letter in the mail to coach Ralph Friedgen wishing him good luck this weekend against Wake Forest.
*BC's defense has faced some good ACC quarterbacks already, but none of them have the feetlike Tyrod Taylor.
*Clemson could be making some changes to its offense this week, and it could include using the tight ends more.
*Has Wake Forest already found its next Alphonso Smith?
*For those of you who tried to stick a fork in Virginia, Al Groh said it might not be that easy.
*While Saturday's game between Miami and FAMU should be relatively uneventful on the field, it will spark a painful memory for the late Bryan Pata's brother, who is now the tight ends coach for FAMU.
*NC State coach Tom O'Brien needs a win on Saturday more than Duke's David Cutcliffe does.
*Of all the new coaches hired recently in the ACC, though, none of them had the instant success of Georgia Tech's Johnson.
Let's put this one to rest -- Chuck Amato and Jimbo Fisher never got into a fight. Hence the reason you never read about it here.
*Virginia Tech running backs Josh Oglesby #25 and Ryan Williams have different styles -- on and off the field.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Cudpeppa, being about one hour from Charlottesville, was the subject of some speculation last Thursday when U2 was tearing up the turf (see below) at UVA’s Scott Stadium.
A few days after, the rumor surfaced on Facebook that U2 frontman and worldwide rock star Bono had stopped in Cudpeppa for lunch on his way from the Tuesday show at FedEx Field to C’ville for the Thursday night gig.
This rumor was, of course, met with disdain and disbelief. Why in the name of God’s green earth would Bono have lunch in Cudpeppa? Well…because the quaint hamlet of 10,000 has some pretty damn good restaurants, that’s why.
So Bono and his crew picked the Hazel River Inn (a good choice) and made a reservation under the name McMinnis. The staff figured out who it was not long after The Rock Star With One Name darkened the door.
The rest is now local legend.
At some point during Bono’s lunch, long-time Hazel Inn employee Kat Wilsey slipped across the street to The Purple Parrot to let her friend Daphne Ryczko in on their special guest.
Ryczko, owner of the gift shop, said she thought Kat was drunk.
“Bono is not in that restaurant,” she said she told Wilsey. “That’s just stupid.”
No, that’s not stupid, just six degrees of Vertigo!
Nice, Culpeper, NICE!
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What, nobody grows sod in the Old Dominion?
For the year, that’s a 4-1 record and 131 for 201 for 1,579 yards and 11 touchdowns against TWO interceptions. That’s an average of 315 yards a game.
Nice, Scott, NICE!
*There are three coaches in the ACC who are feeling the heat right now, and considering Bobby Bowden is one of them, nobody is immune.
*It's taken some patience, but Maryland's defense has made progress in recent weeks under first-year coordinator Don Brown.
*Virginia Tech's offense, the missing link the past few seasons, appears to have figured things out this year. They're reaching marks they haven't met since 2005.
*Clemson running back C.J. Spiller has been the one constant for the Tigers' offense -- and he's not done yet.
*FSU's defense is hurting. No, really.
*Meanwhile, Miami's secondary is getting better. After all, they're going against some of the top receivers every day.
*Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and Bowden have gone in different directions over the past decade.
*NC State safety Bobby Floyd #31 is one of the most productive former walk-ons in the ACC.
*UNC offensive lineman Greg Elleby has made the move from defensive end, and even he can't believe he'd be playing so much so early.
*Boston College got a little extra inspiration this season from one of my colleagues.
*Georgia Tech safety Cooper Taylor has had some heart problems that have kept him sidelined for the past three weeks, but he still expects to play this season.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
PETA spokesman Dan Shannon begged to differ saying that "people who abuse animals don't deserve to be rewarded. They shouldn't be given multimillion-dollar contracts…or given the privilege of being a role model."
Safe to say, rookie Gerald Henderson recently of Duke was likely to catch some flak when he was drafted by the Bobcats.
For starters, the veterans are making Henderson carry a light blue North Carolina backpack everywhere he goes.
All the rookies have backpacks that go with them on trips, to dinner and other places. Pink Disney-themed backpacks are popular this year but given the heavy Tar Heel influence among the Bobcats Henderson got a Carolina blue backpack.
To make it more special, it's autographed by Felton.
"I try to match it with stuff, but I don't have a lot of Carolina blue," Henderson said after practice yesterday.
On the court in Cleveland on Tuesday night in the first semi-official minute of his NBA career, Henderson enjoyed another welcome from a NBA veteran – this one from L.S.U.
Henderson, a former All-American, came off a screen and turned the corner, the basket in his sights.
Problem was, somebody saw him coming. Somebody named Shaquille O'Neal.
"I was, like, this isn't going to be good," Henderson said.
O'Neal swallowed Henderson's dunk attempt, fouling the rookie hard in the process.
Henderson made one of two free throws and the first of what will likely be several professional baptisms had occurred.
"It was one of those welcome-to-the-NBA moments," Henderson said.
A sample of ACC wrestling coaches and wrestlers generally called the proposed uniforms "f***ed up."
*Heather Dinich’s Week Six Predictions, and she’s feelin’ it after picking the Cavs to upset the Tar Heels.
*Bobby Bowden isn't the only one at Florida State whose status is uncertain. Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews might retire at the end of the season, too. Of course, if Bowden wants Andrews to come back, doesn't that mean he wants to come back, too?
*Georgia Tech safety Morgan Burnett expects the Noles to come prepared to play, despite all of the distractions this week.
*Maryland doesn't know whether or not it will have Bruce Campbell back at left tackle in time for Wake Forest, but Paul Pinegar has been getting the reps there this week.
*Wake Forest will be looking for more from its running game on Saturday against the Terps.
With a full-grown beard and a bald head, Duke receiver Austin Kelly looks like the old man of the group, but now he's starting to play like it.
*Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple's standards are higher than yours, believe it or not, and right now, he says the offense isn't very good.
*Virginia Tech split end Jarrett Boykin #81 has hands so big they rip through his XXXL gloves, the largest size Nike makes. If you're a receiver, that's a good thing.
The pink gloves were part of the NFL-wide show of support for the Race For The Cure.
(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Over in ALDS, the Yankees beat the Twins 7-2.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
To: Jim Smith, Former Florida Attorney General and Gubernatorial Candidate and current Chairman of the Florida State University Board of Trustees
From: Editor, T.A.H. Knower-of-all-Things-ACC-Related.
Dear Mr. Smith:
Shut up. Right now.
Seriously, here are a few points to ponder:
1) Hiring and firing the head football coach is the responsibility of FSU's President and Athletic Director not the Board of Trustees or the chair of same. We know what you will eventually say -- that you were simply mouthing the words that the prez and A.D. were thinking. Maybe you are, but STOP doing it, it doesn't help.
2) Don't lose perspective 'cause you lost a couple of games you think the Noles should have won. Remember your coach is the second winningest of all time. He's won 21 bowl games. He put FSU football on the MAP. His players are a bunch of 19- and 20-year-olds, they screw up.
3) Speaking of "on the map," if it weren't for Bobby Bowden nobody outside of the state of Florida would know or care about Florida State. He has made the school MILLIONS and elevated both athletic and scholastic achievement for your university. Show a little respect.
4) Finally, get over the concept of dynasty football -- it's over. The reason you see so many upsets in NCAA football these days is NFLesque parody. There are big, strong, fast kids everywhere. So many of them, in fact, that every major college has big league athletes. The days of the a dozen dynasty programs like Ohio State, Michigan, Texas, Penn State, Notre Dame, USC, Alabama and Oklahoma ruling the gridiron world are OVER...Now, it's "any given Saturday."
In the immortal words of the Mighty Blaze: It is, what it is. The notion that you will hire a new coach and suddenly start to dominate national, regional or even Florida football is misguided and unrealistic. FSU created this "coach-in-waiting" mess, so find a viable solution (privately).
Good luck finding the next Bobby Bowden who will make you rich, make you famous, win a National Championship and 21 bowl games. We wager neither you nor T.A.H. lives long enough to see Bowden's records eclipsed.
So if FSU loses this weekend to Georgia Tech, take a page from the Bobby Knight playbook and throw something at an underling, but leave your coach alone until the season is OVER.
EDITOR and PUBLISHER
T.A.H. Worldwide Media
If Bowden stays for the 2010 season, the source said, Florida State officials want a plan in place in which Fisher would have control over the Seminoles' football operations -- for example, recruiting, coaching and practice.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN – Jason Fox, Miami, OT, Sr., 6-7, 314, Fort Worth, Texas (North Crowley) Miami senior offensive tackle Jason Fox helped anchor an offensive front that paved the way for senior running back Javarris James’ 150 rushing yards against the nation’s top-ranked rushing defense in a 21-20 win against eighth-ranked Oklahoma. Aided by Fox’s performance at the tackle position, the 17th-ranked Hurricanes piled on 342 yards of total offense.
CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Brad Jefferson, Georgia Tech, ILB, Jr., 6-2, 236, Wrightsville, Ga. (Johnson County) Georgia Tech junior inside linebacker Brad Jefferson tied a career-high with eight tackles, including seven solo stops and one for a loss, in a 42-31 win against Mississippi State. Jefferson also forced two Bulldog fumbles.
Matt Conrath, Virginia, So., DE, 6-7, 270, Oak Lawn, Ill. (St. Rita) Virginia sophomore defensive end Matt Conrath spearheaded a Cavalier defense that allowed only 175 total yards in a 16-3 win against North Carolina. Conrath helped the defensive front hold the Tar Heels rushing attack to just 39 yards, the fewest allowed by Virginia since giving up 19 to Richmond last season.
DEFENSIVE BACK – Cody Grimm, Virginia Tech, OLB, Sr., 5-11, 202, Fairfax, Va. (Oakton) Virginia Tech outside linebacker Cody Grimm registered a game and career-high 14 tackles in a 34-26 win against Duke. Among his 14 hits were two tackles for loss (six yards) and a forced fumble. Grimm helped the Hokie defense hold the Blue Devils to just 38 rushing yards on 31 attempts (1.2 yards per rush).
CO-SPECIALIST - Nick Ferrara, Maryland, P/PK, Fr., 6-1, 195, Hicksville, N.Y. (St. Anthony’s) Maryland freshman placekicker Nick Ferarra handled all three phases of the kicking game in a 24-21 win against Clemson. Ferarra punted eight times and averaged 43.2 yards per punt with a long of 61—the third highest mark in the league this season—and landed three kicks inside Clemson’s 20-yard line.
Robert Randolph, Virginia, PK, So., 5-10, 160, Naples, Fla. (Naples) Virginia sophomore placekicker Robert Randolph set a career-high by converting all three of his field goal attempts in a 16-3 win against North Carolina, a game that did not see a touchdown scored until the 5:49 mark of the fourth quarter. Randolph made a 36-yarder to give the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter, then extended their lead to 6-0 on the last play of the first half with a 38-yarder. After North Carolina cut the lead in half at 6-3, Randolph again extended Virginia’s lead to six points with a career-long 43-yard field goal.
ROOKIE – Demetrius Hartsfield, Maryland, OLB, Fr., 6-2, 230, Raleigh, N.C. (Southeast Regional) Maryland freshman outside linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield is the first defensive player this season to take ACC Rookie of the Week honors after registering a team and career-high 10 tackles, eight solo stops, 2.5 tackles for loss—including one sack—and one clutch play in a 24-21 win against Clemson.
So good that Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina’s Roy Williams made in-home visits to scout.com’s top-ranked recruit in the 2010 class – on the same night.
Vance Downs, Barnes coach at Ames (Iowa) High, told ACC NOW in a phone interview that he was not present during Monday night's visits, but he briefly discussed it with his star player Tuesday morning."That’s all I know, is that they were both there … and it was a busy night," Downs said.
In August, Barnes narrowed his list of schools to six choices: UNC, Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma, UCLA and Iowa State. Downs said head coaches from all of the programs, except Iowa State, have now made in-home visits.
Downs also said Barnes has decided he will make his final decision before Nov. 16, his high school team’s first day of practice. "Originally, he had planned to wait until after the season, but he shared with me that he wants to wrap it up in November."
Head-to-head recruiting doesn’t happen as often as you might think, but it does happen. Other Tobacco road battles include Larry Miller (who chose UNC), Danny Ferry (Duke), Shane Battier (Duke) and Brandan Wright (UNC).
Barnes made his official visit to UNC last month, and is scheduled to visit Duke the weekend of Oct. 23.
*Miami belongs in the top 10. T.A.H. agrees.
*Who’s the bigger puke-fest North Carolina or Florida State. Well at least the Tar Heels aren’t bickering publicly.
*Got a bye week? Why not get married? It worked for UVA safety Brandon Woods.
*Because people are grumbling, that's why. Important people, like trustees. Money men. It was enough to hold a meeting Monday morning and talk about the state of Florida State.
*After Mississippi State racked up 487 yards of total offense on Georgia Tech's defense, it's time for a re-evaluation.
*BC, like usual, is in the mix for the Atlantic Division, and after two quality wins, the staff has some positives to build on.
*NC State just recruited the best quarterback in the state, yet the Wolfpack already have one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC. But how long will Russell Wilson stay? There's a chance he will sign an MLB contract in 2010, opening the door for Tyler Brosius.
*Virginia has already forgotten about its win over UNC. The Cavs now have a new goal -- a winning streak.
*Miami freshman Ray Ray Armstrong wears the same number as Sean Taylor, and judging by the way Armstrong played on Saturday, it might be a fair comparison.
*UNC coach Butch Davis is ready to try some changes on offense, namely simplifying things.
*Virginia Tech's defense clamped down against Miami, but against Duke it started to allow those big plays again.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Jim Smith (is that his real name?), the chairman of the Florida State University Board of Trustees wants Bobby Bowden to retire at the end of this season saying: “I take absolutely no pleasure in this…I love Bobby Bowden, but I tell you what, I love FSU more.”
Smith said Monday the arrangement with Bowden as head coach and his successor, Jimbo Fisher, as offensive coordinator isn’t working.
“We’ve got too many bosses out there,” Smith said.
“Jimbo is in a very, very tough situation where people assume he has a whole lot more authority than he really has,” Smith told The Associated Press. “He’s getting blamed for a lot of things that’s just not his fault.”
The Noles are off to their worst start since Bowden’s first year at Florida State in 1976.
Bowden said Sunday that he has no plans of quitting anytime soon. His 384 wins are three fewer than Penn State coach Joe Paterno, the career leader in victories among major college coaches. Bowden turns 80 in just over a month, and has a contract that gives him the option to return in 2010.
And while the school’s trustees don’t have immediate authority over coaches, they have significant influence since they are in effect the boss of university president T.K. Wetherell, who makes such hiring and firing decisions.
Smith said that arrangement has resulted in division among the Florida State staff, an accusation Seminole coaches have vehemently denied.
“I know coaches are sniping at each other and that’s just terrible,” Smith said Monday. “There are too many mixed signals.”
He also said fundraising has slowed significantly, and the school has an obligation to fans and alumni to be competitive.
(Editors Note: Dear Mr. Smith. Congratulations on your many achievements in life including becoming the chair of the FSU Board of Trustees. Now a) shut up and b) take a media training class. You aren’t as smart as you think and you aren’t helping the school you “love.” Enjoy your ego trip and your 15 minutes while you DESTROY what is left of the Noles’ season. So far, Bowden has handled the situation with both class and pluck – take a note Trustee Guy.)
* Steve Ellis isn't the only one calling for the end of the Bowden era, as Jim Smith, a prominent alum and trustees chair, was quite outspoken about it.
*Georgia Tech might have won, but coach Paul Johnson is still looking for improvement.
*The fact that Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen feels the need to tell everyone he's a well-respected coach who can find another job if Maryland doesn't want him doesn't exactly send a message of job security.
*There's "something special brewing" in Chestnut Hill. Can the Eagles take it to Blacksburg?
*Is it time for Air Tyrod?
*Miami seems capable of making it to a BCS bowl game -- an impressive accomplishment considering they haven't even won a bowl game yet under coach Randy Shannon and have only been to one.
*NC State has reasons for hope, but it's off to a rocky start against FBS opponents.
The budding young media mogul used the opportunity to pull some of the spotlight off Super Toly (who greeted the players with high fives and who was celebrated at length at "Tar Heel Town") and to show the world her budding young mogul chops via her mad photography skills.
(If you're wondering why the Heels lost it could be because head coach Butch Davis missed the "high five" opportunity with the Tolmeister. Bad move.)
A.G. got to walk from the Old Well to the stadium with the cheerleaders and the football squad, and then, after tailgaiting with her adoring fans (family members, cousins, etc.), she went down on the field for pre-game warm ups.
It's good to be A.G.
Toly Hansbrough said he enjoyed the day out of the spotlight.
(Photo #1 by Mom/Young A.T., Pop Culture Editor, T.A.H. Worldwide Media)
(Photo #2 & 3, by Dad/Publisher, T.A.H. Worldwide Media)
(All other photos by Anna Banana, Junior Photographer, T.A.H. Worldwide Media)
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