Saturday, October 10, 2009

ACC FOOTBALL: WEEK 6

Saturday, Oct 10
BOSTON COLLEGE @ #5 VIRGINIA TECH (-14), 12:00 PM, TV: RAYCOM (XM 191, Sirius 211)

Georgia Southern @ NORTH CAROLINA, 3:30 PM, TV: ESPN360.com (XM 191, Sirius 211)

Indiana @ VIRGINIA (-6.5), 3:30 PM, TV: ESPN360.com (XM 190, Sirius 216)

DUKE @ N.C. STATE (-15), 4:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 192, Sirius 212)

MARYLAND @ WAKE FOREST (-12.5), 6:30 PM, TV: ESPN360.com (XM 244, Sirius 220)

Florida A&M @ #11 MIAMI, 7:00 PM, TV: ESPN360.com (XM 190, Sirius 216)

#22 GEORGIA TECH @ FLORIDA STATE (-3), 8:00 PM, TV: ESPN2 (XM 192, Sirius 212)
*As always, point spreads are for recreational purposes only. We were a little surprised by that last one.

SATURDAY MORNING EGGS WITH LINKS

*In honor of BC’s Mark Herzlich #94, the Virginia Tech chapter of Uplifting Athletes is donating $9,494.94 to benefit research of Ewing’s Sarcoma.

*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.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"What we try to do with the walk-on guys, is get guys that we feel have a shot to earn a scholarship, and Cody (Grimm) #26 was certainly in that category. That scholarship has paid off very, very well for us. You are talking about a fantastic player that means a lot to your football team, that got to come here as a walk-on. We were the ones who got lucky there, I can tell you, because he is a real football player."

– Frank Beamer. head coach Virginia Tech.

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

RUN OFF HOME RUN. Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after hitting a walk off home run in the eleventh inning against the Minnesota Twins in Game Two of the ALDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 9, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.




(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Friday, October 9, 2009

FSU'S ANDREWS ONLY COACH NOT PLAGUED BY CONTROVERSY (YET)

Florida State Head-Coach-In-Leaving Bobby Bowden, Florida State Head-Coach-In-Waiting Jimbo Fisher, FSU President-In-Leaving T.K. Wehterell and FSU Chairman of the Board of Trustees-In-Need-Of-A-Gag-Order Jim Smith held a joint press conference at the Florida State Alumni Association Football Headquarters Facebook page earler this morning.

The purpose of the press conference was to announce that in spite of heading up a defensive unit that all parties agree is not putting enough pressure on opposing quarterbacks, getting beat deep on occasion, getting penalized for pass interference on third downs, and dropping potential interceptions, there is no controversy swirling around Seminole Defensive Coordinator Mickey Andrews.

When reached for a comment by T.A.H., Andrews said, “So, I’ve got that goin’ for me, which is NICE!”

Nice, FSU, NICE!

*items in italics may not be true.

CUDPEPPA ON BONO: "THAT’S JUST STUPID"

Loyal readers know that T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters is located in beautiful downtown Warrenton, VA. The next town south of the central point of God’s chosen country via U.S. 29 is our red-headed-step-child sister city Cudpeppa (our arch-nemesis and long-time rival in the Hacks v. Hicks golf match.)

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!

To read the whole story, click here.

SCANDAL: UVA’S SCOTT STADIUM TURF GROWN IN…MARYLAND!

Evidently, U2’s 170-ton stage, which is the largest ever to be used for a concert tour according to Rolling Stone, wreaks havoc and destruction on local football fields. According to the Washington Post, after U2 rolled through the area last week, Fed Ex Field, the Cavs’ Scott Stadium and the Wolfpack’s Carter-Finley are all having to replace part of the sod that covers their football fields.

While Scott Stadium field survived the Rolling Stones a few years back, it wasn’t so lucky when Bono and the lads went all 360. Officials preparing for this Saturday’s game with Indiana had planned ahead and had their North Carolina turf provider grow an extra plot of sod in Maryland…

What, nobody grows sod in the Old Dominion?

That explains so much...

Get the rest of the story by clicking here.

THE RIDDLE REPORT

No. 11 Elon’s Junior quarterback Scott Riddle of Ramseur, NC (hometown of T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor Young A.T.) grew up next door to T.A.H. loyalist and founding member John Allen (first cousin of T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor Young A.T.). Subsequently, we have been following his football career.

Riddle continues to be up to his old tricks – throwing 300 yard games with lots of touchdowns. He whizzed through his first two games against Davidson (56-0, 326 yards, 4 TDs) and Presbyterian (41-7, 346 yards, 4 TDs) setting even more Southern Conference records along the way.

Riddle hit a bump in the road when the D1AA Phoenix travelled up the road to Winston-Salem for a game against Wake Forest. Elon got throttled 35-7, but you can’t pin the poor showing on Riddle. While he didn’t light it up, he was a rock-solid 24 if 43 for 195 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Back in the SoCon for the next game, Riddle threw for 338 yards and a touchdown in a 28-14 win over Georgia Southern. In a come from behind victory over Furman (19-12), Riddle tossed the pigskin for 374 yards and a touchdown.

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!

THURSDAY'S DINICH LINKS

*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.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

FLYING FROG. Tanner Brock (35) of TCU gets flipped in a futile attempt to block a punt by Matt Szymanski of SMU.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2


PARALLEL BEAR. Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears leaps over Julian Peterson #59 of the Detroit Lions to score a touchdown in the first quarter on October 4, 2009 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.


(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

UPSIDE DOWN. Baltimore's Derrick Mason, wearing pink gloves to honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, stood on his head as he rolled into the end zone after a 20-yard, first-quarter reception against the New England Patriots on Oct. 4.

Mason hauled in seven passes for 88 yards, but New England won 27-21.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

THE MICHAEL VICK PROJECT: NUH-UH!

Well, it had to happen...actually both things had to happen.

First off, you had to figure that sooner or later gossip mogul Perez Hilton would find his way to T.A.H. After all, T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor Young A.T. is a big fan and loyal follower of the internet wag.

Secondly, you had to figure that if Anna Nicole Smith and Danny Bonaduce had reality T.V. shows, why not Michael Vick?

...and just like that, we roll the two into one.

Young A.T. hippped us to this in an email appropriately titled: "Nuh-uh!"

According to PerezHilton.com, "BET is giving dog-abuser Michael Vick his own reality show, as of right now called The Michael Vick Project.

The show is going to revolve around (the former Hokie's) comeback to the NFL as a new team member on the Philadelphia Eagles and his tarnished public image as a result of his arrest for the dog fighting ring in 2007.

Vick says: "I just want people to really get to know me as an individual. What I want to do is change the perception of me. I am a human being. I've made some mistakes in the past, and I wish it had never happened. But it's not about how you fall, but about how you pick yourself up."

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."

PETA might spew a whole lotta crazy sometimes, but we're with them 100% on this one!*"

So there you have it...

*items in italics are directly from PerezHilton.com.

DUKE’S HENDERSON WELCOMED TO NBA WITH CAROLINA BLUE

Charlotte Bobcats have a few North Carolina connections of the Tar Heel variety. Michael Jordan is part owner, point guard Raymond Felton was a member of the team that won the 2005 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Championship, head coach Larry Brown is a UNC guy as are two of his assistants (including the legendary Phil Ford).

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.

ACC LOOKS TO MAINSTREAM WRESTLING

In yet another attempt to mitigate the negative effects of the current recession, the ACC is attempting to turn traditional non-revenue sports into revenue producers the likes of men's basketball and football. Of course, all the while being mindful of the needs of the student athletes.

With a keen(?) eye on the growing popularity of MMA and UFC, the ACC brass has decided to throw thier notable marketing cache (and resources) into making wrestling a mainstream, popular, revenue producing sport.

Phase one of the ACC's new program is new uniforms designed to catch the eye of the ever popular 19-30-year-old male demographic.

Yesterday, at a poorly attended press conference, league officials revealed the new uniforms to be worn by Duke, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Maryland.

Officials call the new unis "cutting edge with a sharp eye toward pop culture sensibilities" that will "add excitement and color to the sport." Excitement as in "death" and color as in "blood."

A sample of ACC wrestling coaches and wrestlers generally called the proposed uniforms "f***ed up."









*items in italics may not be true.

HUMP DAY LINKS

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich and T.A.H.

*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.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

NICE CATCH. Nice gloves. Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals hauls in a one handed catch for a first quarter touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during their game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The pink gloves were part of the NFL-wide show of support for the Race For The Cure.

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

LONG LIVE THE KING. After a no-catch game, Browns’ WR Braylon Edwards went to a Cleveland Club and got into a fight with a member of LeBron James’ posse. LeBron was not amused that the 6’2” 215 lbs Edwards went whoopin’ on his 5’7” 135 lbs home boy. The next day, Edwards was traded to the New York Jets.

There are people in Cleveland you can mess with. King James is not one of them.

(Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

WINNER, WINNER. (L-R) James Loney #7, Casey Blake#23, Andre Ethier #16, Rafael Furcal #15 and Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game One of the NLDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Dodger Stadium on October 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Cardinals 5-3.

Over in ALDS, the Yankees beat the Twins 7-2.

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

DEAR JIM SMITH

M-E-M-O

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.

Sincerely,
EDITOR and PUBLISHER
T.A.H. Worldwide Media

ESPN: FSU WON’T OUST BOWDEN

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will not be asked to step down this season, a source told ESPN's Shaun King on Tuesday. However, a succession plan for coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher to assume greater responsibility before next season has been discussed, though, according to the source.

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.

Fisher was deemed the head coach-in-waiting in 2007. If he does not succeed Bowden at the conclusion of the 2010 season, Florida State -- under the terms of its agreement with Fisher -- would have to pay him $5 million. FSU has begun working on the structure of a five-year pact that would settle how much Fisher is to be paid when he takes over, a person familiar with those discussions told ESPN's Joe Schad on Monday.

Bowden said Sunday he isn't planning on quitting anytime soon, but the chair of the university's board of trustees said Monday that the arrangement with Bowden as head coach and Fisher as offensive coordinator isn't working.

WEEK 5: ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSIVE BACK – Riley Skinner, Wake Forest, QB, Sr., 6-1, 210, Jacksonville, Fla. (The Bolles School) Wake Forest senior quarterback Riley Skinner earned ACC Offensive Back of the Week accolades for the second time this season (Sept. 14) after completing 31-of-45 passes for 361 yards—the second-best passing performance in the league in 2009—and three touchdowns in a 30-24 win against NC State. In the process, Skinner became Wake Forest’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (45) and total yards (8,041). Additionally, Skinner’s 45 attempts and 361 yards were both career-highs.

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.

TOBACCO ROAD RUNS THROUGH CORN COUNTRY

Six foot-six small forward Harrison Barnes of Ames, Iowa is good. How good?

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.

TUESDAY'S ACC LINKS

From Heather Dinich and T.A.H.:

*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.

*Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is not in panic mode -- yet. Ron Morris writes that you shouldn't be, either.

*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.

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

TOUCHE - LITERALLY. Stefano Barrera (r) of Italy completes against Dominik Behr (l) of Germany during their Men's Team Foil final at the World Fencing Championship in Antalya on October 6, 2009.



Ukraine's team (r) celebrate as Leonore Perrus (l) of France reacts to being defeated by Olga Kharlan of Ukraine during their Women's Team Sabre final at the World Fencing Championship in Antalya on October 6, 2009.

(Photo by Diitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. The Minnesota Twins celebrate their 12th-inning win in the tiebreaker game for the American League Central Division title in Minneapolis, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 after Alexi Cassilla hits a single to send home Carlos Gomez, right, for the winning run.

(AP Photo/Brian Peterson - Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

FSU POISED TO THROW BOWDEN UNDER THE BUS?

One recent quote seems to say it all after a very uneven season that finds Florida State with a 2-3 (0-2 ACC) record.

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.”

Ouch.

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.)

MONDAY LINKS

When the hometown paper calls for Bobby Bowden to step down, you know things are bad in Tallahassee.

* 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?

*Clemson beat writer Paul Strelow had a little run-in with a turtle (seriously), but it was nothing compared to what the Tigers ran into.

*UNC coach Butch Davis and his offensive staff heard some boos on Saturday, and they were richly deserved, writes Caulton Tudor.

*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.

YOUNG MEDIA MOGUL-IN-THE-MAKING

Future multi-sport star at the University of North Carolina Toly Hansbrough's ten-year-old big sister was the "Junior Cheerleader" for Saturday's UNC v. UVA game (?).

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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