Last Look at the Bubble
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"No," Young said. "No. I think you can be as sophisticated as you want to. Coach (Dana) Bible (N.C. State's offensive coordinator) can be sophisticated. 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.Young was just getting warmed up at that point.
"He (Spurrier) knows his offense. Don't get me wrong. No doubt. No doubt whatsoever. And I think he's confident. But it's going to come down to individual play."
"Until he hurts us, I'm not worried about him," Young said. "It's as simple as that. Until he starts to hurt us, he can stand back there and juke and jive all he wants to. But until he hurts us, he has no effect on my pass rush or anything I intend to do.And regarding that whole Saunders affair,
"...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."
"He just talked himself into the biggest MA (missed assignment) possible," Young said. "I'll just put it like that. That leads to nothing but mistakes. I think he's trying to draw attention to himself, if what he's trying to do. Becaus I know, me and my goons, we ain't seeing it."I'm not sure what the outcome of the game will be, or if the folks from South Carolina will respond to these comments in kind, but the pregame atmosphere just got a lot more interesting.
RALEIGH – The authority that oversees the RBC Center has saved $3.7 million in interest in a bond refinancing – savings that will go toward sprucing up the 10-year-old arena.Now if $2 million seems like a lot to pay for a scoreboard just for an athletics facility ($86K goes into $2 million 23.25 times, Gregg, FWIW), bear in mind that Jerry Jones spent 20 times that for his gargantuan, HD, punt-blocking monstrosity in the new Cowboys stadium.
Basketball and hockey fans will notice the difference as soon as they enter the arena bowl for games beginning in September: Some of the savings will be used to help pay for a new $2 million scoreboard and video screen offering crisper, high-definition images.
If it's Friday night in Gainesville and the Florida Gators are playing a football game the next day at The Swamp, Tim Tebow deserves a hotel room. How could he sleep in his apartment? He could not. He deserves a hotel room, and dammit, the University of Florida will spend the money to get him -- and his teammates, at a cost of roughly $40,000 for the season -- that room.Greggggg has the ability to write well reasoned and logical opinion pieces. I've read them before. It's not as if Doyel is incapable of writing them -- he simply chooses not to at times.
And it's the same thing at Oklahoma with Sam Bradford. And at North Carolina State with, um, whoever plays quarterback for North Carolina State. And at Tennessee and Oregon and Purdue and South Carolina and just about everywhere college football is played at the BCS level.
Players need a hotel room on Friday night.
Even before home games.
And it's insulting. It's insulting to you, the reader, knowing that the N.C. State football team paid more to put up the Wolfpack at a hotel before home games -- almost $86,000 for a handful of Friday nights -- than you'll earn in six months or a year or maybe two or three years. They're throwing away money, and while that money wasn't going to come your way, it's an insult nonetheless.
It's insulting to the players themselves, because they're being told that -- even though they're legally adults and usually 20 years old or older -- they cannot be trusted on their own to get enough sleep or even to stay out of jail the Friday night before a football game. After high school graduation they can be trusted by their parents to leave the confines of home, wherever home was, and report to a college campus where they will be on their own for large parts of every day. But they cannot be trusted by their football coach to show some sense on Friday night in their adopted college hometown.
And maybe some college football players can't be trusted on those six or seven fall Friday nights every year. Maybe lots of them wouldn't get enough sleep and maybe some of them wouldn't stay out of jail if they were allowed to take their athletic arrogance and machismo posturing out into the real world so shortly before a football game.
And maybe that last notion, as realistic as it is, is an insult to me.
Because years ago as a teenager I would have loved to be that college kid who was so good at a sport that my tuition and room and board were free. I would have loved to have been 6-feet-3, 225 pounds and strong or fast or skilled or even all three. I would have loved to play six or seven college football games every year in front of my fellow students and 80,000 fans who would adore me simply because of the helmet on my head and the jersey on my back. I would have loved it.
And I wouldn't have screwed it up by staying out late Friday night. Because I'm that smart? No.
Because I'm not an absolute moron.
That's all it takes for a college football player to stay out of trouble the Friday night before a home game: Don't be an absolute moron.
The price tag for saving college football players from their absolute-moron-selves is in the $50,000 range per year, though the fiscal geniuses at N.C. State have found a way to spend close to double that in Raleigh.
It's financial insanity, but the Pac-10 is here to help. The Pac-10, bless its stingy little heart, has proposed legislation that would stop schools from putting their football team in a hotel the night before a home game. The NCAA's Division I legislative council will vote on the proposal in January. The proposal is so sensible, so obvious, that it's brilliant.
And of course other coaches in other conferences are furious.
Purdue's Danny Hope and Indiana's Bill Lynch are on record as saying they're against the Pac-10 proposal. So are most of the coaches in the ACC, although Florida State's Bobby Bowden is not. And good for him.
In Gainesville, meanwhile, the Gators are so enamored with their Friday night splurge that they're selling it to boosters. Which makes sense, in a perverted way. What better way to pay for such a ridiculous budget item than to have a ridiculous booster pay the bill? For a mere $5 million, a booster (and a guest!) can eat meals with the team and walk to the stadium with the team and, best of all, spend Friday night at "the team hotel to rest up for game day."
Sounds distracting to me, honestly. Put up the players in a hotel to get them away from distractions, but then let some jock-sniffing booster hang out with them at the team hotel. But for $5 million, distract away. Right?
On his ridiculously short ties: "Look, if I have to answer one more ***-damn question about the length of my ties I swear to God I'm going to go off on a m*****-f*****. Do you know who I am? I'm Jesse F****** Palmer, that's who. Shall I show you tape of my appearance on ABC's The Batchelor? I had ladies swooning for me, jerk. Lots of them. So unless you want me to wring your neck with one of these short ass ties when I run into you in the press box, I suggest you back off."Huh. That Palmer has one hell of a short fuse.*
Russell Wilson will write a weekly diary on Sporting News Today, the world¹s first digital daily sports newspaper. sportingnewstoday.comShouldn't this just be entitled "The Bible 2: Electric Boogaloo?"
... I hate preseason polls.
Just look at last year’s. It saw Auburn (5-7 final record) ranked No. 11 in the country, while their SEC West rival Ole Miss (9-4) didn’t receive a single vote from the coaches. Not one. I think even Boston University got a vote, and they cancelled their football program years ago.
Alabama wasn’t in the preseason top 25, and they were one game away from playing for a National Championship. The Tide’s Sugar Bowl opponent, Utah, wasn’t ranked, but ended 2008 as college football’s only undefeated team. Boise State went 12-1 but apparently wasn’t one of the best 25 teams in August. The same with Oregon State, a team that was this close to winning the Pac-10.
Yet somehow Tennessee (5-7), Arizona State (5-7) and Michigan (3-9) found themselves ranked before the season started.
So with those facts I present you NC State. Sure right now they’re getting about as much attention as the chubby kid with a lisp on prom night (ranked No. 38 in Rivals.com poll, got just seven votes in the Coaches Poll). But when the final polls are released in January, the Wolfpack will be the one’s getting the last laugh. To channel my inner George Foreman: “I guarenteeeeee it.”
2009-10 NC STATE SCHEDULECan't recall the last time I saw a schedule with the day, date and time all "TBA." In other words, we know they're playing Georgia State at SOME point between 11/5 and 11/20...good luck planning that one at the moment.
Day Date Team Time TV
Thur. 11/5 St. Paul’s College (Reynolds - Exh.) 7:00 pm
TBA TBA Georgia State TBA
Glenn Wilkes Classic - Daytona, Florida (Ocean Center Arena)
Fri. 11/20 Akron 3:30 pm
Sat. 11/21 Austin Peay 8:15 pm
Sun. 11/22 Auburn 8:15 pm
Sun. 11/29 New Orleans 2:00 pm
Tue. 12/1 Northwestern 7:00 pm ESPNU
Sat. 12/5 @ Marquette 3:00 pm
Sat. 12/12 Georgia Southern (Reynolds) 2:00 pm
Thur. 12/17 Elon 7:00 pm
Sun. 12/20 @ Wake Forest 7:45 pm FSN
Wed. 12/23 @ Arizona TBA
Tue. 12/29 Winthrop 7:00 pm
Thur. 12/31 @ UNC Greensboro TBA
Sun. 1/3 Florida 3:00 pm FSN
Wed. 1/6 Holy Cross 7:00 pm
Sat. 1/9 Virginia 12/1:30 pm FSN
Tue. 1/12 @ Florida State 7:00 pm RSN
Sat. 1/16 Clemson 12/1:30 pm FSN
Wed. 1/20 Duke 9:00 pm Raycom
Sat. 1/23 @ Maryland 5/6 pm ESPN2
Tue. 1/26 North Carolina 9:00 pm Raycom
Sat. 1/30 North Carolina Central 2:00 pm
Wed. 2/3 @ Virginia 7:00 pm ESPNU
Sat. 2/6 @ Georgia Tech 4:00 pm Raycom
Wed. 2/10 Virginia Tech 7:00 pm
Sat. 2/13 @ North Carolina 4:00 pm ESPN
Wed. 2/17 Maryland 9:00 pm RSN
Sat. 2/20 Wake Forest 2:00 pm Raycom
Sat. 2/27 @ Miami 4:00 pm Raycom
Wed. 3/3 @ Virginia Tech 7:00 pm
Sun. 3/7 Boston College 2:00 pm Raycom
3/11-14 ACC Tournament (@ Greensboro, N.C.)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina defensive coach Ellis Johnson says he expects suspended defensive end Clifton Geathers to miss the Gamecocks opener at North Carolina State.
Geathers was arrested Sunday by Columbia police and charged with public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest for his role in a fight. Geathers' booking photo showed his right eye swollen shut and a bandage just underneath. Johnson told multiple media outlets after Monday's practice that Geathers had a crack in the orbital bone and planned to visit a specialist to see if there's any muscle or nerve damage.
Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier indefinitely suspended Geathers after the arrest.
Regardless of Geathers' suspension status, Johnson says Geathers would need at least two weeks to recover and wouldn't play against the Wolfpack on Sept. 3.
CFB fans: Inside Edition asked for credentials for ESPN's N.C.State-South Carolina game on Sept. 3 (to cover Erin Andrews). IE turned down.Way to go, Annabelle Vaughn. Absolutely the right call, because the last thing State needs to be doing is endorsing the kind of TMZ, IE-fueled "sportsceleb" fluff journalism that seems to have evolved in the last half decade or so.
WE SAY: N.C. State will be in position to win the Atlantic Division until mid-November.I get what Ed is saying here, but if State has to rely on Russell going 17:1 TDs/INTs again in order to compete for the ACC title, then I'd say they're in trouble. A 17:1 ratio is simply unheard of and I would wager nearly impossible to replicate. I'll "settle" for something in the 5:1 or 6:1 range. That would equate to about 24 TDs against five or six picks, a better ratio than Philip Rivers' best season (2003) when he tossed 34 TDs and seven picks.
ESPN analyst ED CUNNINGHAM says: "I'm taking issue with the words until mid-November, which are probably used because of late road games against Florida State, Boston College and Virginia Tech. N.C. State will be in a position to win the Atlantic on November 28 at home against North Carolina. The Wolfpack were solid down the stretch in 2008 and have two good lines returning. They're good enough to compete with any ACC team if Russell Wilson can simply remain as turnover-resistant as he was in '08."
# If you could be invisible for a day who and what would you spy on, take, kidnap etc.about 2 hours ago from TwitterFonA whole host of his followers (all insane, also) have replied with their own ideas on what they would do if they were invisible. But the interesting ones come from Johnson himself with regards to the cures for AIDS and Cancer:
# If Esteban [NOTE: Chad refers to himself as Esteban] was invisible I'd steal the cure for Cancer and Aids, if we figured a way to the moon we have the cure for those diseases to.26 minutes ago from TwitterFonFor those trying to keep up, Chad is saying:
# @WhoisMAYA Listen, there's a cure for any and everything, trust me, they are controlling population, that's how I feel.14 minutes ago from TwitterFon in reply to WhoisMAYA
# @WhoisMAYA We are to smart as a country not to have figured out a cure for deadly diseases like aids and cancer, child please, they have it!13 minutes ago from TwitterFon in reply to WhoisMAYA
# @FARRAH1228 they got that shhhhhhhhhhhhh, I feel they controlling population, it might sound corny but we figure out everything else sh^%12 minutes ago from TwitterFon in reply to FARRAH1228
# and then Wilson takes advantage w/ another TD throw to SpencerIt's natural for there to be a pushback on new technology from time to time, especially when the perception is that it's geared toward schreeching teens and attention whores. But there's value in Twitter, and this is another instance of it.
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Earl Wolff with a nice INT!
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Russell Wilson throw to Darrell Davis into the endzone for a diving TD catch.
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Nice catch and run by Tony Baker
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Scrimmage 2 underway
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getting ready for scrimmage #2
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"At any institution, athletics is the window through which most people see the university. And certainly, the two sports most seen by people outside the university are football and basketball." -- Jim WoodwardThese were the words offered up in an interview seen below during Woodward's trip to football practice this week. Woodward watched practice, then took the time to speak to the players during a break in the action.
Two-time Canadian junior champion Mitch Sutton of London, Ont. catapulted himself into second after firing a 6-under par today. Sutton completed his second round and sits at 6-under for the championship.Richard Sykes...mining the courses north of the border for premiere golf talent!
Sutton, who will join Hill at North Carolina State University in the fall, was humble about his chances of pulling off the win this week.
“Winning will be a tough challenge with Hill and (Nick) Taylor in the field,” said Sutton. “I’ll going to keep playing my game, doing what I do, and we’ll see what happens."
9) North Carolina State basketball, 1989: Jim Valvano’s reach and influence on the game is well documented, but his greatest clothing accomplishment has become but a footnote in college basketball history. Under the sartorial guidance of the late coach, the Wolfpack unveiled a skin-tight unitard for the ‘89 season that was intended to make them more aerodynamic and cat-like. But then Chris Corchiani put one on, and the whole idea went to hell. We’ve juxtaposed the look against the outfit worn by Jeri Ryan in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to give you a better idea of what we’re talking about. And also, because it gives us an excuse to post a photo of Jeri Ryan.
N.C. State senior running back Toney Baker performed better during Sunday night’s scrimmage than at any time during spring practice, coach Tom O’Brien said Monday during his media day news conference.Some other notes via Tysiac:
Baker is returning after missing almost all of the last two seasons because of a knee injury.
“He ran (Sunday) night with a little bit of burst and a little bit of power that we hadn’t seen in the spring,” O’Brien said.
O'Brien said Irving is scheduled to meet a doctor to look at the progress of his leg, which was injured in a car accident earlier this year.
O'Brien couldn't say if Irving would return this season. He said Irving had reported Sunday and was walking around but he didn't know more than that.
...Nice work, Sharon. Believe me...we all feel the same way.
When State would play its arch rival, Carolina, I was excited the whole day at school; not even a math test could bring me down. I still remember the theme song that played during the game broadcasts, with Jim Thacker and Billy Packer doing the play-by-play. During my junior high years, I was lucky enough to attend many basketball games and sit in great seats courtside because one of my sisters had a good friend who dated the athletic director’s son. And this friend knew I was a huge State fan and invited me to attend with her (thank you Brenda!).
As I sat in the coliseum second-level seats the other day, I gazed down on those courtside seats and suddenly, it was like I was 13 again. I heard the N.C. State fan song in my mind and smelled the popcorn that used to permeate throughout the building on game night. I realized that I missed Reynolds Coliseum.
|#||2009 - Seniors||2010 - Juniors||2011 - Sophomores||2012 - Freshmen||2012/2013 - Incoming Freshmen|
|QB||3 (3)||R. Wilson (RS)||M. Glennon (RS)||E. Proctor|
|RB||7 (7)||T. Baker (RS)|
J. Eugene (RS)
|C. Underwood||T. Gentry FB (WO)|
T. Palmer (JC)
|B. Barnes (RS)|
C. Jackson FB (RS)
|J. Washington (E)|
|WR||9 (11)||D. Bowens (RS)|
D. Davis (RS)
O. Spencer (P,E)
J. Williams (RS)
S. Howard (RS)
J. Smith (RS)
|TE||5 (4)||M. Kushner (RS)||G. Bryan (RS)||M. Carter (RS)||A. Talbert|
|OL||16 (15)||A. Barbee (RS)|
T. Larsen (RS)
J. McCuller (RS)
J. Williams (RS)
|G. Gregory (RS)|
J. Vermiglio (P)
|W. Crawford (RS)|
H. Lawson (RS)
D. Roberts (RS)
|Z. Allen (RS)|
R.J. Mattes (RS)
A. Wallace (RS)
S. Jones (P,D,E)
|DT||5 (6)||L. Burgess (JC)|
A.M. Cash (RS)
|N. Mageo (JC,E)||J.R. Sweezy (RS)||B. Slay|
|DE||8 (6)||S. McKeen (RS) (JC)|
W. Young (RS)
|A. Augustin (RS)|
M. Kuhn (DE/DT?)
|J. Rieskamp (RS)||D. Cato-Bishop|
|LB||10 (10)||R. Michel (RS)||N. Irving (RS)||A. Cole (RS)|
D. Maddox (E)
R. Mangram (JC)
|W. Beasley (RS)|
T. Manning (RS)
|CB||7 (6)||K. George (RS) (WO)||D. Morgan (RS)||G. Grant (RS)|
C.J. Wilson (RS)
|S||6 (7)||C. Johnson (JC)||J. Walker (RS)||J. Byers (RS)||E. Wolff (RS)||B. Bishop|
D. Coleman (P,E)
|ST||4 (2)||J. Ruiz (RS) (JC)|
C. Tedder (WO)
|J. Czajkowski (RS)||C. Ward|
|Tot||79 (77)||16||14||15 (17)||12||22|