Dabo Wins Bobby Dodd Award

Wow.  Dabo Swinney was just named the Bobby Dodd Coach of the YearHeather Dinich has a good piece up at ESPN bringing to light some of Swinney’s accomplishments this year.  When you look at these together, it helps explain why he was the unanimous winner of the natty in coaching.

  • Clemson’s first 10 win season in 21 years (1988 under Danny Ford, who is the last Clemson coach to win the Bobby Dodd in 1981 when Clemson went 12 – 0 and won the mythical natty.
  • First ACC title in 20 years (1991 under Ken Hatfield)

Clemson, which has been basically all hype, no substance the past two decades is due for a comeupance.  If they can beat west Virginia in the Orange Bowl they should practically feel the boost in recruiting.  Clemson becoming a force again would be perfect timing for the ACC, and great for college football in general.  Congrats to Coach Swinney, now go get a W in your meaningless football game, the ACC needs some wins.

Ranking the FBS

I know that most who frequent this space have long moved on to basketball, but I saw an interesting post over on Pre-Snap Read ranking all 120 FBS schools so far this season.  With only a handful of games yet to play, this is probably as close as it’ll get to a final assessment of the programs.

This is interesting, mostly because I can’t imagine taking the time to independently rank all 120 FBS programs (what’s the point?), but also because it gives an nice broad view of ACC & local FBS teams… I’ve extracted their rankings below:

5. Virginia Tech (11-1, 7-1)
21. Clemson (9-3, 6-2)
24. Florida State (8-4, 5-3)
29. Virginia (8-4, 5-3)
30. Georgia Tech (8-4, 5-3)
48. Wake Forest (6-6, 5-3)
49. N.C. State (7-5, 4-4)
53. Miami (Fla.) (6-6, 3-5)
56. North Carolina (7-5, 3-5)
84. East Carolina (5-7, 4-4)
89. Boston College (4-8, 3-5)
101. Duke (3-9, 1-7)
104. Maryland (2-10, 1-7)

A few questions, if I may?

Is Wake really the best team in the state in 2011? (zomg, state champs?!)

Is Duke really not the worst team in the ACC in 2011?

Is the Big East really going to dig down to the 84th best team in 2011 to bolster their membership? (can you say, bye-bye BCS AQ status?)

Assessment:

The ACC isn’t very good at football.  But the good news is they’re not as bad as they seem, just about a half dozen OOC wins away from stepping up their national perception.  The rest of the good news is that most of the conference is trending up or treading water, so it might be on the cusp of legitimacy… right before Pitt & Syracuse come in to drag it down again, le sigh.

Mike London Faces

Yo, Seth Greenberg thinks Mike London is too expressive on the sidelines, you guys.

 

This weekend produced lots of great stuff:

– Virginia Tech rolls into Charlotte, while Clemson limps in

– NC State wakes up in the 2nd half and embarrasses Maryland

UNC beat Duke in the only college rivalry where the football game is seen on TV by fewer people than when they match-up in basketball

– Finally, we appear to be set for an LSU / Bama rematch in the BCS Championship

 

Discuss, suckas!

North Carolina “State Champs”

In the Triangle, there’s often some discussion about the best team in the state… or other times, claims by a certain cross-armed Major that his team is “State Champions” have been lobbied about.

However, for the second year in a row, a team from out of state has managed to post a 5-0 record against teams from the state of North Carolina… The Virginia Tech Hokies!

Continue reading North Carolina “State Champs”

Notorious TOB

Mentioned yesterday, here is the greatest hits from the Notorious TOB.

This weekend.

Big question is will Clemson go “Clemson” this weekend and State keep their bowl hopes alive?

If Virginia wins out, they will be in the ACC Championship Game. Really…whoulda thunk.

Wake Forest tries to become bowl eligible against Maryland.

ACC Football Coaches salaries. Withers wont be on the list next year.

 

 

 

NC State Continues To Own UNC-CH

The NC State Wolfpack defeated the UNC-CH Tarheels by a score of 13 – 0 at Carter Finley Stadium on Saturday.  The score does not depict how badly the Tarheels were over-matched by their neighbors in West Raleigh, however.  This was the first time that the Pack has shutout the Heels since 1960.

The best stat I have seen from this game is that with something like five minutes to go in the second, State had more points (10) than the Heels had total yards (9).  State basically ran the clock out the entire second half, and in doing so won its fifth straight time against their non-rivals.  The flagship could only muster three total rushing yards the entire game, to go along with a paltry 162 passing yards.  The Pack’s offense did not fare that much better, throwing for only 164 yards and gaining just 290 total yards.

It was a defensive fare to say the least, and it will be interesting to watch these two squads finish out the season.  NC State still needs two more wins to become bowl eligible, while UNC-CH has already achieved that status.  While I previously said that State does not deserve to go to a bowl game, it looks likely that they could make it to one with just BC, Clemson and Maryland standing in the way.

The bad news for Wolfpack fans is that there is no love lost between BC and State, nor is there between the Pack and the Turtles.  Oh, and Clemson is pretty damned good too.  So if State does indeed win two of their last three, I will have no issues with them going to a bowl game, or with Tom O’Brien keeping his job.  If they do not make a bowl game, however, that 5 – 0 record against the USS-Tarheels will not be enough to save him.

Another great thing about this game, from a Wolfpack perspective, is that now even redshirt Seniors at UNC-CH have no idea what it feels like to beat NC State in football.

Box score is here.

TOB Adds Some Jet Fuel

Well that did not take long.  NC State’s Tom O’Brien fired back at Everett Withers after practice today:

As far as the flagship, here was a guy (Withers) who was on a football staff that ends up in Indianapolis.” He went on to say, “You have an agent on staff, you are paying players & you have academic fraud. That’s a triple play.

More on the academics:

At our school, number one, all classes have a syllabus. Our guys go to school, they are not given grades, and they graduate.

It should be noted that real graduation rates for the TOB era at NC State are not available, as he is in his 5th year at the school.

Quotes taken from WRAL Sports Fan, which also has the audio of both the Withers and TOB rants.

Withers Throws A Log On the Fire

Everett “Freaking” Withers.  Someone better check his medications, because something is not right when less than a week removed from having your AD in front of the NCAA defending your program’s infractions that involve academics, you probably should not be spouting off about your rival’s academics.  Just saying.

Withers was on with our man Joe Ovies at 99theFan and said this:

When you have as many schools in this state as we have, and the recruiting base gets watered down a bit, I think the kids in this state need to know the flagship school in this state,” Withers said.

“They need to know it academically. If you look at our graduation rates, as opposed to our opponent’s this week, graduation rates for athletics, for football, you’ll see a difference. … If you look at the educational environment here, I think you’ll see a difference.

Slow down, big guy.  It might not be the best idea to give a team that was brutally embarrassed last weekend more bulletin board material heading into what is already their most circled date on the calendar.  Withers went on to question why NC State would be more motivated to play them than they are to play anyone else.  Hey, Coach, look inside your own mouth and you will see some reasons for that extra motivation.
I am not here to defend NC State’s academics, but last time I checked they did not have tutors writing papers for players, or players blatantly copy and pasting off the Googles and the Internets and passing it off as their own work.  Need I even mention that NC State is not the University that had its own “honor court” miss this in their “review”?  If I am a UNC-CH coach, I am not mentioning academics right now.  Period.

Texas A&M Officially Puts Us ON NOTICE!

 

The speculation of the late summer has finally ended, Texas A&M has notified the Big 12 it will be leaving the conference in June:

“After much thought and consideration, and pursuant to the action of the (Texas A&M University System) Board of Regents authorizing me to take action related to Texas A&M University’s athletic conference alignment, I have determined it is in the best interest of Texas A&M to make application to join another athletic conference,” President R. Bowen Loftin wrote to Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe in the letter dated August 31, 2011.

So what is this mystery conference that will be aTm’s ultimate destination?!  Well, of course the flirtation all along has been with the SEC and that is where the Aggies are expected to land.  Like an honorable southern gentleman, it’s been reported that the SEC advised aTm to “get divorced” before they came a’callin’ on the SEC’s doorstep.

While today’s news is nothing more than a formalization of what was expected to happen all along, it moves us one step farther down the line towards conference realign-mageddon.  Where is the SEC going to look for #14 and beyond?  The latest scuttlebutt has Missouri, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and North Carolina as logical targets for the SEC to go after.  However, I think what we all learned with ACC expansion is that what may seem logical to some makes almost no sense at all (BC, anyone?).

Hokies AD Jim Weaver had originally said that if the SEC expressed interest, VT would politely decline, but now there are rumblings that may not be the case after all.  The VT fanbase seems to be quite split on the issue, with many of the younger generation of fans wondering why VT hasn’t made aTm like overtures at the SEC already… while the older generation, who are aware of the depths from which VT football has climbed, wants nothing more than to remain where they are (provided the ACC is stable and healthy.)

Forget VT for a moment, what about Maryland?  What about UNC?!  Would those founding members bolt the ACC if the SEC came calling?  How would any of the ACC schools leaving for the SEC affect the positions of the ones who were left behind?  Does VT become aggressive about leaving if Maryland, UNC, or FSU take off first?  How does the Miami situation affect the stability and health of the ACC?

Wow, so many questions with so many possible fascinating answers.

All we know for now is to hold on tight, because Texas A&M has put us all ON NOTICE!

 

UPDATE: Veteran Daily Press sportswriter David Teel just tweeted:

POPPYCOCK!?  Yes, POPPYCOCK!!