Brandon Ingram Update

According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello’s Twitter feed, Brandon Ingram told ESPN that Duke was in home for a visit this morning.  Up next is Kansas tomorrow, followed by NC State on Monday, and UNC on Wednesday.  No mention of Kentucky, and UCLA is trying to get something set up.

With all three Triangle teams in hot pursuit of Brandon, and with this recruitment going back a few years now, this is a decision that all of us should be excited for.  No word on when said decision will be made yet.

Attrition Galore

This year there are quite a few early departures for the NBA draft.  Hit the jump to see a current list of players who have declared.  Who should have stayed?  Who else should have gone?  How does this change the landscape for next season? Continue reading Attrition Galore

Monday Linkage

So it has been a little while since I have had time to blog….  ok, a little while is a bit of a stretch.  I have been more absent than Shawn Kemp at his kid’s birthday party (take your pick, I hear he has a few kids…).  Life happens, and bills need to be paid, so blogging takes the back seat.  Ok.  Back seat is also a stretch.  It is more like blogging was put in cold storage next to Walt Disney’s frozen head.

That said, here are some things that have caught my eye over the weekend.

NC State football, um, struggled to beat Richmond.  Give credit to the defense, who completely shut the Spiders down in the second half.  I did not get to see the game as I was busy at a dinner party (Mexican food, beer, and four year olds make for an interesting evening…).

UNC, meanwhile, rolled over Middle Tennessee.  This, despite making one of the dumbest mistakes I have ever heard of when they elected to kick off to start the game after Middle Tennessee won the toss and deferred to receive the ball to start the second half.  I have never heard of this happening in the history of, well, ever.

Sometimes kids do things that surprise you.  Sometimes in a really positive way, as four players from the William Paterson University football team showed us that, like one of them said, “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover.”

The U beat Florida, giving the ACC wins in two marquee match-ups against the vaunted SEC.

Mark Gottfried continues to recruit well for NC State, picking up solid PF recruit and moving all the way to #5 on the ESPN class rankings (UNC is ranked #1, and Louisville is #4).

Dennis Rodman wants to be the ambassador to North Korea.  Okay, he does not say that, but he is kind of acting like it, and quite honestly I fail to see how this is a negative thing.  He wants to promote basketball there while helping to rebuild, er, build a relationship between the US and North Korea.  Why the hell not?

That is all for now, folks.  Check back in six months for the next update…

First Coaches Poll of the Basketball Season

The First USA Today Coaches Poll for the college basketball season is out.  You’ll notice the link is to an ESPN version.  This is because the USA Today page is turrible.  Hit the jump for details. Continue reading First Coaches Poll of the Basketball Season

Is The Pack Really Back?

Is NC State basketball really back?  No one can say for certain, yet, but it sure is looking like it.  More after the jump. Continue reading Is The Pack Really Back?

Rodney Purvis Cleared To Play

To quote Lebron James…. “It’s about damn time”

Rodney Purvis is a model student. This kid has done everything right along the way. Purvis’ own mother has been in constant contact with the NCAA, once joking that she has them on speed dial. The only knock on this guy is that he committed to Louisville, and then changed his mind.

Until the NCAA decided a few months ago to put the kid’s future in limbo. Purvis has gone to Upper Room Christian Academy since the fifth grade. The NCAA has a standard procedure to vet any and all athletes from a school’s first graduating class, however, and you guessed it. Mr. Purvis was in said class.

The problem here, however, is that the NCAA did not just find out about Upper Room, or Rodney Purvis. As previously stated, Rodney’s own mother is known by the NCAA for her efforts to make sure that everything Rodney does is legit and legal. The NCAA, however, did not get the ball rolling early, and caused Rodney to not only miss the teams trip to Spain this Summer, but also to miss the first week of classes.

Today, however, they finally did what they should have months ago, and cleared Rodney to play basketball at NC State. That huge sigh of relief is NC State fans all over, as everyone expected the NCAA to pull some “NC State Shit” and declare him ineligible overall.

Thankfully, the NCAA got one right. Congratulations Rodney, as well as to Coach Gottfried and Wolfpack Nation.

Monday Morning Fodder – February 13, 2012

It was a pretty blah sports weekend from my seat, but there are still some things to discuss.  Hit the jump for a few talking points. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder — February 13, 2012

Battleground: North Carolina

It’s the middle of basketball season, but the future of all ACC football programs will be shaped in part this week as National Signing Day for college football approaches on Wednesday.

Rivals.com has an interesting breakdown of battleground states and the winners in those states.  Of our home state, North Carolina, they say the following:

The Combatants: North Carolina, N.C. State, many others

The Winner: Florida

With five D-I programs battling for the top talent in the state, it is amazing that the top eight players in North Carolina will be heading across the border, including the top two – five-stars D.J. Humphries and Jonathan Bullard – to Florida. North Carolina had to deal with the introduction of a new coach, Larry Fedora, late in the process, which is never a benefit to recruiting. Even with the coaching transition, the Tar Heels did win the biggest in-state battle of the year earlier this week by flipping four-star quarterback James Summers from NC State. However, overall this has been an extremely disappointing in-state recruiting season for every program in the state. With the remaining uncommitted prospects, the top battles will likely take place for three-star running back Jela Duncan and three-star defensive end Keilin Rayner. Duncan is likely down to East Carolina and Duke, while Rayner had been down to North Carolina and Duke, until recent interest from Ohio State muddled the situation. UNC gets the edge here with Summers and fellow four-star J.J. Patterson but Florida, Georgia and Clemson are the real winners here with commitments from six of the top eight players.

It’s no real surprise that the SEC has it’s hooks firmly entrenched in the state.  They recruit nationally and North Carolina is right there adjacent to the SEC’s footprint.  It’s also no real surprise that the fortunes of the ACC in football are largely tied to the North Carolina schools which make up a third of the membership (for now).  Duke & Wake operate in a completely different space than the state universities, but North Carolina and NC State need to start fending off the vultures and keep major talent in state to see their fortunes rise.

The good news is that a recently implemented rule in the SEC against over-signing could help the entire ACC, not just the NC schools, keep some talented players from migrating to the SEC and ostensibly raise the fortunes, and perception, of the ACC.

 

House Divided.

This is just too funny. In the highly contested world of college recruiting, is it right to make your Mom mad at you?  Landon Collins, a top rated safety from New Orleans, LA, narrowed his college choices to LSU and Alabama. He made his announcement on ESPN during the Under Armour All-AmericanFootball game. Much to the chagrin of his mother sitting next to him, he chose Alabama.  Mom is clearly pissed and even drops a “LSU number 1!” and “Go Tigers” right after her son just chose Bama.

I wouldn’t be surprised if  in a few weeks we hear that Landon suddenly has a “change of heart” and goes to LSU.

Duke Makes Costly Spelling Mistake

It hit Twitter yesterday that UNC-CH recruit P.J. Hairston was constantly disrespected by Duke while the Devils were recruiting him.  Apparently they kept sending him correspondence and misspelling his name.  Heh?  Are you kidding me?  When did Lee Fowler start working at Duke?

“The thing about Duke was, every time they sent me a letter, they wouldn’t spell my name right,” Hairston said. “They would have ‘T.J. Harrison’ or something like that. And I’m like, ‘OK. How can I go here? You can’t even spell my name right.’ It’s only two letters and HAIR and STON. I’m trying to figure out how that’s so hard.”

Granted, he did go on to say that there were other reasons he did not go to Duke.  Harrelson said that he does not feel like he is “a Duke-type player” because they have a “crazy system” that comes off to him as “mechanical.”  While I’m not sure why TJ thinks that, here at TSB we will respect his opinion and wish him the best at UNC-CH.

The question is which school’s student section will have tons of misspelled signs when the two teams meet, if not both of them.