Good morning! Hope your weekend was nice. An awful lot is going on in Raleigh right now with the ****storm that brewing and creating heat on Chancellor statusquOblinger and the results of his (lack of) leadership from Holladay Hall. You can use Fridayâ€™s entry announcing the resignation of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees as your home base for that discussion for the time being; but, please recognize that there will be a lot more coming on these topics. Some of the comments and perspectives in that entry are fantastic.
The following are some topics and tidbits for today:
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- Football: We linked here to a little national love over the weekend, but Heather Dinich has gone deeper with her post-spring analysis of the NC State football. Nothing particularly major in there. One item of interest synced with our comments from our ACC Sports Journal Q&A a couple of weeks ago. In the Q&A we defined the keys to the 2009 football season as the following:
The key challenges/items to watch for the season as follows:
Secondary – Talent and depth.
Defensive line – Depth and experience.
Offensive line – The improving talent level of this position is very young and inexperienced; will the young talent help elevate the line play?
Linebacker â€“ Young talent that is generally inexperienced and may be pressured if we struggle at the defensive tackle position.
Kicking game â€“ New punter & a kicker who has been working on his range.
- So, we were very pleased to see the following in Dinichâ€™s comments:
3. Going the distance. Placekicker Josh Czajkowski could be a difference-maker this fall. He was accurate last year (16 of 19 field goals and 33 of 34 PATs), but improved his distance this spring. Czajkowki made a 52-yarder in one of the scrimmages.
- Our weekend open thread focused on some of the athletics events of the weekend. The Wolfpackâ€™s golf and baseball seasons are now officially over and our march towards another last place finish in the Directorâ€™s Cup (amongst ACC institutions) continues. If you are a big baseball fan, then you can view the ACC Tournament pairings by clicking here.
- On the positive front, congratulations are most definitely in order for Matt Hill.
Sophomore Matt Hill continued his winning ways, as he earned medalist honors at the 2009 NCAA Regional Championships, and has advanced to the 2009 NCAA Championships. Hill won his ACC record seventh tournament of the school year, and the sixth in the last seven tournaments overall.
Hill becomes the first golfer since Tim Clark did so in both 1996 and 1997 to win individual medallist honors at the NCAA Regionals. They are the only two Pack golfers to claim such honors as well.
- The Carolina Hurricanes open the Conference Finals tonight in Pittsburgh against the Penguins. We will do a better job of following the Canes than we have been doing. Here is a link for the morning of Game One.
- Tip of the hat to The Wiz for highlighting the following news E:60 report on sports gambling. (Link to their article)
You can build a roller coaster anywhere; but, eventually they are going to want to go to DisneyLand.