August 7, 2011
NC STATE FOOTBALL
JP Giglio (N&O)
ACC’s Atlantic Division has plenty to prove
Everyone’s a winner in July.
The unproven quarterback will be the Next Big Thing, the young offensive linemen will mesh by Columbus Day and the only way your team could possibly lose is to the No. 1 team in the country … on the road … in triple overtime … due to a horrendous officiating error. Despite that epic loss, your team will rebound to win the rest of its games and ride off into the BCS sunset.
Tim Hall (WRALSportsFan.com)
Jerricho Cotchery wanted out
“He feels disrespected by the moves from the past two years, with the trades and being relegated to the third receiver,” a player close to Cotchery said. “He wants a fresh start. I don’t blame him one bit.”
That’s a quote from Rich Cimini’s story for ESPNNewYork.com about the Jets’ move to cut former N.C. State wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery.
Rich Cimini (ESPNNewYork.com)
Jerricho Cotchery wanted Jets release?
Ryan declined to provide any specifics, except to say he tried to change Cotchery’s mind. This had been building for several months. Cotchery, unhappy with his role as the No. 3 receiver, approached the organization after last season and asked to be traded, sources said.
The final straw apparently was the Plaxico Burress signing, which happened last Sunday. At that point, the Jets gave Cotchery’s agent permission to speak to teams about a potential trade, a league source said.
Ken Tysiac (N&O)
What went wrong with compliance at UNC
Thirteen months after NCAA investigators first visited the University of North Carolina campus, the school is in turmoil.
The investigation into impermissible benefits and academic misconduct has led to allegations of nine major NCAA violations plus revelations that fewer than a dozen players incurred hundreds of parking tickets as well as a failure by the school’s honor court to identify plagiarism in a football player’s term paper. UNC officials missed some opportunities to catch some of these problems, and now are dealing with a fractured campus community. The dismissal of football coach Butch Davis on July 27 has divided UNC supporters, with some criticizing chancellor Holden Thorp for the decision, others for the timing of the firing nine days before the start of preseason practice.
T. KEUNG HUI (N&O)
UNC-CH athletic tutoring praised by panel
A University of North Carolina system task force that is recommending greater oversight over athletic programs has praise for UNC-Chapel Hill’s embattled academic support program.
The program has come under scrutiny after the university acknowledged that some football players had gotten improper academic help from a tutor. The tutors come under the academic support program.
A report from the UNC Task Force on Athletics and Academics identifies the UNC-CH academic support program as one of “several effective practices at UNC Institutions.” The report, released to the media Friday in advance of a UNC Board of Governors meeting next week, points to the processes for hiring, training and supervising academic support personnel at UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State and UNC Charlotte.