August 10, 2011
NC STATE FOOTBALL
JP Giglio (N&O)
Players start nonprofit chapter
Wayne Crawford graduated from N.C. State in May and could have coasted through his final college football season.
The Wolfpack’s backup center wanted to do more, though, not less. So Crawford, along with quarterback Mike Glennon and receiver T.J. Graham, started a chapter of Uplifting Athletes, a nonprofit agency that works with college football players to raise money to fight rare diseases.
Sammy Batten (Fayetteville Observer)
College Football Recruiting: Coach gives N.C. State another star
The last time Kevin Wilson sent a player to N.C. State he turned out to be the No. 1 pick in the National Football League draft.
Wilson’s latest contribution to the Wolfpack is no Mario Williams, but he certainly has star potential.
Defensive tackle K’Hadree Hooker, who plays for Wilson at South Lenoir High School near Kinston, became the latest addition to N.C. State’s recruiting Class of 2012 Friday. Hooker chose the Wolfpack over Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. Those schools had offered scholarships along with Arkansas, Auburn, Duke, East Carolina, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
Akula Wolf (BackingthePack.com)
SirChauncey And The Sun Blocker — A Glance At Liberty’s Impact Players
Which teammate has the funniest nickname and how’d he get it?
The team-mate who has the funniest nickname would have to be Sirchauncey Hollaway, in which we call “Gutta”. And no one gave him that nickname. He just called himself that so much that we just starting calling him that as well. He’s from this small town in Florida called plant city where they grow strawberry’s at, so I don’t know how her came up with this name.
A couple things here. Number one, you can’t give yourself a nickname. It doesn’t work that way. It shouldn’t be put up with under any circumstances and should be especially poo-pooed within the context of organized sports, which rely on nicknames for camaraderie and all forms of spoken communication.
Secondly, the guy’s name is SirChauncey–you have great material that’s been put on a platter for you. That pretty much is a nickname. You’re 90% there without having to do anything. There’s got to be a Chaucer or a knight or a crusader avenue that contains endless possibilities. “Gutta” — this is nothing but wasted opportunity and should be discarded. It’s like looking right past the gift present in the name “Dick Trickle” and calling the former driver “The Accelerator” or something similar. Just an inexcusable waste.
Andrew Jones (FoxSportsCarolinas.com)
ACC Rankings: Wide Receiver
10 – N.C. State – For now, the Wolfpack finds itself down here simply because it has no real proven receiver on the roster. T.J. Graham has corralled in 53 balls in his career, but he’s also underachieved. Seldom-used seniors and enticing youngins sill dot the depth chart. Remember this name, though: Tobias Palmer.
NC STATE BASKETBALL
Lou Pascucci (PackInsider.com)
Torian Graham’s Decommitment: What does it mean for NC State?
According to Graham the decommitment was due to the fact that he felt he rushed his decision and wanted to be recruited by more schools. Funny, because it was only a few weeks ago that Graham told us he was 100% happy with his decision and couldn’t wait to don the Wolfpack red. Graham also said yesterday that while NC State is still in the mix, Kentucky has become his new favorite.
So what really happened between Graham and the Wolfpack?
Steven Lassan and Mitch Light (Athlonsports.com)
Who Will Coach North Carolina in 2012?
It’s really no surprise North Carolina decided to end Butch Davis’ tenure. However, the timing of his firing was odd. With the 2011 season just a month away, the Tar Heels are scrambling and enter the year with a lot of uncertainty.
Although North Carolina’s last season of double-digit wins came in 1997, this is still a top five job in the ACC. There’s really no natural replacement that jumps to mind in Chapel Hill, but Athlon has 15 names to watch and some wildcards in the coaching search for 2012.
Adam Powell (TarHeelIllustrated.com)
Fox weighs in on UNC situation
Fox says that he hasn’t had to do a whole lot of defending of UNC to outsiders, and he believes that its just a matter of time before the University moves forward with its reputation fully intact.
“I haven’t had to speak to that too much (having to defend UNC), thank goodness,” he said. “I don’t feel that I have to defend the University of North Carolina. I don’t know that our reputation has ever been at stake. I just think this is something that could happen on any campus, and we will move past it. I think we will be better off because of it.”
“It’s just happened to us, and it’s shocking because UNC has been the leader in being able to balance athletics and academics in such a positive and great way—we’ve been one of the leaders—but it’s happened to us and we have to deal with it and we’ll be better off for it, I think,” Fox continued.
UNC Football Polling (Public Policy Polling)
-UNC fans think that Butch Davis did a good job as coach, but they still support his firing. There’s no doubt that Davis got the team headed in the right direction on the field after the dark days of the Carl Torbush and John Bunting years and Tar Heel partisans appreciate him for it. 41% approve of the job he did as coach to only 21% disapproving, with 39% not taking a side. Those describing themselves as ‘hardcore’ UNC fans are particularly supportive of the job Davis did with 65% approving and only 19% disapproving.
Despite the on field success though 36% of fans support Davis’ firing with 27% opposed and 37% having no opinion. UNC alumni are particularly supportive of the decision, agreeing with it by a 50/32 margin. There is a significant divide though based on respondents’ level of fandom. Those describing themselves as ‘hardcore’ fans disagree with Davis’ firing by a 44/40 margin. They only account for 22% of the fan base though and those describing themselves as moderately big UNC fans (42/27) and casual ones (26/18) both support the firing.
Aaron Schoonmaker (WRALSportsFan.com)
Rules, enforcement on Chancellor Thorp’s agenda at retreat
Wednesday’s meetings will address continued expectations for student-athlete academic success including initial eligibility standards, academic fraud and other topics as well as institution accountability and integrity.
All three areas of discussion are of particular interest to Thorp. UNC is one of a handful of universities across the country at the Division I level that has come under recent investigation by the NCAA. Allegations of against the UNC football program include academic improprieties, agent dealings and illegal benefits. Thorp and other representatives of UNC will be back in Indianapolis again on Oct. 28 for a hearing on the allegations.
One of the things that Thorp wants to address while at the retreat is how the NCAA handles enforcement after violations are found.
“Obviously that’s something that we’ve been experiencing in Chapel Hill. Are there ways we can do that better?” Thorp said. “There’s been a lot of discussion about the collegiate model. Could we do something that could help the student-athlete have a more normal college life?
“And then just the rulebook in general, the NCAA has got a pretty extensive rulebook,” Thorp continued. “And, you know, it’s hard. You know there are people coming in to get all those rules straight.”
MICHAEL MAROT ( AP Sports Writer)
NCAA calls for new scholarship rules at retreat
NCAA President Mark Emmert wants to cash in on the appetite for change that has been sweeping through major college athletics.
He believes scholarship funding should include more money for athletes. He expects universities to spend revenue more efficiently. He’s even willing to shrink the NCAA’s rule book.
And he contends all of it should be done now.
“There is a clear commitment on my part and on behalf of all of the presidents that we convert these conversations into action and we do so rapidly,” Emmert said Tuesday, after the first day of a two-day presidential retreat. “People are really in the mood to make changes, and I think that’s what you’re going to see. We want to do things thoughtfully. But doing them thoughtfully doesn’t mean that they cannot be done rapidly, and doing them rapidly doesn’t mean they can’t be done thoughtfully.”