August 16, 2011
NC STATE FOOTBALL
Ryan Tice (TheWolfpacker.com)
Mon. practice report: O’Brien talks individuals
How’s the precision of the offensive line?
It’s better now. It was good, [Duran] Christophe went down and it got bad. It’s starting to get better. You only get better when you get cohesion. I think they took a little bit of beating the last scrimmage but they won’t get the same opportunity to run the ball – we ran the ball better last scrimmage. They’re going to have to run those balls Saturday against a stacked defense, trying to get the ball back with a lot of people so we’ll see how they do then.
At Boston College, you had a reputation for building those big offensive guys. Is it harder to get those linemen down here or did it take longer than most people realize to build those lines up there?
I think it took a while. I say all the time, people always remember the last five years, not the first five years that I was there. It takes a while. I think the biggest thing right now is, over the past couple years, we lost [Denzelle] Good, Sam Jones and we lost [Torian] Box this year. You keep losing guys like that and that sets you back, it’s tough to replace those kind of guys when you go forward. Hence, when we got here, we had to start signing [Junior College] guys and things like that to fill in. We’re still getting the development going but I think we’re on track. Certainly, there are some guys up front right now that have a chance to make an NFL football team if they continue to work at it.
Opening STATEment: Episode 6
The weekend offered a brief rest period for the sore muscles the Wolfpack may have developed over the first two weeks of practice, as Saturday marked this season’s media day, Meet the Pack Day, and team photo session. Players arrived Saturday morning and suited up for a marathon photo shoot that included individual shots, the 2011 team picture, and photos of virtually every other relevant combination of players that NC State media relations could dream up (seniors, position units, players from North Carolina, etc.).
Media day quickly followed, as the press stockpiled sound bites and footage to fill newscasts in the upcoming weeks.
After lunch, the Pack headed out to the stadium concourse for Meet the Pack Day, signing autographs and mingling with their loyal fan base in what has become a cherished tradition for many of the players. In this episode’s video feature, Opening STATEment follows Dean Haynes through this rigorous, but rewarding, day.
FORMER STATE PLAYERS
NC STATE BASEBALL
J. MIKE BLAKE (N&O)
Rodon won’t sign with Brewers
The North Carolina high school baseball player of the year will be matriculating to N.C. State.
Left-hander Carlos Rodon, who led Holly Springs to the state 4A title last season, will not sign with the Milwaukee Brewers, according to his mother Julie Rodon.
BARRY JACKSON (MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS)
NCAA eyes Miami over alleged gifts and favors
Perez said Shapiro has given the NCAA the names of “well over a dozen but less than 100″ former football players who accepted his gifts.
Shapiro, during interviews with The Miami Herald in 2010, mentioned Devin Hester, Randy Phillips, Jon Beason, Antrel Rolle and Kyle Wright among former players he had close relationships with. He also spoke of being close with Clint Hurtt, Miami’s former recruiting coordinator who left after the 2009 season to take a job at Louisville. Shapiro has said he took players to dinner and bought them gifts.
When Shapiro presented his allegations to The Miami Herald in August 2010, he was asked if he had evidence to support them. He said he could provide pictures of players at his home and other photographs that would suggest he was paying for their gifts and services, but did not offer any financial records to corroborate his claims
But Perez, asked Monday if Shapiro has evidence to support his allegations, said, “Absolutely. He has different photos, phone records, credit card statements and bills.”
Perez said she has given evidence to the NCAA but declined to elaborate. “They asked for proof, but I can’t say what I sent them,” she said. “But they obtained a lot of documentation.”
Jim Young (ACCSportsJournal)
Swofford, ACC, Quietly Studied 14- and 16-Team Models Last Year
What do you mean by the culture and family? Many coaches say their program is a family, but few coaches actually achieve that closeness.
In our league, when we talk about that tradition of a family culture, it starts with relationships within the league among the ADs, among the presidents and the faculty representatives, among the coaches. It has to do with a respect for each other, a general level of trust, a belief that the fundamental value system is the same from one school to the next, a buy-in to the academic-athletic balance of this league and a willingness and ability to make decisions that are in the collective best interest in the long run, as opposed to individual institutional best interests in the short run.
I think we maintain that extraordinarily well.
Is that reflected in the fact that there are very few ACC schools that go on probation, which would be a different standard but a related standard?
It is, and that has to do with the integrity of the programs. I think this league has been built on a tripod, if you will, of athletics, academics and overall integrity.
There are bumps in the road, there have been bumps in the road, there probably will be bumps in the road. Any time you do something that is at the human level this is at, and the interest level, you’re going to have people that periodically make some mistakes or do some things that you’d rather they not do or make mistakes you’d rather they not make.
But when you look at this league from a relative standpoint over the last decade, or over the last 15 years, we’ve had far fewer NCAA major violations than any other conference. It’s not even close. And that’s the way we’d like to keep it. That’s what our schools expect of each other. When there is a problem, there’s an expectation that that institution will deal with that problem immediately, emphatically and effectively.
Tar Heel Fan (Tarheelfanblog)
Football News And Notes
• Donte Paige-Moss is back on the practice field after being out for a “medical issue” which no one has said what it is.
• Also on the field is safety Brandon Ellerbe who finally received clearance from the NCAA. The secondary is an obvious area of need for this team and having as many bodies back there as possible would help
For now, we’re mired in semantics, but this thing ain’t over. Texas A&M has its sights on seceding from the Big XII; but questions remain.
Monday was an eventful day for developments on Texas A&M’s conference affiliation. The Aggies appear to be at least one step closer to joining the SEC, but Texas A&M’s president didn’t set a timetable on change, nor even confirmed that Texas A&M would be leaving the Big 12.
– The Texas State House Committee on Higher Education canceled a hearing scheduled for Tuesday that would have involved officials from Texas A&M, the SEC, and the Big 12.
Committee chair Dan Branch had said that making any conference moves without meeting with his committee first would be “inappropriate,” but according to Kirk Bohls, Branch postponed the meeting because Texas A&M had yet to “complete anything.” Branch added that the hearing may re-convene at a later date.
– As expected, the Texas A&M Board of Regents authorized Loftin to “take all actions relating to Texas A&M University’s athletic conference alignment.”
“We’ve made no decision about terminating our relationship with the Big 12,” Loftin said. “This is all about what is best for Texas A&M, along with … visibility for us and our athletes and financial resources. That’s what it’s all about. I think anybody in my shoes would have exactly the same kinds of concerns.”
He said there is no timetable for any decision and any realignment by Texas A&M will take place after a “lengthy” process. He acknowledged that Texas A&M had approached the SEC, which has won the last five BCS championships in football but on Sunday reaffirmed its 12-school membership while leaving the door open to expansion.
“There is no bid,” Loftin said. “There has never been a bid to invite us into the SEC at any time in the past and if it were to occur in the future, we would certainly want to evaluate that.”
It seems plausible that the “timeframe” will be determined by whomever the 14th member is, as it seems unlikely the SEC, if it expands, will go from 12 to 13, but rather 12 to 14 (or 16). This could certainly change, but sources say the SEC will only expand outside its existing footprint, which includes Virginia and/or North Carolina.
Meanwhile, we’re wondering how the Big XII will react (Kansas City Star):
While Texas A&M is welcome to remain in the Big 12, Kansas State president Kirk Schulz said today that the conference should aggressively pursue options if the Aggies leave.
“It would be foolish for the Big 12 Conference not to do some contingency planning,” Schulz told The Star on Monday.
“That’s why I think we’re pushing hard to keep A&M, but we’re really looking at as if they decide to depart, who do we want to add? I look at those as parallel, not, ‘Well, we’re going to wait until we hear from A&M and then look at what to do next.’ We really feel like we need to be ready to go.”
Should Texas A&M defect from the Big 12, presidents and athletic directors from the conference’s other nine schools have told Schulz they plan to look at adding teams that will return the Big 12 to a 10-or 12-team league.
“That is the clear direction that the board of directors wants to move in,” Schulz said. “The chances of seeing a nine-member Big 12 for any length of time are pretty small.”
Possible targets have been rumored to be Air Force, Houston, Louisville, and even TCU (which plans to join the Big East in 2012). There have been reports that Memphis has serious corporate backing from FedEx to facilitate a move to a BCS conference, so perhaps they’re an option as well.
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