August 17, 2011
NC STATE FOOTBALL
CHIP ALEXANDER (N&O)
Wolfpack offense still lagging
N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien gave out some dismal offensive statistics Tuesday after the Wolfpack’s third preseason football scrimmage.
The offense had four passes intercepted and allowed seven sacks. There were 15 tackles for loss by the defense, which limited the offense to 98 rushing yards on 38 carries.
But O’Brien had no sooner read off the stats than he all but dismissed them. He said it was a situational scrimmage and there was a lot of work on end-of-game drives.
Brett Friedlander (WilmingtonStarNews)
Baumann already getting his kicks at N.C. State
N.C. State was in desperate need of a punter and Wil Baumann is as good as they come. But that’s not only the reason the Wilmington native decided to sign with the Wolfpack.
“They’ve got a great computer engineering program, and that’s the major I wanted to go for,” he said.
It didn’t hurt that the starting job was there for the taking the moment he walked onto campus.
Austin Johnson (PackPride)
O’Brien Discusses Third Scrimmage
“I’m not asking [Glennon] to get into [leadership] even though its a function of being a quarterback. The thing he has to do is run the offense and if he runs the offense efficiently that will be leadership for us right now.”
“[Proctor] didn’t do what he was supposed to do as far as being a champion in the classroom and the community so he doesn’t have a chance to play on the football field. Permanently – he will transfer I think he’s going to a junior college somewhere.”
Jacey Zembal (TheWolfpacker.com)
Situational Scrimmages challenges players
The third of four scrimmages tests the players mentally almost as much physically.
NC State coach Tom O’Brien has the players think on the fly, adjust to either trailing or leading in the final minutes of games, and what could bring overtime in certain situations. He said the team goes through six different scenarios and it’s a practice they’ve been using since being at Boston College.
“It’s all three-minute or four-minute situations,” O’Brien said. “It’s all end of the game. There are so many learning things that happen with this on all sides of the football. It’s a great drill for the quarterbacks, and good for the coaches. It’s just good for everybody.
“Three times last year we lost in the last minute of the football game, so that is why we do these things.”
Following the Pack’s scrimmage Tuesday, Tom O’Brien said they are working through real game situations, but Glennon still working on things.
Sammy Batten (Fayetteville Observer)
Everett Proctor, Jack Britt alum, leaves N.C. State football program
Proctor was the all-region quarterback as a senior in 2008 when he helped Jack Britt reach the state 4-AA championship game. He was recruited to play quarterback at N.C. State, but a shoulder injury that occurred in high school led to surgery and forced him to sit out the 2009 season with the Wolfpack.
The 6-foot-2, 219-pounder shifted to safety upon his return and played in two games during the 2010 season against Western Carolina and Wake Forest. Proctor moved to yet another position last spring, going back to offense to play wide receiver. He did not appear to be headed for significant playing time this season, despite the uncertainty surrounding the N.C. State receiving corps during preseason camp.
NC STATE BASKETBALL
Jacey Zembal (TheWolfpacker.com)
Amile Jefferson impressed by visit to NC State
“I thought it went good,” Jefferson said. “It was great to finally get to meet and interact with the coaches. The players weren’t back on campus yet, but just spending time with Coach Moxley and Coach [Mark] Gottfried. I got to interact with all the coaches and learn more about them.”
The energy of NC State’s new coaching staff impressed Jefferson.
“You can feel that the school and the people around are just yearning for something big to happen,” Jefferson said. “You can feel their passion to bring NC State back to where the fans and the people that know the school and the tradition where it want it to be.”
The NCSU coaches were able to give Jefferson a vision on how his inside-outside scoring skills could be used at forward.
“Coach runs the UCLA offense, so he just showed me the spots where I can be effective on the floor, push the ball and rebound,” Jefferson said. “They run those little plays from the elbow and double screens for guys, and that point forward pick and roll.”
Jefferson was surprised by the feel of the campus in comparison to the colleges he’s seen in Philadelphia.
“I didn’t realize how big the campus was,” Jefferson said. “It was really nice and almost like it’s own little city. That was definitely good to get a better feel for the campus, and just the school in general.”
NC STATE NON-REVENUE
BRETT HONEYCUTT – CORRESPONDENT (N&O)
Wolfpack’s Iyevbele out of blocks fast
While growing up, Kenyetta Iyevbele’s parents encouraged her to get involved in extra-curricular activities.
She chose running, but it wasn’t a big hit with her at first.
“It took a little bit of time,” said Iyevbele, a Nigerian name pronounced Yib-uh-lee. “I wasn’t fond of running. It wasn’t my favorite thing to do. It was sort of like field day. I was kind of having fun.”
Holy Cow, What a Tuesday
Much to the chagrin of ABCers, the revelation of the car-wreck prong of the UNC tire fire is now lost in the smoking nuclear crater that was the Miami athletic department. And maybe even Gregg Doyel will acknowledge UNC is no longer the turd in the college football punchbowl. But I will say this: Yahoo Sports has become the 21st century sports equivalent of the old adage about 60 Minutes – just like you didn’t want to see 60 Minutes show up at your door in the 80s, you don’t want Yahoo Sports to show up on your campus today. Or as ESPN’s Ryan McGee tweeted, two people you don’t want to see in your town: Jim Cantore and Charles Robinson.
Aaron Schoonmaker (WRALSportsFan)
UNC fans, supporters question coaching change, seek answers
In the weeks since University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp unexpectedly fired head football coach Butch Davis a week before the start of fall practice, many fans and supporters of the university are still asking ‘why?’
On Tuesday, alumnus E. Vernon F. Glenn became the latest to file a public records request seeking communications between Thorp and the UNC Board of Trustees, President Tom Ross, Director of Athletics Dick Baddour and anyone not employed by the university.
Glenn, a member of the Class of 1972, seeks Thorp’s calendars, schedules and travel records from June 20-July 28 as well as memos, notes, reports, letters, emails and text messages dating back to June 20. It further seeks all communications regarding Davis’ employment standing and NCAA penalties.
“This is something that is on the minds of a lot of us,” Glenn said. “Why? Has he discussed this anywhere where it was documented?”
North Carolina’s firing of Butch Davis just before preseason camp has divided football fans, faculty members and alumni here.
For some, Davis’ dismissal amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct should’ve happened long ago. Others say Davis should’ve stayed because he wasn’t tied to a violation and worry the move could set the program back years.
It’s created yet another distraction for the Tar Heels this fall.
“I’m sure people are mad because we were pretty mad,” linebacker Kevin Reddick said. “You can’t sit there and worry about what happened even though we were sad at the time. Now we’ve got to move on and try to make ourselves better each day in practice. That’s how we’ve got to look at it because we’ve still got to win games.”
Lewis Margolis (Inside Higher Ed)
Drop the Ball
In the face of a growing tsunami of moral and legal failings by National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I football and basketball programs, more than 50 university presidents recently concluded a retreat to discuss strategies to attempt to gain control over the athletic behemoth. Here’s a suggestion that would put an end to the scandals: abolish Division I football and basketball altogether, because they are hopelessly and irreparably corrupted by billion dollar television contracts and multimillion-dollar endorsement deals.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — bemoaning the loss of its 50-year run of virtuous, intercollegiate sports management — is just the latest to join the cohort of universities enmeshed in athletic scandals. For the past year UNC has been dealing with players who accepted financial benefits from supporters and agents, a former coach who allegedly received compensation from an agent, and a tutor who provided impermissible services, just to name a few of its failings, and is now furiously preparing its response to a 42-page Notice of Allegations from the NCAA. In the midst of fund-raising for the $70 million expansion of its football stadium, the UNC development office and marketing department are surely paying their staffs overtime to assure donors that they are not wasting their money.
Accident report prong?
Charles Robinson, Yahoo! Sports
Renegade Miami football booster spells out illicit benefits to players
A University of Miami booster, incarcerated for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, has told Yahoo! Sports he provided thousands of impermissible benefits to at least 72 athletes from 2002 through 2010.
In 100 hours of jailhouse interviews during Yahoo! Sports’ 11-month investigation, Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro described a sustained, eight-year run of rampant NCAA rule-breaking, some of it with the knowledge or direct participation of at least seven coaches from the Miami football and basketball programs. At a cost that Shapiro estimates in the millions of dollars, he said his benefits to athletes included but were not limited to cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and, on one occasion, an abortion.
Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
Why Miami is in trouble
Nevin Shapiro says he was drunk, humiliated and belligerent.
It was Miami’s final home game ever at the Orange Bowl, Nov. 10, 2007. The halftime scoreboard read Virginia 31-0 (en route to a 48-0 embarrassment). Everything Shapiro held dear about the Hurricanes was being stomped on.
As a major booster to the program Shapiro had access to the Orange Bowl press box and that’s where he spotted David Reed, the school’s associate athletic director for compliance. Shapiro felt Reed had been implementing rules that were too stringent, trying to keep boosters and players apart.
To Shapiro, the results of Reed’s efforts were manifesting themselves on the field. A once-powerful program was a competitive disgrace.
Miami investigation allegations
Current or former Miami athletes
• Ray-Ray Armstrong
• Jon Beason
• Travis Benjamin
• Arthur Brown
• James Bryant
• Calais Campbell
• Vernon Carey
• Howard Clark
• Graig Cooper
• Antonio Dixon
• Dyron Dye
• Dedrick Epps
• Kayne Farquharson
• Marcus Forston
• Orlando Franklin
• Vegas Franklin
• Jason Geathers
• Tavares Gooden
• Frank Gore
• Cornelius Green
• Gavin Hardin
• Courtney Harris
• Jacory Harris
• Orien Harris
• Devin Hester
• Aldarius Johnson
• Andre Johnson
• Andrew Johnson
• Charlie Jones
• Carlos Joseph
• William Joseph
• Robert Marve
• Marcus Maxey
• Colin McCarthy
• Jerome McDougle
• Willis McGahee
• Rocky McIntosh
• Eric Moncur
• Brian Monroe
• Tyrone Moss
• Javon Nanton
• JoJo Nicolas
• Adewale Ojomo
• Bryan Pata
• Kenny Phillips
• Randy Phillips
• Anthony Reddick
• Marcus Robinson
• Antrel Rolle
• Darryl Sharpton
• Sam Shields
• Sean Spence
• Sean Taylor
• Vaughn Telemaque
• Santonio Thomas
• Olivier Vernon
• Jonathan Vilma
• Carl Walker
• Vince Wilfork
• Andrew Williams
• D.J. Williams
• Leon Williams
• Willie Williams
• Kellen Winslow Jr.
• Reggie Youngblood
• DeQuan Jones
Athletes from other schools
• Bryce Brown
• Orson Charles
• Andre Debose
• Jeffrey Godfrey
• Matt Patchan
• Benard Thomas
• Worrell Williams
Current or former Miami Coaches/Staffers
• Sean Allen
• Aubrey Hill
• Clint Hurtt
• Joe Pannunzio
• Jeff Stoutland
• Ralph Nogueras
• Joey Corey
• Frank Haith
• Jake Morton
• Jorge Fernandez
TIM REYNOLDS – ASSOCIATED PRESS
Report: Miami players got gifts
Nevin Shapiro, a former Miami booster who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for masterminding a $930 mil-
lion Ponzi scheme, has told Yahoo! Sports he provided impermissible benefits to 72 of the university’s football players and other athletes between 2002 and 2010.
Shapiro said he gave money, cars, yacht trips, jewelry, televisions and other gifts to a list of players including Vince Wilfork, Jon Beason, Antrel Rolle, Devin Hester, Willis McGahee and the late Sean Taylor.
Shapiro also claimed he paid for nightclub outings, sex parties, restaurant meals and in one case, an abortion for a woman impregnated by a player. One former Miami player, running back Tyrone Moss, told Yahoo! Sports he accepted $1,000 from Shapiro around the time he was entering college.
“Hell yeah, I recruited a lot of kids for Miami,” Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports. “With access to the clubs, access to the strip joints. My house. My boat. We’re talking about high school football players. Not anybody can just get into the clubs or strip joints. Who is going to pay for it and make it happen? That was me.”
NCAA investigators visited the University of Miami campus Monday looking into claims that more than a dozen former or current football players received gifts and services from convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro, his attorney said.
Shapiro has told the NCAA he provided players with the use of a yacht and other favors, said his attorney, Maria Elena Perez. Shapiro and Perez have been talking with the NCAA about the matter for a couple of months and provided documentation, she said.
Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden says some of his player may have made mistakes that prompted an NCAA investigation into convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro’s role with the program.
Golden, preparing for his first season with the Hurricanes, said he just became aware of the investigation into allegations that Shapiro gave more than a dozen former or current players gifts and services.
“We’re not going to let this knock us backward,” Golden said Tuesday before a morning practice. “We have great kids on this team to the extent that they may have made a mistake. OK, that’s fine. But that’s also part of growing up. What we have to teach them now is if something did occur, let’s be honest and move forward.”
Jim Young (ACCSportsJournal)
Initial Thoughts On The Miami/Nevin Shapiro Story
If I’m Al Golden I Am Furious
If Al Golden is being completely truthful that he “just found out” about the Shapiro allegations and the NCAA investigation into them well then, I’m stunned. And I feel horribly for him.
(And yes, it goes without saying I feel badly for the current players who didn’t break any NCAA rules and who would likely feel the pain of any potential penalties.)
I’m also left wondering how former Miami AD Kirby Hocutt (he’s now the AD at Texas Tech) could have possibly refrained from sharing this little nugget of info with Golden when Hocutt was interviewing him for the head coaching position.
Akula Wolf (BackingthePack)
That’s Gonna Leave A Mark
Charles Robinson had been teasing a huge story for a while, and somehow this thing managed to go way beyond all expectations. Here are some choice excerpts, but the whole article is worth a read. Nevin Shapiro provided an astounding variety of improper benefits to Miami recruits and players. (If you were wondering, the improprieties began a year after Butch Davis left Coral Gables.)
ESPN Video: The claims against Miami
ESPN Video: Former Miami booster speaks
Ivan Maisel (ESPN)
3-point stance: Miami in deep trouble
1. Miami football is in deep trouble. The story posted Tuesday by Yahoo! investigative reporter Charles Robinson is remarkable for the depth of the reporting and the time invested in learning and corroborating the story of jailed former Hurricane booster Nevin Shapiro. He claims to have given money to Miami players and paid for jewelry, clothing, boat trips, prostitutes — you name it. And he claimed that some coaches knew of the benefits he provided. Yahoo! reports that former Miami players confirmed many of the allegations. I repeat: Miami is in deep trouble.
Mike DeCourcy (The Sporting News)
Miami mess a ‘strict’ failure of leadership
Paul Dee was speaking to reporters on a conference call two years ago almost to the day when he uttered the phrase “strict liability.”
To the few paying close attention to the Memphis basketball infractions case who hadn’t already made up their minds on account of John Calipari’s proximity, that term came as a bit of a jolt.
Essentially, Memphis had the greatest season in its history wiped from the record because the Tigers used a player, Derrick Rose, the NCAA clearinghouse had ruled academically eligible. This seemed odd on the face of it. Memphis president Shirley Raines argued the university had followed guidance provided by the NCAA, but Dee and his committee determined that approval had been in error because the Educational Testing Service invalidated Rose’s SAT score—following the conclusion of his freshman season. “Strict liability,” he said.
Seems almost quaint now, doesn’t it? If placed into the middle of the mess allegedly transpiring with the Miami Hurricanes during Dee’s final years as athletics director at The U, Rose’s situation wouldn’t merit mention. Not salacious enough. Not sleazy enough.
Matt Hayes (The Sporting News )
What the alleged Miami scandal means for current players and coaches
What it means for … Current players named in the report: There are numerous players alleged to have accepted improper benefits from Shapiro. Among the group: Miami QB Jacory Harris and LB Sean Spence; Georgia TE Orson Charles, K-State RB Bryce Brown and LB Arthur Brown and UCF QB Jeff Godfrey.
Miami and other schools with implicated players will have to choose between holding out affected players, or playing them and facing ramifications if they are declared ineligible by the NCAA.
Big East commish reaches out to ACC’s John Swofford
“As stewards of our respective conferences and leaders in the world of higher education and intercollegiate athletics, I believe we can and must be mindful everyone’s best interests and be constructive and not destructive,” Marinatto said. “But we all realize we are competitive and we have different constituencies to serve.
“My primary concern is more global. We need to restore confidence and integrity into the collegiate model and that can only be done if and when we as leaders work together in a constructive manner.”
SEC won’t be poaching in North Carolina
When word got out that the SEC had a gentleman’s agreement not expand into existing markets, the state of North Carolina suddenly became prime territory. Could the conference poach the Tar Heels and Blue Devils, which would allow the SEC to snag highly valued brands? Would NC State get a call?
It’s an entertaining mental exercise, but that’s about it. Nothing more, nothing less. Even the Wolfpack, the most intriguing possibility of the trio, isn’t going to ditch a conference it helped build. And the state politics? Yeah, let’s not get into that.
But that won’t stop a subset of NC State fans from wanting to jump ship. Part of the mentality stems from their lack of confidence in commissioner John Swofford. The other stems from their constant quest to one-up their rivals in Chapel Hill. It can be argued both are intertwined. The hardcore believe Swofford is only interested in propping up the North Carolina and Duke rivalry at the expense of everyone else in the ACC. This would be the Wolfpack’s chance to break away and no longer be buried by shades of blue.