September 6, 2011
NC STATE FOOTBALL
J.P. GIGLIO (N&O)
O’Brien happy with Pack’s win
N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien was generally pleased with his team’s 43-21 win over Liberty on Saturday.
The fifth-year coach was not entirely thrilled with how the Wolfpack won, but he’s not going to argue with the result.
“That’s still the key,” O’Brien said Monday. “After looking at college football this past weekend, some of the things that went on, you have to be happy with the victory.”
N.C. State Turns Focus To Wake Forest, ACC Opener
Next up during North Carolina State’s manageable September: A visit to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s worst team from 2010.
The Wolfpack face an early season schedule that seems ideal for bringing along new starter Mike Glennon. During the first month, they face two Championship Subdivision teams and two major-conference programs that missed the postseason last year.
It’s even possible they already cleared their toughest pre-October obstacle when they pulled away in the opener to beat a pesky Liberty team that has won or shared the past four Big South Conference titles.
Sammy Batten (Fayetteville Observer)
Wolfpack line takes another hit with loss of Thomas Teal
The N.C. State Wolfpack is already running short of interior defensive linemen just one game into the 2011 season.
Redshirt freshman Thomas Teal is expected to be out four to six weeks after suffering a broken bone in his foot during last Saturday’s 43-21 season opening win against Liberty. Teal moved up to the No. 2 spot behind starting defensive tackle Brian Slay when senior J.R. Sweezy suffered the very same foot injury three weeks ago.
“It’s the same injury, the same basic spot and the same doctor,” N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien said Monday.
Depth Chart: NC State vs. Wake Forest
Akula Wolf (BackingthePack.com)
Highlights From Saturday’s Win Over Liberty
ESPN posted a bunch of clips from Saturday’s win, and there’s a link to complete game if you’re so inclined. Here are a few of those clips.
Watch The Tom O’Brien TV Show (Video)
In this week’s episode, Head football coach Tom O’Brien breaks down NC State’s victory over Liberty with host Tony Haynes. Mark Thomas visits with the Gentry brothers and previews the Pack’s next game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Weekly PC: George Bryan & Earl Wolff (Audio/Quotes)
Weekly PC: Tom O’Brien (Audio/Quotes)
How did the offensive line grade out?
“They graded out much better after the first quarter. I don’t think they played well at all in the first quarter. This is not an excuse, but you go from blocking a four-down line to a three-down line and it causes communication problems. Our communication wasn’t good for a while. Once we started communicating better up front a lot of guys weren’t running free and we were putting hats on people.”
O’Brien said the team settled down in the second half
NCSU head coach Tom O’Brien said offensively, after the first half the team settled down a little bit and ran the ball much better.
Bryan said the team started slow but finished well
NCSU’s George Bryan said he thought the team started slow but they just had to work the kinks out and they finished better.
Wolff knows they’ll see a more experienced Wake team
NCSU’s Earl Wolff said they know they are going against a more experienced group at Wake this Saturday.
Brett Friedlander (starnewsonline.com)
FIFTH QUARTER: Young QBs, preseason favorites off to fast start
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I actually missed him at the game today, but I was hopeful he would be here today because he helped build this football team. For him to be here today would be an honor for me. Those old ball coaches are hard to keep away from a good ballgame.” UNC interim coach Everett Withers on his predecessor, Butch Davis
Brett Friedlander (starnewsonline.com)
ACC REPORT CARD: For starters, it could have been better
N.C. State, B-: Far too much emphasis is going to be placed on the performance of first-time starting QB Mike Glennon, which is somewhat understandable under the circumstances. But how Glennon’s stats stack up against his predecessor – and current Wisconsin signal-caller Russell Wilson – have absolutely bearing in this grade. All things being equal, the Wolfpack came into the game knowing that it’s young offense needed time to gel and that its defense would carry it through the early part of its schedule. And that’s exactly what happened Saturday. The defense, led by Brian Slay and D.J. Green forced seven turnovers, recorded four sacks and scored a touchdown, special teams also contributed to the scoring thanks to an 82-yard punt return, and the offense got an unexpected 114-yard effort from RB Curtis Underwood Jr. As for Glennon, he went 18 of 31 for 156 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. No, it didn’t compare to Wilson, and no, it won’t win the young QB any praise. But it’s what was realistically to be expected. And on this night, that was good enough.
Daily Update (StatefansNation)
John Blake recruiting violations? (Santa Prong finally here?)
LUKE DECOCK (N&O)
Withers made bad call to give Davis game ball
Given everything that has transpired the past two months, a public gesture honoring Davis struck a sour note. And since that sort of collective obliviousness contributed to getting Davis fired, not to mention the resignation of a department chair, seeing it continue from the football program has to rankle Thorp. Attempts to reach the chancellor for comment Monday were unsuccessful.
Withers could have lined up behind the chancellor, and he wouldn’t have to hand him a game ball to do it. Silence would have sufficed.
Instead, by singling out Davis, he lined up behind the ex-coach and the disgruntled boosters who apparently harbored Davis in their luxury suites Saturday. If Withers wants to be the next head coach, he might have picked the wrong friends.
Dan Wiederer (Fayetteville Observer)
Butch Davis’ shadow still hanging over Tar Heels
How in the world should we sort this out, this strange saga that continues to twist the North Carolina football program into a state of confusion?
Factually, the Butch Davis era will go into the record books with the following time stamp: 2006-2011. But right now, as we record this season’s events, should that be considered past tense? Sure doesn’t seem like it.
The Tar Heels opened their season Saturday at Kenan Stadium and blasted James Madison, 42-10. They did so with a cast of Davis’ recruits who dominated in front of a reserved crowd of 57,000 fans, many of whom wish Davis was still strolling the sidelines.
And then came this awkward twist: Davis actually attended the blowout, sequestered inside a Blue Zone luxury suite. Here was the estranged coach, fired July 27, standing near a window in the massive $70 million Center for Excellence he helped build, watching the players he recruited and the coaches he hired as they put on a clinic.
Translated one way, it was Davis showing undying support for his former team. Interpreted another, it was a defiant tongue-out, nose-thumbing gesture at the powers that be who pulled the plug on him.
Heck, the only way the current UNC coach, Everett Withers, could explain Davis’ attendance was to simplify it in a way that ignored the overt complexity of this saga.
“An old ball coach is hard to keep away from a good ball game,” Withers said with a smile and a shrug.
Luke DeCock (N&O)
Wake’s Terrell leaves school after DWI arrest
J.T. Terrell is leaving the Wake Forest basketball team and withdrawing from school after an impaired-driving arrest, the school announced today.
Terrell, who was second on the team in scoring as a freshman, averaging 11.1 points per game, was arrested at 3 a.m. Saturday and charged with driving while impaired, his lawyer said in Wake Forest’s official statement.
“Due to circumstances surrounding his arrest, along with other recent indicators, it is obvious to J.T. and his family that J.T. suffers from a serious medical condition which requires immediate attention,” Terrell’s attorney, Mike Grace, said in the statement.