October 19, 2011
NC STATE BASKETBALL
J.P. GIGLIO (N&O)
Gottfried brings winning track record and mentor
Gottfried had one link to his past, former UCLA coach Jim Harrick, at practice on Tuesday. Gottfried worked for Harrick at UCLA for eight seasons, including the Bruins’ 1995 national title season. UCLA fired Harrick about 19 months later, at the onset of an NCAA investigation of improper benefits received by players.
At subsequent stops at Rhode Island and Georgia he ran into more NCAA trouble over recruiting practices and academic issues stemming from a class taught by his son (one of his assistant coaches) at Georgia.
N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow said Tuesday that Harrick, who was courtside during practice and was wearing an N.C. State shirt and carrying a clipboard, is a “mentor” and “personal advisor” to Gottfried but not a university employee.
JACEY ZEMBAL (THEWOLFPACKER.COM)
JAQAWN RAYMOND EXCITED TO PLAY IN FRONT OF PACK FANS (VIDEO)
Which players have been helping you out?
“C.J. Williams has. He has taught me a lot actually. He has taught me how to be a better person and teammate on the court.”
What positions have you been playing?
“Shooting guard basically. I might play some point guard, I don’t know.”
KEN TYSIAC (N&O)
Former UNC coach Davis contests subpoena
Davis’ lawyer, Jon Sasser of Ellis & Winters LLP, wants a judge to quash the subpoena and enter a protective order, calling the subpoena “unduly burdensome, unreasonable and oppressive.”
Sasser argues that the subpoena seeks production of information that is no longer relevant in the case and that the phone records sought do not constitute a public record.
Davis said his family received unsolicited calls from media outlets and “crank calls” from fans of other college football programs. According to his affidavit, Davis and his family were forced to change their contact information.
“As a former NFL head coach, and head coach of two college teams, I am well aware of the intense scrutiny directed at my profession,” Davis said in the affidavit. “However, as a private citizen, I also believe that I have a right to protect my own privacy as well as a duty to protect the privacy of my family, friends and business associates.”
Before he was fired in July, Davis had said he would produce records of his business calls with personal calls redacted for the media. He has not released those records.
In his affidavit, Davis offered to have Manning or another person he designates review Davis’ unredacted records if Manning won’t quash the subpoena.
Davis’ Lawyers Move To Quash The Subpoena
Davis’ concerns are well founded and completely understandable. Especially given how obsessed our lupine brethren have been about this whole scandal. The idea of crazies on Pack Pride getting Davis’ phone records probably scares the crap out of him, his family and anyone who ever talked to him on the phone. The counter argument here is Davis had access to a phone issued by UNC for the purpose of doing his job and chose to conduct that business on his personal phone. Doing so opens that phone up to possible access via state sunshine laws. In other words, Davis made his bed so he may very well have to lie in it now, assuming the court sides with the media.
Speaking of the 216 records, according to the deposition offered by UNC associate AD of compliance Amy Herman in the media lawsuit the NCAA only asked for one coach’s phone records, those belonging to John Blake.
There are a lot of little nuggets in Hermans deposition, some of which will no doubt send ABCers into a frenzy. One is the fact Dick Baddour nor Holden Thorp were ever interviewed by the NCAA. The other is the fact the NCAA limited their phone record review to John Blake(assuming my reading of it is correct.) The other is the lack of records for the interviews themselves. Herman is speaking of UNC retaining records of the interviews and not the NCAA. Based on reading various reports on other NCAA investigation, we know the ruling body keeps records of interviews because they are referenced. UNC did not keep their own records, possibly because of public access laws which would undoubtedly force their release.
NC STATE FOOTBALL
James Henderson (PackPride.com)
Pack’s Top Playmaker?
David Amerson hasn’t always been a football player. In fact, he grew up preferring to make plays on the hardwood.
He played football in middle school, but as a freshman and sophomore at Greensboro (NC) Dudley High School he focused exclusively on basketball. However, the playing time wasn’t there in basketball, and Dudley head football coach Steve Davis had recognized Amerson’s ability as a middle-schooler.
“I pulled him to the side one morning and said, ‘Two years ago when you first came to Dudley, you told me a reason why you weren’t going to play football: what did you say?’” Davis said. “He said, ‘I felt like I wasn’t going to get any playing time.’ I said ‘Well, I’ve watched you two years on the basketball team…’ He said ‘Coach, I know what you’re saying, I’ll be out there this spring.’”
Ryan Tice (TheWolfpacker.com)
Q&A: Mike Archer happy to have Manning back
Can you talk about preparing for two quarterbacks – they’ve been playing Michael Rocco and David Watford?
The offense has a few wrinkles with Watford, they do run the zone keep a little bit more, but they’re going to play two quarterbacks, it’s obvious and they put both in pressure situations. You just have to go play. You have to be aware who is in there but you’re going to call the same defense.
How strong is their offensive line?
They’re huge, they’re even bigger than Central Michigan’s offensive line. They’ve got some older guys, the left side has got a little bit more experience than the right side. They’re big, they’re the typical Virginia offensive line that I can remember, they’ve always been big.
Jacey Zembal (TheWolfpacker.com)
Rebuilt defensive line knows what is coming
NC State defensive line coach Keith Willis knows what is coming and is ready for the challenge Saturday at Virginia.
The Cavaliers love to run the football and are coming off a 24-21 victory over then No. 12-ranked Georgia Tech last Saturday. UVa rushed for 274 yards on 47 carries and two rushing touchdowns against the Yellow Jackets. The Cavaliers have rushed for at least 153 yards in every game this season.
Virginia will be attacking an NC State defensive line that has been battling injuries all season.
“You can call it a man-up [game], but this game is no different than any other game is what I tell my guys,” Willis said. “You don’t take anyone for granted. Last time we played Central Michigan. [UVa] has the same type of offensive line. These guys are going to come out and try to pound you because of their size. You have to stand up and match what they bring regardless of your size.”
Brett Friedlander (starnewsonline.com)
ACC REPORT CARD: A good week for Virginia, Florida schools
Virginia, A: Chalk this one up to the Cavaliers being in the right place at the right time. The way Georgia Tech had been playing, it was bound to get beat at some point. But even with that being the case, give coach Mike London, his staff and his players full marks for taking advantage of their bye week, devising a winning game plan and executing it to the letter against the nation’s 12th ranked team. It’s a strategy that started with ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week Michael Conrath and the defense forcing Tech QB TevinWashington into keeping the ball rather than pitching to his speedy wing men. On the other side of the ball, the Cavaliers played some good old fashioned smash mouth football, dominating the line of scrimmage and running the ball right at former coach Al Groh’s 3-4 defense to the tune of 272 yards (including 149 by Perry Jones and 86 by Kevin Parks) while avoiding the self-destructive turnovers that have plagued them throughout the season.Virginia also blocked a field goal and showed plenty of character by answering a game-tying 14-point salvo by the Yellow Jackets with two scores of their own in the final four minutes of the first half to pave the way for the upset victory.
The ACCSports.com Podcast, Oct. 18
Joe Ovies, afternoon cohost on 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, and Jim Young have returned with another edition of the ACCSports.com Podcast.
Among the topics they discussed:
• Where the heck did C.J. Brown come from?
• Just how awesome is Sammy Watkins?
• What’s up with Georgia Tech’s offense lately?
• Is the Everett Withers honeymoon over at UNC?
• Is this a new Jacory Harris? Or will he burn us again for believing in him?
• Will the Duke-Wake game follow the usual script?
• And what happened to N.C. State’s plan to get healthy during its bye week?