Glennon Featured in SI Piece

After EJ Whitley chose Virginia Tech on Monday…we figured that it may be uplifting for some to briefly highlight a quick blurb we ran across in Sports Illustrated last week.

In a special to Sports Illustrated titled, ‘Unconventional thinking: Top QB recruits have made unexpected commitments’, recruiting analyst Mike Farrell mentioned NC State commitment, Mike Glennon in the following paragraph:

Centreville (Va.) Westfield quarterback Mike Glennon committed to N.C. State over offers from Michigan and others.

Glennon will learn his craft under N.C. State offensive coordinator Dana Bible. Bible coached current NFL quarterbacks Tim Hasselbeck, Brian St. Pierre and Quinton Porter at Boston College, and Bible is the man responsible for the development of 2007 Heisman Trophy sleeper Matt Ryan.

It is nice to see NC State recruiting get some play no matter where or how.

Unfortunately, the source of these comments is Mike Farrell who has an atrocious historical reputation of covering/commenting on recruiting in the Carolinas. This link will take you to an entry from last year (that also includes some links) to help explain Farrell’s historical record of ‘covering’ NC State recruiting.

The pain doesn’t end with NC State coverage.

For fun, check out this blog entry written by Mike Farrell in May of 2006. BY ITSELF, the entry and thought – titled “North Carolina Could Finally Break Through” – is as random and far fetched of a thought as one could contrive. But, when you factor in this attack on Chuck Amato (and rebuttal from SFN), your frame of reference on speculating the motivation behind Farrell’s entries obviously changes.

After UNC comprised the following records:
2000: 6-5

2001: 8-5

2002: 3-9
2003: 2-10
2004: 6-6

2005: 5-6

…Mike Farrell proclaimed:

The North Carolina football program has been on the cusp of a breakthrough for years. A program that has long lived in the shadow of basketball success, the Tar Heels have fallen just shy of a huge season a few times in the last decade. But with more talent in the state of North Carolina now than in any year in recent memory and a hungry coaching staff, a breakthrough seems closer than ever before.

UNC has been labeled as a “sleeping giant” for years based on the above criteria coupled with a lack of consistent success. The term is one fans both hate and embrace, detesting the notion that their program should be great but isn’t while clinging to hope that it wouldn’t take much to turn things around.

The ACC be warned, this “sleeping giant” could awaken soon.

How did that “breakthrough” work out in the 2006 season?

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29 Responses to Glennon Featured in SI Piece

  1. Pack92 07/25/2007 at 11:12 AM #

    Not too good!

    He’s just one more talking head hoping for the best for a law/journalism/business school. They do it all the time for MI since Tressel has been at Ohio St. I do have to agree with the bit about NC having more and more D1 talent. Perhaps that correlates with the explosion of our population in the last 15 years?

  2. noah 07/25/2007 at 11:25 AM #

    “…a fan base that is dying to jump on and support a winner.”

    I don’t know who he’s talking about there, but it sure as $*!# isn’t Carolina.

    As long as UNC basketball is doing well, they could not care less about football.

    The whole “sleeping giant” thing kills me. First of all, the author of that comment is Bobby Bowden. People ought to be repeating Bobby Bowden comments about as often as they ought to repeat Lou Holtz quotes when he’s talking about his future opponent.

    According to Lou Holtz, the Temple football program is ready to EXPLODE! Their roster is filled with future NFLers and their third-string QB is good enough that he’d probably start at Notre Dame.

    Army is the same way. Those guys are awesome.

    That’s what Holtz always says, no matter who the opponent is. Had he been the coach at Georgia Tech when they played Cumberland College, he would have told the press afterwards that the game was much closer than the 222-0 score would have implied and that if they played 10 times, Georgia Tech would be lucky to win twice.

    Bowden’s no different. I’m sure that you could get some good insight on football if he’d let you pick his brain….but he isn’t going to tell you anything that you need to hear if there’s a microphone in the room.

  3. StateFans 07/25/2007 at 11:29 AM #

    I actually heard Dick Vitale use that quote about “sleeping giant” regarding NC State’s basketball program during a radio interview while NC State was searching for a basketball coach after Les Robinson resigned.

  4. noah 07/25/2007 at 11:42 AM #

    I think it’s a horrible choice of words. It doesn’t describe anything. There is no relationship between the two things you’re trying to compare.

    But if you decided that a program was once great and could be great once again…fine.

    But in Carolina’s case, when was UNC football a “giant?” When were they great? They’ve had a handful of pretty good seasons. They’ve never been able to sustain it though…

    If Notre Dame changed their admissions standards, I could see it applying to them.

  5. Pack92 07/25/2007 at 11:54 AM #

    ^%100 agree noah. When did Mack Brown, in the supposed UNX glory years of football, ever beat Dick SHeridan or Bobby Bowden? Sure, he beat us when MOC was in charge but unless I am mistaken he did not beat any top 20 teams his last 2 years?

  6. BoKnowsNCS71 07/25/2007 at 11:56 AM #

    Sleeping giant sounds more like a metaohor for Laurence Taylor.

  7. noah 07/25/2007 at 1:27 PM #

    I’ve made the argument before that when Mack Brown enjoyed his greatest success, the league was at its weakest since the 1970s.

  8. packpigskinfan23 07/25/2007 at 1:30 PM #

    this come from a ESPN article on ACC football that of course mentioned NOTHING of NC State…

    “Swofford said Tuesday morning that the league would begin conducting background checks on officials working its basketball and football games.”

    what are they going to be checking into?! to see if they dress their children in Red, dark blue, or light blue? are they checking to make sure their family’s all own carlina season tickets?!

  9. packpigskinfan23 07/25/2007 at 1:33 PM #

    oh yeah… the link to that article is:

    the rest is all on football.

    I do like the mention that the ACC championship game “could” be moving from city to city after next year… I hope they do make that change. I would love to travel to Charlotte to see the Pack win a championship!

  10. RabidWolf 07/25/2007 at 1:38 PM #

    “Sure, he beat us when MOC was in charge but unless I am mistaken he did not beat any top 20 teams his last 2 years?”

    Remember that a MOC coached team beat him in his home opener at Texas!

  11. cornellpackfan 07/25/2007 at 2:11 PM #

    public link to a breakdown on Glennon at the Elite 11 Quarterback camp

    looks like we are getting a power and accurate arm

  12. StateFoxer 07/25/2007 at 2:58 PM #

    Six foot six? If Glennon bulks up he could be a monster. I don’t know that I’ve ever been this excited about the future of Wolfpack athletics.

  13. Mr O 07/25/2007 at 3:08 PM #

    That win at Texas was huge. One of the best away game trips I have done despite having to go to the emergency room early on Friday night for 30 stitches in my leg.

  14. lush 07/25/2007 at 3:21 PM #

    ^ that is the way to start a story, not end it. care to elaborate?

  15. BJD95 07/25/2007 at 4:01 PM #

    We had huge wins at Texas and home vs. Syracuse (derailing McNabb’s Heisman campaign for the 2nd year running), but couldn’t even use that momentum to have a good season, let alone build the program.

    That was the MOC era in a nutshell.

  16. noah 07/25/2007 at 4:37 PM #

    Those were two seperate seasons. We beat Syracuse in 1997 and 1998. We beat Texas in 1999.

    The Syracuse win in Raleigh in 1998 was about as dominant a performance by an NC State team over a top-25 team that I can recall. I didn’t see the 27-3 Clemson game in 1986.

    Seems like recently I stumbled across a tape of that 1998 game. Of course, I have no idea where it is now…d’oh.

    I remember Levar Fisher, as a freshman, just grabbing McNabb and throttling him like a rag doll at one point.

  17. noah 07/25/2007 at 4:38 PM #

    Actually, as soon as I posted that…I remembered two other games: The win over Clemson in Death Valley during the Gator Bowl year and of course, the Gator Bowl itself against Notre Dame.

    Syracuse belongs right alongside both of those though…

  18. Mr O 07/25/2007 at 4:50 PM #

    lush: In Texas, you must be careful of the front license plates when walking between parked cars. Especially those on cars with rounded front bumpers like a Pontiac. It was only about 8:30 pm and got out of a cab, walked between two cars toward the sidewalk and banged my leg against one of the cars. Looked down to see about an inch and half gash in my leg. Went to a bathroom in a restaurant to grab a bunch of paper towels, jumped back in a cab and went straight to the emergency room. Tried to meet my group back out, but unfortunately it took more than five hours to be treated. But I was ready to go early the next day for the 8 pm kickoff that night. Had to go get re-taped at halftime of the game because my bandage wouldn’t stay on.

    Our offense couldn’t do crap in that game, but when you get 17 points directly off punt blocks it makes it easier to win.

    That was the game that derailed Edrick Smith’s career at NC State. That guy was a hell of a linebacker as a freshman.

  19. noah 07/25/2007 at 4:53 PM #

    That’s right. I had forgotten that Smith trashed his knee in that game. He didn’t really have the speed to begin with and he lost a step after the injury and it pushed him over the edge. That was a shame.

    Speaking of linebackers…anyone else hearing rumors that Terrell Manning is going to pick Clemson?

  20. noah 07/25/2007 at 5:04 PM #


  21. noah 07/25/2007 at 5:08 PM #

    Can I just point out that there is NO good news that comes out this time of the year?

    The only good news is no news.

    The only things anyone reports are who didn’t qualify, who flunked out of school, who quit school and who got mauled by a stray lion or carried off by killer bees or got eaten by a land shark.

    You never hear, “Wide Receiver Tramain Hall caught a 24-yard touchdown pass in scrimmage yesterday and discovered a cure for cancer!” or “Aliens contacted Marcus Stone during contact drills this afternoon and told him they thought he was a nice guy!”

    I’d like to hear that for a change.

  22. Pack92 07/25/2007 at 5:12 PM #

    That really sucks about A. Hill. Hopefully Stone can have a breakout year or maybe the kid from New Hanover is coming in this year?

  23. Mr O 07/25/2007 at 5:19 PM #

    Horrible news for Hill and our football team. Now we have to rely on M. Stone again. Fortunately that isn’t as a QB.

    Noah: I thought Edrick as a freshman was an NFL guy. He appeared to be more gifted athletically than either L. Fisher or D. Burnette who came in about the same time. In fact, wasn’t it Burnette who then started as a true freshman to replace Smith. I think Levar started beside Edrick as a freshman.

    It was kind of weird that all of sudden in those years MOC got a clue in recruiting.

  24. noah 07/25/2007 at 5:29 PM #

    E. Smith was more gifted than D. Burnette. He was not more athletic than Fisher.

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