Wednesday Bytes: Holtz for Congress and Wilson Watching

Two interesting tidbits from today. The Associated Press is reporting that Former NC State Football Coach Lou Holtz is considering a run for Congress in Florida for the GOP.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Former N.C. State football coach Lou Holtz is mulling a run for Congress in Florida as a Republican. The Associated Press reported that a GOP strategist said Tuesday that Holtz could decide in the next several weeks whether to run for the central Florida congressional seat currently held by Democrat Suzanne Kosmas. The strategist requested anonymity because he is not authorized to talk about the matter. The 72-year-old Holtz has never run for office. He has worked as an analyst at ESPN since retiring from his last coaching stint at the University of South Carolina at the end of the 2004 season. Holtz is the only coach to guide six schools to a bowl game, and heled Notre Dame to its last national championship in 1988. He was recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The N&O is reporting that Russell Wilson is on the early watch list for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Turns out, Wilson is not the only one turning heads as Wolfpack running back Jamelle Eugene is on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award:

N.C. State sophomore Russell Wilson, Wake Forest senior Riley Skinner, Virginia Tech junior Tyrod Taylor and Georgia Tech junior Josh Nesbitt were among the 33 quarterbacks chosen to the watch list for this season’s Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.

Six ACC players also made the list of candidates for the Doak Walker Award for the top college running back.

Georgia Tech junior Jonathan Dwyer, North Carolina junior Shaun Draughn, N.C. State senior Jamelle Eugene, Virginia Tech sophomore Darren Evans, Maryland junior Da’Rel Scott and Clemson senior C.J. Spiller were nominated by their universities.

The question must be reiterated from Monday: are you a darkhorse when everyone is picking you?

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20 Responses to Wednesday Bytes: Holtz for Congress and Wilson Watching

  1. Alpha Wolf 08/05/2009 at 8:27 PM #

    NC State will always be a dark horse. It goes with the red and white.

  2. Wufpacker 08/05/2009 at 8:33 PM #

    Not sure about the Davey O’Brien award, but aren’t the pre-season Doak Walker candidates simply put on the list if their school nominates them? Not to malign Jamelle Eugene as I think he deserves the nomination, and I could be mistaken, but I think its just a matter of the NCSU athletic dept. simply contacting whomever, to get him on the list, although I am somewhat impressed that they bothered to contact whomever they did to get him on the list (Lee must have delegated).

    Regardless, the recognition is well-deserved for both of them.

    And regarding the Lou Holtz article…c’mon, confess. You changed the first line of the quoted article, yes? I cannot believe that the AP would refer to Holtz as “former NC State football coach”.

  3. tobaccordshow 08/05/2009 at 9:11 PM #

    I did not change the first line. The N&O probably did but the AP was credited with the story.

  4. Wufpacker 08/06/2009 at 3:22 AM #

    Yes, of course that makes sense. When I saw that the AP was credited with the story, and then noticed the byline of Orlando, for some reason my rattled brain assumed this was a quote directly from The Orlando Sentinel (I know that makes no sense…just some weird subconscious brain cramp or something). I had not clicked the link to read the entire story at that point, thus seeing it is from the N&O. And even then I didn’t really think you had changed it…was just surprised that he would be described that way.

    It makes more sense now knowing it was from their (N&O) link, although to be honest I’m still surprised even with them that we weren’t at least 4th in line behind Notre Dame, the Jets and UofMinnesota.

  5. TomCat 08/06/2009 at 8:22 AM #

    Holtz for congress… That’s hilarious. He should ask Richard Petty how that works. It’s a nice flirt for the media but I don’t see Holtz’s giving up his national ESPN spotlight for the obscurity of congress and working to get a old ladys’ medicare check in his district. I wish he’d run, would be fascinating to watch his approach.

  6. tobaccordshow 08/06/2009 at 8:35 AM #

    I suppose Holtz looks at it like this: if insane “celebrities” such as Ventura or Franken can get elected, why not a dose of the sane “celebrities?”

  7. GAWolf 08/06/2009 at 8:44 AM #

    Holtz is arguably on the back side of sane these days. Some of his “pep talks” on ESPN made me feel sorry for him. It’s just a shame that such an accomplished man has somewhat floundered in the spotlight this late in life. I admire him greatly, don’t get me wrong. He just needs to retire and enjoy the good life. He’s certainly earned it.

    With that said, I’m sure I’d agree more with his political stances than most politicians. They’re all a bit loony, so maybe it’s the perfect fit.

  8. ncsu96 08/06/2009 at 9:40 AM #

    I just hope Holtz gets some new denture glue…

  9. TheCOWDOG 08/06/2009 at 9:54 AM #

    GAWolf Says:
    August 6th, 2009 at 8:44 am Holtz is arguably on the back side of sane these days.

    You took my very thoughts right out of my mind.

    No longer an enigma that ya can’t quite figure these days. More like another roadside attraction.

    Always carried my playing days with him with great pride, but there is a very dark and selfish side to Lou Holtz that cannot be overlooked.

    In the end, with me it’s ” Pushme/Pullme “

  10. Packman02 08/06/2009 at 11:19 AM #

    Would Lou really be any worse than many Congressional incumbents? That said, good luck Florida (if this does come to pass!).

    Threadjack: Anyone have the latest on M. Lemon; Is he or isn’t he a member of the Pack?

  11. thebigwood 08/06/2009 at 12:28 PM #

    It looks like Holtz says he isn’t running

  12. PackMan97 08/06/2009 at 12:38 PM #

    If Holtz could balance a check book, he’d be better than the other 534 congress critters up in Washington. That’s a skill we are sorely lacking.

  13. twosocks 08/06/2009 at 1:10 PM #

    didn’t Holtz invoke Hitler during a pep talk very recently on ESPN and he had to apologize for that? not surprising he is shooting down those rumors of running for office with that in his recent past.

  14. TheCOWDOG 08/06/2009 at 1:47 PM #

    twosocks Says:
    August 6th, 2009 at 1:10 pm didn’t Holtz invoke Hitler during a pep talk very recently on ESPN and he had to apologize for that? not surprising he is shooting down those rumors of running for office with that in his recent past

    Yes, he did not choose analogy wisely when talking about Rich Rodriguez.

    Lou’s questionable side goes 30yrs. beyond recent past, however.

  15. primacyone 08/06/2009 at 2:05 PM #

    NBC Sports just released their pre-season Top 25.

    1. Florida
    2. Texas
    3. USC
    4. Oklahoma
    5. Ohio State
    6. Alabama
    7. Georgia Tech
    8. Mississippi
    9. Oklahoma State
    10. LSU
    11. Penn State
    12. TCU
    13. Virginia Tech
    14. Oregon
    15. Boise State
    16. North Carolina
    17. Cincinnati
    18. Michigan State
    19. Georgia
    20. Florida State
    21. Utah
    22. Notre Dame
    23. Kansas
    24. Tennessee
    25. BYU

  16. ruffles31 08/06/2009 at 2:46 PM #

    I am a huge State as well as Vols fan, but come on. UT in the top 25 in Kiffin’s first year. Who are these people talking to? And Notre Dame as #22? I cannot stand the Irish but they are playing the easiest schedule probably in their history. They can probably be no better than 4th place in either of the ACC Divisions, yet, because of their schedule, can finish no worse than 9-3 and get back to the BCS.

    Other notes from looking at NBC’s Top 25. By the way, who at NBC did this ranking? The judges from America’s Got Talent? Conan O’Brien?

    Georgia Tech at 7? ***Way too high, although they are top 20.
    Alabama at 6? ***It will be interesting to see them with a new QB and now having to deal with expectations.
    Mississippi at 8? ***Everyone’s darling surprise this year. How do they handle success and expectations will be interesting to watch.
    OKState at 9? ***I like them but I am scared that injuries will hurt them this year. They only lost a total of 5 player games to injuries last year. Somehow, I see that number rising this year.
    UNC at 16? ***About 8-10 spots too high.

  17. primacyone 08/06/2009 at 2:56 PM #

    ^I totally agree. Cincinatti at #17 and not Pitt???? I think they must have let one of the staffer’s dog’s make the pic’s.

  18. StateFans 08/06/2009 at 3:31 PM #

    The Big East media has chosen Pitt to win the 2009 Conference Championship.

  19. bradleyb123 08/06/2009 at 3:36 PM #

    ^^^ “The Big East media has chosen Pitt to win the 2009 Conference Championship.”

    If Pitt is as overrated in the Big East as UNX is in the ACC, then we don’t have anything to worry about in those games. 🙂

    I think the pollsters are going to fall flat on their faces with these UNX picks in the top 20, top 15 or higher.

  20. Wufpacker 08/07/2009 at 5:49 AM #

    Congress or not, I hope he gets that saliva problem under control.

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