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Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:45 pm

PODCAST: Talking Everett Withers, ACC Coastal

Posted by Chip Patterson

With a few days to digest the events surrounding Butch Davis' dismissal in Chapel Hill, it is time to look ahead at the immediate future: which for theTar Heels starts this week in training camp.

Michael Felder, former North Carolina football player and currently of InTheBleachers.net, joins me to discuss the decision to promote defensive coordinator Everett Withers to interim coach, preview the ACC Coastal Division, and fantasize about a Florida State - Miami ACC title game.

Click below to play the podcast

Posted on: August 1, 2011 3:05 pm

THROWBACK VIDEO: David Wilson pregame speech

Posted by Chip Patterson

Last year, Virginia Tech running back David Wilson operated as the specialized third backfield threat behind all-conference talent like Darren Evans and Ryan Williams. With both rushers taking their talents to the NFL, Hokie fans are looking to Wilson to carry the load behind new starting quarterback Logan Thomas.

Wilson, who was also a dynamic threat returning kicks in 2010, missed some time from spring drills while participating in track and field. While his 6th place finish in the NCAA triple-jump is commendable, fans are wondering if he will be able handle a starter's load.

Well after watching this video from 2009, I have no doubt that Wilson can inspire and be inspired. Wilson was selected to play in the 2009 IFAF World Championship against Canada. While that game does not carry a huge national relevance or following, Wilson was not about to take the opportunity lightly. For a big old dose of American football patriotism, watch the video below.

H/T: The Key Play

Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:28 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 9:42 am

PODCAST: Maryland OL Andrew Gonnella

Posted by Chip Patterson

In this latest edition of the CBS Sports College Football Podcast, Adam Aizer previews the upcoming season with Maryland guard Andrew Gonnella. The senior lineman started all 13 games in the Terps turnaround season in 2010, helping Maryland come within one game of the Atlantic Division crown.

Gonnella pulls back the curtain on the Maryland program, giving some insight on the Randy Edsall transition, what it's like blocking for ACC Rookie of the Year Danny O'Brien, and how he feels about starting the season with Miami and West Virginia early in the season.

Check out the podcast below, and don't forget to subscribe to the CBS Sports College Football Podcast on iTunes.

Posted on: July 31, 2011 8:10 pm

Syracuse WR charged with drug-related felonies

Posted by Chip Patterson

Syracuse starting wide receiver Marcus Sales will be looking to build on his three touchdown bowl game performance when he hits the field this fall. Unfortunately, his return to the field is now in jeopardy after Sales was charged with multiple drug-related felonies on Friday night.

The Post-Standard is reporting that Sales was pulled over after running a red light near Midland and Ballantyne avenues in Syracuse. Sales was in the car with his brother, Michael.
According to police reports, Sales was driving a vehicle officers saw pass through a red light without stopping at Midland and Ballantyne avenues.

There was an odor of marijuana in the car and Sales did not have a driver’s license with him but showed police an SU identification card. Police found three knotted pieces of plastic containing a green plant-like substance that tested positive for marijuana, a plastic baggie containing 180 Lortab (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) tablets, three digital scales, a plastic cup with gin and other baggies with devil, superman and pit bull insignias on them.

Police said Sales admitted he had been drinking the alcohol. Marcus Sales had $250 in cash in his possession and Michael Sales Jr. had $747 in cash, police reported.

Both were charged with fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. The fifth-degree possession charge accuses them of possessing the pills with intent to sell them based on the number of pills and packaging material found, police reported.

Marcus Sales also was charged with passing a red light, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle and violating the city’s open container law, police reported.

This is the second incident in the last several days threatening the status of a Syracuse skill position player. Backup running back and kick returner Prince-Tyson Gulley was stabbed early Friday during a campus brawl. Head coach Doug Marrone issued a statement on Sales' arrest Sunday afternoon.

"We are aware of the charges against Marcus Sales," Marrone said in the statement. "We will continue to work with the proper authorities and the university, and will handle the matter internally, according to the university and Athletics Department policies."

Sales was not even initially on the depth chart at the beginning of the 2010 season, but worked his way into the rotation by season's end. In Syracuse's 36-34 win over Kansas State in the Pinstripe Bowl, Sales pulled in five catches for 172 yards and three touchdowns. He is expected to be the starting receiver in 2011 opposite senior Van Chew.
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:26 pm

Everett Withers introduced as UNC interim coach

Posted by Chip Patterson

On Friday afternoon, Everett Withers was announced as the interim head coach of the North Carolina football program. Withers takes over just days after the abrupt dismissal of Butch Davis and less than a week before players report back to campus for training camp.

The way in which Davis was dismissed, and the timing in particular, has divided the North Carolina fan base and left many Tar Heels (players included) searching for answers. The administration made it clear they believed the best move was to promote from within immediately, and on Friday they officially introduced Withers to the media.

"We believe that he has the leadership, skills, and ability to take on this very difficult task," said athletic director Dick Baddour in his introductory comments. "We firmly believe he has the talent to stabilize this team and rally the players around each other."

Withers has served as North Carolina's defensive coordinator and secondary coach the last three seasons. He is a native of Charlotte, NC and spoke about watching Tar Heel greats like Amos Lawrence growing up, wishing one day he could play for North Carolina. Withers joked that he wasn't fast enough to play for the Tar Heels, but it was at Appalachian State where he played for then-coach Mack Brown. Withers said he has stayed in touch with Brown over the years, and credits the Texas head coach for helping start him down the coaching career path.

Taking over for Butch Davis amid NCAA allegations and possible sanctions is no easy task, particularly this close to the season. Withers explained his first task is to get the players and staff on the same page, ensuring everyone that they can get through these turbulent times together.

"We won't flinch as a football staff or a football team," Withers said. "What I mean by that is that we've been through a lot already, nothing that comes at us will bother us."

Still, Withers was unable to avoid questions regarding contact with Coach Davis (with whom he still texts) and if he had any knowledge of the wrongdoing while on staff at North Carolina. The former defensive coordinator explained that while previously he was consumed with the X's and O's of the defense, his primary job now is to hold the players accountable for their actions, and ensure the program is moving in the right direction towards success.

Withers, who is clearly not at a loss for adages, explained is simply: "It's not how heavy the load but how you carry it."

North Carolina reports to camp on Aug. 4 and begins practicing the following day.
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 3:48 pm

Report: Syracuse RB stabbed in campus brawl

Posted by Chip Patterson

Syracuse police are reporting that one man has been stabbed multiple times after a large fight broke out at a party on Syracuse campus. As of the release of the report the victim had not been named, but the injuries were not considered life threatening.

Multiple sources, including the student newspaper The Daily Orange, are reporting that the victim is Syracuse running back Prince-Tyson Gulley.

Gulley played in 10 games for Syracuse in 2010 as a freshman, where he was mostly a threat in the kick return game. Gulley averaged 23.7 yards per return, good enough for fourth in the Big East.

With Delone Carter graduated, Gulley is expected to move into the second-string running back spot behind Antwon Bailey.

The Syracuse athletic department has not been reached for comment.

Keep it here at the Eye on College Football for more on this story as it develops.
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:13 am

UNC's opponents see opportunity in Davis' exit

Posted by Chip Patterson

With Everett Withers officially named the interim coach at North Carolina, we can begin to take a look at how Butch Davis' dismissal will resonate across the ACC.

The initial reactions from other teams across the league seem to be that this fallout in Chapel Hill could mean opportunity for other teams. CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Travis Sawchik writes that Clemson could reclaim a recruiting hot-spot they once commanded.

"[North Carolina] was a fertile recruiting ground during [Clemson's] golden age during the 1980's," said Sawchik. "A weakened Tar Heel program could help Clemson recruit the bordering state, which it pluched five-star LB Stephone Anthony, who is from the Charlotte area, this spring."

But the advantage won't just be to other in-state schools and neighboring states. Steve Gorten, of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, said that while Davis was in Chapel Hill, Miami had "one big headache to deal with every season." Davis had a 3-1 record against his former team, often knocking off the Hurricanes as an underdog until Miami notched a 33-10 win against the Tar Heels in 2010. Just like he had at Miami, Davis was bringing in NFL-caliber talent to North Carolina and will no longer be a threat to the Hurricanes on the recruiting trail.

Withers, who has served as the Tar Heels' defensive coordinator, will be introduced as the interim coach during a press conference Friday afternoon. For now, it seems the "interim" tag is firm and the plan is for the next athletic director to hire the new head coach in time to sign the 2012 recruiting class. Until that next coach is named, expect the rest of the ACC to make up as much ground as possible on the recruiting trail.
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 2:50 pm

Pitt QB Gonzalez suspended two games

Posted by Chip Patterson

Pittsburgh quarterback Anthony Gonzalez will be suspended for the first two games of the season for a violation of team rules, head coach Todd Graham announced on Thursday.

The suspension stems from an arrest earlier this year in Gonzalez's hometown of Bethlehem, Pa. where the redshirt freshman was charged with marijuana possession, fake identification, and underage drinking. The citation was issued May 20, and Graham put Gonzalez on indefinite suspension until making the announcement on Thursday.

"A championship program has to be built on accountability and discipline, on and off the field," Graham said. "We know Anthony will learn from this experience and be better for it moving forward."

Gonzalez redshirted the 2010 season, and impressed coaches with his work during spring drills. The 6-foot-3 dual-threat quarterback was a recipient of the Ed Conway Award, the "most improved" award for Panthers' spring practice. Incumbent starter Tino Sunseri is expected to continue his role with the first string, but Gonzalez's improvement could make him a weapon for Todd Graham in the future.  

Barring an injury to Sunseri, Gonzalez will likely only miss some clean-up opportunities as the Panthers face Buffalo and Maine at home for the first two games of the season.
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