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Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Al Golden is tired of talking about 'swagger'

Posted by Chip Patterson

Emptying out the notebook from the ACC Football Kickoff earlier this week:

Miami head coach Al Golden on "Swagger":

"I'm so tired of talking about 'swagger.,'" Golden answered. "Swagger, as it was said to me by Alonzo Highsmith and so many of the other former players, was the by-product. It wasn't the product, it was the by-product.

"Just like throwing up 'the U' is the by-product, someone's making money off that. They sell t-shirts on that. For us, the swagger was developed from demonstrated performance, having a chip on your shoulder, and from work ethic. From being the hardest working team and being a tough team, playing with passion. All of the sudden you have people saying Miami plays with swagger.

"It only takes a couple years where you have kids that think you put on the uniform and automatically get swagger because you wear 'the U.' But they don't want to do the other things that made the U special. We have to get back to that, we have to get back to doing all those little things."

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall on his practice philosophy, and how the Terps reaction to the new speed:

"I'm not one of these guys that likes to waste a lot of time in practice," said Edsall. "Our practices are high tempo. I think if you ask our kids I think that was a shock to them, in terms of how we practice and how fast we practice. It's an up-tempo practice where we are going to get a lot of reps in and we're going to coach them on the run. Do our explaining in the meetings, but on the field we're constantly moving."

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson on the defensive struggles in the unit's first year under Al Groh:

"I think there were growing pains. With guys learning the terminology and the expectation level. But I'm excited about it, I think Al's [Groh] got a package. He's got a great reputation as being a defensive coach, and it's pretty evident if you're around the man for long he understands defense. I think that we'll have a good defense, their going to get better."

For more ACC Coverage, including much more from the ACC Football Kickoff in Pinehurst cruise over to the ACC Blog.
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:23 am
 

Dick Baddour stepping down as UNC AD

Posted by Chip Patterson

The firing of Butch Davis is not the only leadership change that will occur in the North Carolina athletic department in the coming months. When Chancellor Holden Thorp and athletic director Dick Baddour addressed the media to explain the dismissal of Davis, Baddour also announced that he plans to step aside as AD.

Baddour's contract is set to run through June 2012, and he informed the media that he has told Thorp to begin the search for his replacement "as soon as possible." Thorp elaborated that Baddour would join the school in representing the program in Indianapolis before the NCAA Committee on Infractions. Once the school selects a replacement, Baddour will step aside from day-to-day duties but he will remain under contract until it expires in June.

Baddour, who has served as North Carolina's athletic director for 14 years, was visibly shaken as he announced the conclusion of his tenure to the gathered media in Chapel Hill. Thorp took multiple questions on the timing of the dismissal, and thanked the current playes in his opening statement "for putting on a North Carolina uniform."

Thorp also announced that he would be interviewing the interim candidates Thursday afternoon, and all of the interim candidates are current coaches on the North Carolina staff. The announcement of the interim coach is expected in the next few days.
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:21 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 9:39 am
 

Davis: 'Personally did nothing wrong' at UNC

Posted by Chip Patterson

North Carolina head coach Butch Davis issued a statement Wednesday night in response to his abrupt dismissal. Davis wishes the best to the current team and coaches, and maintains that he "personally did nothing wrong" during his time as the head of the program

"My family and I were surprised and saddened to learn that I have been relieved of my duties as head football coach at Carolina. I am not naïve enough to have ever considered this situation anything less than a serious matter and a significant priority. I have worked as hard as possible to address all aspects of the program that have been questioned. I fully believe we were on our way to getting past these issues and moving ahead in a positive direction.

"My family and I have been able to endure this difficult period in our lives for several reasons: First and foremost, as a family we have known all along that I personally did nothing wrong. That is the truth. Second, we have also had remarkable support from friends, family, the players, our coaching staff and so many others within the Tar Heel community. That these players and coaches were able to achieve the success they did last season, under such circumstances, makes me enormously proud.

"Moving forward, I wish only the best for the current team and coaches. For the players in particular, I wish them nothing but success on the field and in the classroom. The coaches already know how I feel about them. I couldn't be more proud of their hard work and dedication. In fact, during the past year or so, my respect and love for our players, the coaching staff and the football administrative staff has grown enormously. It's a wonderful group of people and I will miss them all.


Davis went on to elaborate that he would not be doing any interviews or discuss his future. He explained he did not want to be any further distraction to the current players and staff as they prepare to begin camp.

Davis' dismissal has seen some significant blowback from certain members of the North Carolina community. Many of the fans are upset with the timing, but the most concerning distaste has been on the current roster. As CBSSports.com's Brett Friedlander reported last night, some players have even begun to discuss the option of leaving the program.

"Some guys have been calling each other and have said they might want to leave," junior wide receiver Jheranie Boyd told the Gaston Gazette. "He’s a big reason a lot of the players came to UNC."

The sting of losing your head coach is still very real for these players, and I would probably chalk that comment up to emotion. But it is an immediate concern for North Carolina to make sure that the recruits in the 2012 class are still interested in the program. Davis has been referred to over and over again as a "players coach," and whoever takes the seat for the interim will need to put in work immediately to reaffirm recruits' commitment to the university.
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:47 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 9:32 am
 

Butch Davis fired as UNC football coach

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: Quotes from the official university release.

Chancellor Holden Thorp

"To restore confidence in the University of North Carolina and our football program, it's time to make a change," said Thorp. "What started as a purely athletic issue has begun to chip away at this University's reputation. I have been deliberate in my approach to understanding this situation fully, and I have worked to be fair to everyone involved. However, I have lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution. Our academic integrity is paramount and we must work diligently to protect it. The only way to move forward and put this behind us is to make a change."

Thorp said the decision was not related to any change in the NCAA investigation, but that it was the result of the cumulative damage to the University's reputation over the past year.

"Athletics and football are an important part of this University, and a successful football program is essential to the overall health of our athletic program," Thorp continued. "That's why we have to put this behind us and move forward."

Athletic Director Dick Baddour

"I want to thank Butch Davis and his family for their four-plus years of service and dedication to the University and the Chapel Hill community," said Baddour. "My staff and I will work with Chancellor Thorp to transition to an interim head coach as soon as possible. It is critical that we do all we can to help our students and other staff members on the football team since preseason training camp begins in just eight days."

The timing of the dismissal comes after a change in leadership and the induction of new members to the school's Board of Trustees.  Below are some details of the new BOT members, via InsideCarolina.com

According to a source, Davis, athletic director Dick Baddour and chancellor Holden Thorp held a closed door meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

The Board of Trustees had a regularly scheduled 1 p.m. meeting on Wednesday at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, including a session that was closed.

The Board of Trustees, a 13-member board that governs the University welcomed new leadership and new members on Wednesday. Wade H. Hargrove, a Raleigh a corporate and national media lawyer and partner with Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, was elected chairman. W. Lowry Caudill of Durham, co-founder of Magellan Laboratories and retired president of Pharmaceutical Development for Cardinal Health, and Steven J. Lerner of Chapel Hill, founder and chairman of the Board of Directors of both Capstrat and FGI and managing partner of the Blue Hill Group, were also sworn into office.

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Butch Davis has been fired as head coach of the North Carolina football team, according to CBSSports.com sources.

The termination comes after the new Board of Trustees met in a closed session today to discuss the future of the football program. Davis remained employed for over a year as North Carolina has undergone NCAA investigation for both impermissible benefits and academic improprieties. Earlier this summer, North Carolina received their Notice of Allegations from the NCAA - which detailed 9 different violations being alleged against the football program.

Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:38 pm
 

ACC announces Preseason All-Conference team

Posted by Chip Patterson

On Monday the media at the ACC Football Kickoff voted for the Preseason All-ACC team. The veteran group is made up entirely of juniors and seniors, and is led by Boston College's Preseason Player of the Year Montel Harris. Harris, along with Eagle teammate Luke Kuechly and N.C. State tight end George Bryan all earned preseason and end of the year all-conference honors in 2010. Kuechly was also named a unanimous first-team All-American heading into the 2011 season.

Here is the full rundown of the 2011 ACC Preseason Team:
            

Offense

 

Pos. Name (Votes)                                          Ht      Wt       Class             Hometown

WR  Conner Vernon, Duke (20)                      6-2     195      Junior            Miami, Fla.                              

WR  Dwight Jones, North Carolina (26)          6-4     225      Senior            Burlington, N.C.                                 

TE    George Bryan, NC State (40)                   6-5     265      Senior            Castle Hayne, N.C.

T      Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech (30) 6-5     312      Senior            Midlothian, Va.                                   

T      Andrew Datko, Florida State (29)            6-6     321      Senior            Weston, Fla.

G     Brandon Washington, Miami (28)            6-4     320      Senior            Miami, Fla.                                          

G     Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech (21)          6-3     300      Junior            Lithonia, Ga.

C      Tyler Horn, Miami (18)                            6-4     305      Senior            Memphis, Tenn.

QB   EJ Manuel, Florida State (23)                   6-5     245      Junior            Virginia Beach, Va.

RB   Montel Harris, Boston College (49)         5-10   200      Senior            Jacksonville, Fla.

RB   Andre Ellington, Clemson (19)                5-10   190      Junior            Moncks Corner, S.C.

 

Defense

 

Pos. Name (Votes)                                          Ht      Wt       Class             Hometown                 

DE   Brandon Jenkins, Florida State (44)         6-3     265      Junior            Tallahassee, Fla.

DE   Quinton Coples, North Carolina (38)       6-6     285      Senior            Kinston, N.C.

DT   Tydreke Powell, North Carolina (21)       6-3     310      Senior            Ahoskie, N.C.

DT   Brandon Thompson, Clemson (21)          6-2     310      Senior            Thomasville, Ga.

LB   Luke Kuechly, Boston College (49)         6-3     235      Junior            Cincinnati, Ohio

LB   Sean Spence, Miami (35)                         6-0     224      Senior            Miami, Fla.

LB   Kenny Tate, Maryland (23)                      6-4     220      Senior            Forestville, Md.

CB   Chase Minnifield, Virginia (38)               6-0     185      Senior            Lexington, Ky..

CB   Jayron Hosely, Virginia Tech (32)           5-10   170      Junior            Delray Beach, Fla.

S      Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami (36)              6-4     215      Junior            Sanford, Fla.

S      Eddie Whitley, Virginia Tech (17)           6-1     187      Senior            Charlotte, N.C.

 

Specialists

 

Pos. Name (Votes)                                          Ht      Wt       Class             Hometown

PK   Will Snyderwine, Duke (18)                     5-11   190      Senior            Potomac, Md..

P      Dawson Zimmerman, Clemson (21)         6-0     205      Senior            Lawrenceville, Ga..

SP    Greg Reid, Florida State (22)                   5-8     186      Junior            Valdosta, Ga.


Posted on: July 26, 2011 6:19 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 10:21 am
 

PODCAST: Revisiting ACC Media Days

Posted by Chip Patterson

Finally back from the ACC Football Kickoff in Pinehurst, N.C., I sat down with Adam Aizer and J. Darin Darst to rehash some of the lessons we learned, best stories from the event, and take some time to preview the upcoming season in the ACC. From my experience playing Pinehurst No. 4 with Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien to an introduction to "Jimbo-isms," we peel back the curtain on a conference in transition.

10 of the 12 teams in the conference have undergone a coaching change since 2007, and now the conference seeks to break through on the national stage. Adam, Darin, and I discuss how important non-conference matchups are for that breakthrough, and identify the most important showdown on the 2011 schedule.

Tune in below and don't forget to subscribe to the College Football Podcast on iTunes.





Posted on: July 26, 2011 6:08 pm
 

PHOTO: NC State's new uniforms for 2011

Posted by Chip Patterson

N.C. State will have a new look in 2011.

It won't just be new starting quarterback Mike Glennon, or Audie Cole taking over Nate Irving's spot at middle linebacker. The entire roster will look different on the field thanks to their new state-of-the-art uniforms.

As CBSSports.com's Mike Potter reported earlier today, the Wolfpack will don a brand new uniform style and fabric in the upcoming season. The new jerseys will have "STATE" across the chest, while the white pants will carry the "Block S" logo. N.C. State football is under contract with adidas, and the company will suit the team up with new TechFit fabric, which boasts a more "breathable and comfortable fit" for the players.

"The uniforms have a very clean, traditional look," said head coach Tom O'Brien in the official release. "Our older fans will like them because they are reminiscent of the uniforms of great teams of the past and our current players will like them because they are stylish, comfortable and actually have elements that will benefit them on the field of play."

What are your thoughts on the new threads? Sign into CBSSports.com and let us know in the comment section below.
Posted on: July 26, 2011 5:00 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Miami 'buying in' to Al Golden's new culture

Posted by Chip Patterson

PINEHURST, N.C. - Miami head coach Al Golden is not an unfamiliar character to the college football scene. The former Penn State tight end has surrounded himself with football his entire life, never taking a year off from being a player, graduate assistant, assistant or head coach. But his arrival in Coral Gables to coach the Hurricanes marks his first stop as the head coach of a FBS program, not to mention one with the reputation of Miami.

Golden has no direct ties to the University of Miami, unlike his predecessor Randy Shannon. Shannon played for and coached for the Hurricanes for 21 years, most notably being a starting linebacker on the 1987 championship team. But once promoted to head coach, the Hurricanes began to slide into an uncommon mediocrity. Shannon's recruiting classes were among the best in the country, but his career record was just 28-22. Shannon was a great defensive coordinator for the Hurricanes, and will likely find himself on the sidelines again in the future. But what intangibles will Golden bring to the job to jump-start a sputtering Miami program?

"He's a disciplinarian, but he's a players' coach as well, explained senior center Tyler Horn. "He expects a lot from us, but none of his expectations are out reach. There's no reason we can't do things like go to class, and there is a zero tolerance policy."

Saying things like "going to class" seem foolish is correct, but it's also pretty foolish to be one of the most penalized teams in the nation. Last season, the Hurricanes shot themselves in the foot time and again because of a mental lapse that resulted in a costly flag. Golden is willing to accept a few holding penalties here and there, but the flagrant flags and personal fouls is where the Hurricanes' new coach draws the line. He believes that discipline is a big part of those penalties, and in order to develop proper technique and eliminate those lapses it will take some time and hard effort.

"I'm very process-oriented," Golden said. "I believe in putting my head down and going to work, doing the things that we need to do on a daily basis as an organization to improve."

For the Hurricanes, that process began in spring practice. Former Hurricanes like Michael Irvin traveled down to South Florida to help Golden kick-start the new attitude for Miami football. That hard-nosed attitude continued after spring practice as the Canes went through a rigorous offseason training program. There were horror stories floating around players' circles about guys running and working harder than ever, often pushing themselves to the point of having to stop to vomit. This kind of story happens at football camps everywhere, but it was apparently noteworthy enough to be pointed out by the players. Senior linebacker Sean Spence did not have any puke stories, but he did say on Sunday that he feels the team is in the best shape of their lives right now.

That team, particularly Spence and the senior class, is made up of All-Everything-caliber recruits. It's a class that was heralded upon arrival, but has yet to see a season with double-digit wins. Golden said that he's been through four different regime changes since he started coaching, and more than any other situation, this group of Miami seniors have shown total support for the new staff.

"The seniors are usually the ones that spit you out, who don't buy in, are skeptical and mistrust," said Golden. "This group pretty much has said 'since we got here, here's what we came here to do. We haven't done it, we're running out of time, show us how to get there. We'll do whatever you need us to do.'"

Golden's description of the seniors' attitude echoed the sentiments from Tyler Horn the day before.

"We realized last year 7-6 just wasn't going to cut it," Horn said. "Obviously we were doing something wrong. We realize that now."

So here is their chance. Players like Horn, Spence, Jacory Harris, Travis Benjamin, Harland Gunn, Ramon Buchannan and so many more won't have another chance to accomplish their goals in a Miami uniform. Since 2006, Miami has never even finished higher than 3rd place in the Coastal Division. With Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech looking to break in new quarterbacks and re-stock defenses; Miami could be a dark horse for their first Coastal Division crown in 2011.

Miami has played for, and won, more national championships than any team in the ACC. The only problem is that none of it has happened since joining the ACC. No one expects the Hurricanes to be title contenders in 2011, but competing for a conference crown can certainly be a great start.
 
 
 
 
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