Deacons Direct Blog Archives: August 18-31, 2008

NFL Update: 12 Deacons Survive Final Cut, Make 53-Man Rosters
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
August 31, 2008 - 9:30 a.m.

The deadline for NFL teams to make their final roster cuts was Saturday. Of the 18 former Demon Deacons in training camps around the country this summer, 12 of them made the cut for teams' 53-man rosters. Six Deacons were cut within the past week.

A number of veterans were obvious choices to make the cut, but some recent draftees also found themselves with jobs at the end of the day on Saturday. Most noticeably, 2008 Wake Forest graduate Steve Justice is battling for the Indianapolis Colts' starting center job. Jeff Saturday, who has snapped the ball for the Colts for each of the past eight seasons, went down with a knee injury in a preseason game against the Bills.

Justice and fellow rookie center Jamey Richard (a 2008 seventh-round draftee out of Buffalo) are in competition to assume Saturday's starting role. According to this article, Colts coach Tony Dungy has yet to name a starter even though quarterback Peyton Manning apparently thinks Richard is the guy.

Second-year veteran linebacker Jyles Tucker has quickly made a name for himself with the San Diego Chargers. Undrafted out of Wake Forest, Tucker turned in a solid rookie campaign and was recently rewarded with a new guaranteed contract.

Steve Vallos, a second-year player for the Seattle Seahawks, made the 53-man roster after spending the 2007 season on Seattle's practice squad. Vallos is projected to be a backup on the Seahawks' offensive line.

Rookie defensive end Jeremy Thompson made the Green Bay Packers' roster after the team drafted him in the fourth round in 2008. However, Thompson's brother Orrin (who played collegiately at Duke) was released by the Packers on Saturday.

Six former Deacons did not fare as well on cut day. Wide receiver Kenny Moore (Detroit Lions) and safety Patrick Ghee (Washington Redskins) were cut on Saturday. Fullback Jon Abbate (Houston Texans), wide receiver Chris Davis (Tennessee Titans), safety Josh Gattis (Chicago Bears) and tight end John Tereshinski (San Diego Chargers) were all cut earlier in the week. All six Deacons who were released are eligible for teams' practice squads if they clear waivers.

Deacons Who Made the Cut (12):
Tyson Clabo, OL, Atlanta Falcons
Desmond Clark, TE, Chicago Bears
Steve Justice, C, Indianapolis Colts
Eric King, CB, Tennessee Titans
Ovie Mughelli, FB, Atlanta Falcons
Calvin Pace, LB, New York Jets
Ryan Plackemeier, P, Seattle Seahawks
Fred Robbins, DT, New York Giants
Jeremy Thompson, DE, Green Bay Packers
Jyles Tucker, LB, San Diego Chargers
Steve Vallos, OG, Seattle Seahawk
Joe Zelenka, LS, Jacksonville Jaguars

Deacons Who Were Released Last Week (6):
Jon Abbate, FB, Houston Texans
Chris Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
Josh Gattis, S, Chicago Bears
Patrick Ghee, S, Washington Redskins
Kenny Moore, WR, Detroit Lions
John Tereshinski, TE, San Diego Chargers

A Gameday Look at what the newspapers are saying
Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
August 28, 2008

The International Herald Tribune has a preview of Thursday night's Wake Forest-Baylor game (courtesy of the Associated Press)


The Waco Tribune-Herald's Brice Cherry has a nice profile of cornerback Alphonso Smith


Baylor head coach Art Briles is keeping his starting quarterback a state secret.


Paul Myerberg of the New York Times devotes a great deal of space to the Deacons on the New York Times College Football Blog from early August.


John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald has a preview of tonight's game.


The Tribune-Herald has a nice interactive piece on each team:.


Lenox Rawlings offers a look at head coach Jim Grobe and a look at the season:


Dan Collins has a look at how the Deacons feel about their preseason expectations.


Ed Hardin of the Greensboro News-Record thinks these are the glory days for Wake Forest but Jim Grobe disagrees


Edward Robinson of the Raleigh News & Observer profiles quarterback Riley Skinner.


Bob Sutton of the Burlington Times-News has a preview of tonight's game.

Off to the Races
Posted by Kathryn Hamlett, WFU Media Relations
August 27, 2008 - 1:26 p.m.

The 2008 Football schedule was officially announced on February 8 and everyone in the athletic department has heard the words Baylor, Bears and Waco in some capacity nearly every day since then. I've especially enjoyed the Waco Watch countdown from one of the WFU message boards that pops up on my Google alerts most mornings.

Well the countdown is just about up. The team boarded the buses outside of Manchester, armed with Chick-fil-A to-go bags and travel gear at 12:30 today. The rain from Hurricane Fay that has been stationed over the Triad since Monday slowed to a drizzle while most of the loading was completed. At 12:54 (the bus departure time was 1 p.m.) the bottom dropped out and Mother Nature wished the team well with a small hail storm and a huge downpour of rain.

Scott Wortman, Assistant Director of Media Relations, is warming up his blogging muscles as we speak and will be keeping you all updated from Waco. Be sure to check out the Game Day Blog Page for a behind-the-scenes look from the road.

Football: Tuesday Press Conference Video
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
August 27, 2008 - 10:45 a.m.

There is now archived video of yesterday's football press conference. We were a little late on getting the deep links back from CBS College Sports yesterday, so the video was not posted until this morning. Visit this page for the links. One note, however, the audio for Alphonso Smith and Riley Skinner is not the greatest. My apologies...

There is now archived video of yesterday's football press conference. We were a little late on getting the deep links back from CBS College Sports yesterday, so the video was not posted until this morning. Visit this page for the links. One note, however, the audio for Alphonso Smith and Riley Skinner is not the greatest. My apologies...

Wake Forest Football Potpourri
Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
August 27, 2008 - 9:27 a.m.

The Deacons depart from Manchester Center today at 1 p.m. and bus to Greensboro before flying to Waco.  The team will stay in Temple, Texas tonight.


Indianapolis Colts starting center Jeff Saturday injured the MCL in his right knee recently.  Saturday is weighing his options, whether to try and rehab the injury or undergo surgery.  That opens the door for former Deac Steve Justice who appears to be first in line to start at center for the Colts.  Justice has split time during preseason camp at center and left guard.


Linebacker Aaron Curry has been named to the ESPN.Com Preseason All-America team by Ivan Maisel.


Heather Dinich of ESPN.Com has RB Josh Adams, Curry, CB Alphonso Smith, S Chip Vaughn and PK Sam Swank on her Preseason All-ACC team .


In case you missed it, ESPN analysts Mark May and Lou Holtz pick the Deacs to win the ACC this season.


Who's the best coach in college football?  According to College Football News, it's Urban Meyer of Florida.  But Wake Forest's Jim Grobe is No. 6.

Men's Basketball: Schedule to be Released Tuesday Afternoon
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
August 25, 2008 - 2:00 p.m.

The much-anticipated 2008-09 men's basketball schedule is set to be released by the ACC office on Tuesday, Aug. 26, in the afternoon. We will have Wake Forest's schedule posted on our website shortly thereafter.

This season's schedule features some interesting matchups, both in conference and out of conference. In terms of the games that have already been announced, Wake Forest will host Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and the Deacons will travel out West to play in the Anaheim Classic over Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for the complete schedule tomorrow.

NFL Update: Good News and Bad News
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
August 25, 2008 - 9:30 a.m.

With the start of the NFL season less than two weeks away, a number of former Demon Deacons are competing for starting jobs and roster spots around the league. Over the weekend, it was a good news/bad news situation for Wake Forest alums.

First the good news. Linebacker-turned-fullback Jon Abbate re-signed with the Houston Texans. After spending the 2007 season on injured reserve, Abbate had been cut by the Texans in July of 2008. On Sunday, Houston placed wide receiver Harry Williams on IR which opened up a spot for Abbate.

However, on the heels of Abbate's signing came the news that safety Josh Gattis had been cut by the Chicago Bears. Gattis, who was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007, played in four games with the Bears in 2007.

Volleyball: Black & Gold Scrimmage
Posted by Gary Petit, WFU Media Relations
August 23, 2008 - 9:54 p.m.

I can't imagine anybody leaving the volleyball intrasquad scrimmage this afternoon, not excited about this upcoming season. The combination of youth and experience was on display and both were something to behold.

I know I wasn't the only one in the stands to let out an occasional "wow" after a strong swing. Natalie Mullikin and Ashley Homitz provided the experience as a number of Mullikin's kills came off quick sets and the ball seemed to be a blur coming off her hand. Homitz also dropped some nifty soft shots over the block that seemed to baffle the defenders.

The youth was also on display as freshmen Carlin Salmon (pronounced SALL-mon), Madison Vain and Kadija Fornah had impressive days. Salmon did most of her work in the middle, putting away powerful kills and also a couple of solo blocks. Vain, who is a left-handed outside hitter, and Fornah both looked solid swinging from the outside. Cambrey Oehler was another freshman who played well, taking good swings from the back row and also playing good defense.

It was good to see Kate Rodriguez and Sally Fischer have good scrimmages today. Both players' seasons were cut short last year by injuries but each played well this afternoon. Rodriguez had good swings on the outside and can be an asset for the Deacs this season.

Sophomore Kristen White has been hampered by a nagging foot injury so far this fall but she continued to show why she is one of the better outside hitters in the ACC. She hit well all afternoon and the foot appeared to be fine.

Today's scrimmage was not without error, but looking at the mix of young and old talent, I didn't see any sign of the eight-win 2007 team. The future of Wake volleyball is bright and the 2008 season should be one of the more exciting seasons in recent years.

Track & Field: Michael Bingham and Great Britain 4x400 relay team advance to the finals
Posted by Gary Petit, WFU Media Relations
August 22, 2008 - 9:28 a.m.

Fifth-year senior Michael Bingham was the last member of the Wake Forest contingent to compete in Beijing as he and the rest of the Great Britain 4x400-meter relay team won its heat and qualified for the finals this morning.

Great Britain won the second heat with a season best time of 2:59.33, which narrowly edged the U.S. team for the top qualifying spot. The Americans won the first heat in 2:59.98. According to Bingham's coach, he ran a blistering 44.50 in his 400-meter split, which would have bettered his personal-best time of 45.57.

Bingham and the rest of the Great Britain runners arrived in China on Aug. 8 but stayed and trained on a island about 3 hours from Beijing. The coaches didn't want to over expose the runners to the air conditions in Beijing.

Bingham and his teammates arrived in Bejing early this past week and had a couple of final training sessions before this morning's race.

The finals are set for Saturday at 9 p.m. in Beijing which means 9 a.m. here in the states. NBC will air the race in primetime on Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Football: Wake Forest and the NFLPA
Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
August 21, 2008 - 9:45 p.m.

We noted the passing of NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw and, thanks to an e-mail from Beth Hopkins, the wife of former Deacon fullback Larry Hopkins, we learned of the connection between the NFLPA and Wake Forest.

Clark Gaines, an All-ACC running back at Wake Forest in 1974-75, is now the assistant executive director of the National Football League Players Association.

Gaines (who is pictured below) came to Wake Forest in 1974 after becoming one of the top junior college running backs in the country at Lees-McRae Junior College in Banner Elk, NC.  But a knee injury in preseason practice prior to the 1974 season limited him to just 329 rushing yards as a junior. He had recovered sufficiently by the end of the season to run for 132 yards against South Carolina.

As a senior, Gaines earned All-ACC honors by rushing for 929 yards. He started the season with 124 yards rushing against SMU and followed it with 123 yards in a 30-22 upset of NC State. A tri-captain for the Deacons, Gaines finished second in the league in rushing in 1975.

Undrafted by the NFL, Gaines received a tryout from former NC State coach Lou Holtz who had since joined the Jets and Gaines worked his way up the depth chart in 1976.

After leading all NFL rookies in rushing in 1976, Gaines was named the Jets' MVP in a vote of his teammates. In the process, he set a franchise record with four 100-yard rushing games in a season and was named to the NFL's All-Rookie team. After missing the 1978 season due to an injury, he returned in 1979, rushing for over 900 yards and led the AFC in rushing average with 4.9 yards per carry.

During the course of his career, Gaines set the franchise record by catching 17 passes in a game against the 49ers.  He spent seven seasons in the NFL, five with the Jets and the last two with the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to Wikipedia, Gaines has been employed by the NFLPA for 22 years and was promoted to assistant executive director in April 2008.

It has been very interesting to pore through Gaines' file in the Athletic Media Relations office. There are a myriad of stories from the New York area newspapers, many with juicy nuggets of information. One story claims that part of the reason Gaines made the Jets team as a rookie free agent was due to his blocking skills. "On successive days in training camp (Gaines) sent two cornerbacks to the hospital with devastating hits," according to one article.

After spending most of the first six weeks of his rookie season playing on special teams, Gaines moved into the starting lineup when Ed Marinaro (remember him as a uniform officer in Hill Street Blues?) injured a foot against New England. Gaines picked up 102 yards in his first career start against Baltimore then added 119 against Buffalo.

It was interesting to note that Gaines was a rookie in the same season as former Ohio State Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin who was playing with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The New York Jets media guide notes that he was born and raised in Elberton, Ga. And that his father died of a lung disease from working in the granite quarries of Elberton. It also states and Clark was one of 13 African-American students who volunteered to integrate Elbert County High.

Football: Primetime with the Packman
Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
August 21, 2008 - 10:00 a.m.

I was driving around on Tuesday afternoon and tuned into "Primetime with the Packman" on 790 AM as Mark Packer was talking with ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit.  They were discussing the ACC football race and how Clemson should win the title this year.  Either Pack or Herbstreit mentioned that Clemson and Wake Forest were the only teams capable of winning the title this fall.

Packer started to sing the praises of Jim Grobe as I fumbled for my digital recorder and tried to hold it up to the nearest speaker.  I didn't get the first 20 or 30 seconds of Herbstreit's analysis but did catch this much:

"You've got a quarterback in Riley Skinner who's been around.  Josh Adams can run the football.  You touched on their defense.  Almost their entire defense is back.  You know what's great about being a Wake Forest player and fan?  Nobody still respects them.  When they play teams, teams still see that Wake Forest uniform and they think of 2-9 and 3-8 and those kinds of years.  And they think `this is going to be an easy win, no problem.'  And they can still sneak up on people.  I would put Clemson and Wake Forest right up there at the top of who's going to wind up winning the ACC."

Herbstreit tabbed North Carolina and Miami as the top two teams in the Coastal Division.

Grobe Addresses The Spirit of the OG&B
Posted by Katy Hamlett, WFU Media Relations
August 20, 2008 - 7:02 p.m.

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about college football season? You're at work typing up another boring report or washing dishes at home when suddenly your mind leaps to September and you can feel the crisp fall air, smell the brats roasting at the tailgate and hear the marching band striking up the fight song in the distance.

Well anyone that happened to be around the Doc Martin Practice Complex at 5:20 p.m. today got a vivid reminder that college football is just about here. The Spirit of the Old Gold and Black, Wake Forest's marching band, greeted the football players after practice with a round of "Fanfare" and other favorites. It really got the players pumped up and left anyone within earshot just drooling over the upcoming season. Maybe next time the band will bring brats too.

The Spirit of the Old Gold and Black (SOTOGAB for texters) has more members than ever before. In addition to bigger numbers, the band will be sporting brand new uniforms as well as new instruments on the field this fall.

Coach Grobe talked with Dr. Kevin Bowen, Director of Bands and Philip Morgan, Associate Director of Bands, after football practice and then addressed the entire group.

"We count on you guys to help us get over the top," Grobe told the group. "You are extremely important to us and play a big part in our success."

Click on the thumbnails for full versions:

Coach Grobe with Dr. Kevin Bowen and Philip Morgan.

Photo Slideshows of Fan Fest and Deacon Tower
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
August 20, 2008 - 12:15 p.m.

Here are a couple of links to photo slideshows of last weekend's Fan Fest as well as a tour of Deacon Tower. The photos are courtesy of Jeff Hyde of Aesthetic Images Photography.

Fan Fest Slideshow
Deacon Tower Slideshow

Men's & Women's Soccer Teams Impressive on Tuesday
Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
August 20, 2008 - 12:05 a.m.

The Wake Forest soccer teams posted impressive performances on Tuesday as the No. 21 women's team opened up the day with a 5-0 shutout of Vanderbilt. The defending national champion and preseason No. 1 men's team closed out the day with an equally impressive 5-1 victory over Wofford.

Jill Hutchinson scored two goals to lead the Deacs over the Commoodres. Amanda Barasha was impressive in goal, making six saves, without allowing a goal. In the nightcap, 2008 Hermann Trophy candidate Marcus Tracy scored three second half goals, after fellow Hermann Trophy watch list member Cody Arnoux tallied two goals in the opening 45 minutes.

The exhibition season is over for the Wake Forest women's team as it will host Utah in its regular season opener on Friday at 7 p.m. The men have one final exhibition match against Furman on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Spry Stadium before opening the regular season on Friday, August 29, against VCU in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Media Test Run During Tuesday Scrimmage
Posted by Kathryn Hamlett, WFU Media Relations
August 19, 2008 - 9:39 p.m.

Tuesday night's scrimmage served as a media test run in Deacon Tower. There was a lot of ooo-ing and ahhh-ing during the tours in the afternoon, which is why it was pretty fun being a tour guide. Here were some of our talking points for the media:

• Main media area seating for 90 media members
• Individual storage for laptop holders, notebooks, etc. behind all three rows of media seating (trust me, this was very exciting for our reporters)
• Photo deck with roof access that includes a great view of Winston-Salem skyline
• Windows with retractable glass to allow for open air viewing in TV and radio rooms
• 184 televisions inside the facility (most are flat screens)

And that's just to name a very few. The media members then had a run through of game day operations during the scrimmage. Here are some pics from the evening action (click on the thumbnails for full-size version):

Views from the sideline.

Dave Goren from WXII strikes a pose (he never misses a photo op!), while the refs check out the instant replay on the right.

Jamie Baldwin from WFMY takes in the view from the photo deck.

The skyline view from the roof and the national television broadcast room, which features retractable windows, a ceiling grid for lighting and backdrops and black walls for digital backgrounds.

Indoor Tennis Center Updates
Posted by Kathryn Hamlett, WFU Media Relations
August 19, 2008 - 12:05 p.m.

This morning head women's tennis coach Chad Skorupka stopped by the Media Relations office to get started on the All-America banners project for the Indoor Tennis Center. The plan is to line the seating area between the courts with photos of all our WFU tennis All-Americans. Ideally we can get everything together and placed before Wake hosts the ITA Women's Tennis Regionals, set for Oct. 22-27.

We dug around in our archives for material, which is always fun in a sports-nerd kind of way.

Skorupka in a classic sports information action shot.

Volleyball: Rule Changes for 2008 Season
Posted by Gary Petit, WFU Media Relations
August 19, 2008 - 10:36 a.m.

There have been a handful of rule changes for the 2008 women's volleyball season with the main intent being to sustain a high level of fan and player excitement throughout the match.

Before we can get into the major changes, I need to clear up a terminology change. The term "game" will now be changed to "set". Meaning, a team must now win three "sets" in order to win a match. This change was made because throughout the world, the term set is more commonly used.

Having cleared that up, the significant difference this season comes in the amount of points it takes a team to win "sets" one through four. The first team to reach 25 points (instead of 30) and hold a two point lead will win the set. However, the fifth set will still be played to 15.

Why shorten the length of a match? The change was designed with the fan in mind. The NCAA Women's Volleyball Rules Committee along with the Championship Committee decided that there was a reduction in the intensity in the middle of a set that was played to 30. This way, the sets will hopefully be more exciting and keep the fans and players attention throughout the set.

The substitution rule has also been modified because of the point change. Each team will only be allowed 12 subs per set rather than 15 because of the shorter sets.

One final difference fans may notice in 2008 will come in the referee's judgment of ball handling errors. The rules committee has instructed the referee to only call "obvious" ball handling infractions as opposed to every minor infraction.

Too many times, fans (and some players) failed to realize why the referee called a ball handling error on a player who made a great athletic play. The error may have been minor and had come as a result of a player diving or sliding on the floor. The NCAA wanted to reward these type of plays as well as reduce the amount of referee whistles during a rally. So only the major infractions will be whistled, which should make for more exciting rallies.

Men's & Women's Soccer: Both Teams in Action Today
Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
August 19, 2008 - 9:10 a.m.

If you're a Wake Forest soccer fan, it doesn't get much better than today. Both the 21st ranked women's team and the top ranked and defending national champion men's team are in action at Spry Stadium today. The women host Vanderbilt at 1 p.m., while the men welcome Wofford to Spry Stadium at 7 p.m.

Tonight's game vs. Wofford should be special as the men's soccer team will be honoring Genna Wiley, the wife of former trainer Steve Wiley. Genna passed away from cancer three days after Wake Forest won the national title in 2007. The Deacons will wear commemorative pink Nike jerseys tonight in her memory and fans will have the opportunity to bid on these game-worn jerseys in a silent auction that will be held before and during the game. Fans will also have the opportunity to make a donation of their choice when they enter the game. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Come out and support both Deacon soccer teams today!

Track & Field: Watch Former Demon Deacon Standout Hunter Kemper Compete in the Triathlon Tonight in Beijing
Posted by Gary Petit, WFU Media Relations
August 18, 2008 - 8:03 p.m.

Wake Forest graduate Hunter Kemper will respresent Team USA tonight as he competes in the triathlon in Beijing. The race will start at 10 pm EST.


This is the third different Olympic Games that Kemper has competed in. He finished ninth four years ago in Athens after finishing 17th at the Sydney Games in 2000. He is also a former USOC Triathlete of the Year so he has the ability to shine at the highest level.


Catch all of the action by logging onto

Cross Country: Teams Leave for Camp in Flat Rock, N.C.
Posted by Lynn Enterline, WFU Media Relations
August 18, 2008 - 4:45 p.m.

The men's and women's cross country teams reported to campus yesterday. Today, 37 coaches and student-athletes left for a three-day camp at Flat Rock, N.C., which is located about 170 miles southwest of campus. Both teams will host the Wake Forest Relays at Tanglewood Park on August 29, with the women's relay beginning at 5 p.m. and the men's relay slated to start at 5:45 p.m.


Men's Basketball: Roster Updated with Heights, Weights and Head Shots
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
August 18, 2008 - 3:45 p.m.

We have just updated the men's basketball roster today to include new heights, weights and head shots. Because much is made of what a certain player is listed at (see: Michael Beasley being 1.5 inches taller in college than in the NBA), let me explain our process for the updating that of the basketball team.

First off, it's not an exact science. We try to be as accurate as possible to avoid any Beasley-type slip-ups. Towards the end of each summer the players' heights and weights are recorded by the strength & conditioning staff. That list is then passed along to me, and I adjust the roster accordingly.

Here's where the inexact science comes in to play. Just because a player weighs x amount today does not mean he'll be that same weight tomorrow or the next week. I tend to round to the nearest sensible digit for an approximate weight that can be listed throughout the season. For example, Ishmael Smith (who gained 10 more pounds since last season) weighed in at 177. In terms of listing him, Ish is probably closer to 175 than he is to 180.

Height is more exact than weight because it tends to change less dramatically. However, there are cases in which you have to round one way or the other. Chas McFarland, for example, was actually measured to be 7'0.5" tall but is ultimately listed at 7'0".

In terms of big gainers for this year, freshmen Al-Farouq Aminu and Tony Woods proved to be larger than what they were listed at in high school. Each is an inch taller, and Tony is 15 pounds heavier. Most players gained some weight from when the roster was last adjusted, and some even bumped up in height.

Photo day was also earlier this month for the team, and all were in attendance except for Chas and Jeff Teague. Chas was having his tonsils removed, while Jeff had a dentist appointment. So with the exception of those two (who will have to get a make-up head shot later this month), everybody should have a nice new mug on the website.

Field Hockey: Picture Day!
Posted by Kathryn Hamlett, WFU Media Relations
August 18, 2008 - 1:05 p.m.

Before practice on Sunday afternoon, the field hockey squad struck a few poses for the team photo that will be featured in the upcoming media guide. Here is the final photo and a few extras, including group pics with the team's senior class.

Introducing Deacons Direct -- The Official Blog of
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
August 18, 2008 - 9:30 a.m.

The deed has been signed and the keys have been turned over. has officially closed on a prime piece of real estate in the Internet blogosphere with the launching of Deacons Direct.

In an effort to enhance the offerings of our website and engage our loyal visitors, we want to provide you, the fan, with an up close and personal look into the daily doings of all things Deacon sports. We are striving to make not just a repository for press releases, rosters and stats but a place where Deacon fans can go to get the most complete coverage of their favorite teams and student-athletes.

In the coming months Deacons Direct will provide a more detailed and sometimes informal look at Wake Forest athletics. This will include not-ready-for-primetime news items, links to outside coverage of the Deacs and live blogs from the pressbox at a number of events, home and away.

This blog is not meant to replace the normal news and game stories already found on our website; our purpose here is to augment what we have now and provide Deacon fans with more coverage than ever before.

Regular contributors will include members of the Wake Forest media relations office, as well as guest blogs from various coaches, administrators and student-athletes. Collectively, we will bring a voice to

We welcome you to visit, take a look around and become a regular guest at Deacons Direct.

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