Deacons Direct Blog Archives - Sept. 16-30

Football: Navy Game Program Feature
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
September 29, 2008 - 12:15 p.m.

If you were not at the Navy game on Saturday or were unable to pick up the game program from it, be sure to check out a nice feature that Evan Lepler wrote on Wake Forest's senior linebackers. The feature can be found here.

Men's Basketball: Yahoo Preview Puts Deacs at #18
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
September 29, 2008 - 11:45 a.m., a part of Yahoo! Sports, published their preseason outlook for the Wake Forest men's basketball team today. Rivals/Yahoo ranked the Deacs at No. 18 to start the year. They also have Wake penciled in to make the NCAA Tournament and possibly a trip to the Sweet 16 or Elite Eight. Talk about expectations...

Check out the preview here.

Lights, Camera... Abbate!
Posted by Kathryn Hamlett, WFU Media Relations
September 28, 2008 - 12:38 p.m.

As many of you had heard, production is about to start for The 5th Quarter, a film about Jon Abbate.

The writer and director is Rick Bieber, who also wrote the script for Crazy, a 2007 flick inspired by the life of Hank Garland. I checked his bio on IMDB and I was most impressed with his producing credit on Flatliners, a little jewel from 1990 staring Kevin Bacon and Julia Roberts' hair.

I decided to do some field research on this production and visited the casting call for extras and stand ins. I didn't really know what to expect at all, but luckily, pretty much everyone else was much more prepared than I was.

There were about 15 people waiting when I arrived at 11 a.m. Most had head shots in hand, some also had what looked like big portfolios, which I'm still trying to figure out. What was in those huge things ... Photos? Scripts? A 2006 Wake Forest Football Media Guide?

Everyone had to fill out a registration form to list the basics: height, weight, eye color, shoe size etc. I actually fudged more on my shoe size than I did on my weight. No one likes a Big Foot lady... even in cute pumps!

Then there was a section to list special skills that would be useful to the film. It specifically mentioned cheerleaders, football players, actors, singers, etc. I'm sure if there was a little more room they would have included sports website designers, bloggers and statisticians, of which I may have been a little more useful. But if they do have a need for people looking really authentic hunched over a computer I am SO going to nail that part! I'll even throw in the bloodshot eyes at no extra cost!

The room had a couple of different tables, I was sent to the "college student" tables. On the other side of the room there were tables for families, adults and kids. About 300 people had come through by the time I made it and there were about three more hours left until the casting closed.

There wasn't really anything to it (or if there was, I didn't make it that far!). I handed in my registration form and a candid photo I found in my closet where my eyes are at least all the way open. One of the staff workers took the info and told me "we'll be in touch," which is very similar to the line I use after a date when I never intend on seeing the man ever again. But I'm sure he didn't mean it like that...

Filming for the 5th Quarter begins mid-October, mostly around the Wake Forest campus. Shooting in this area will wrap up November 17.

It's a Great Day to be a Deac!
Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
September 27, 2008 - 6:32 a.m.

Everybody gets excited when No. 1 plays No. 2 and that's what happened in College Park, MD Friday night as the Deacon men's soccer team vanquished the Terps.

Here's a game story on Wake's soccer win over Maryland from the Winston-Salem Journal.

Has a college or university ever put together a more star-studded Hall of Fame class than Wake Forest has done this weekend?

Dave Goren of WXII-TV reports from the Hall of Fame dinner on Friday night.

Here's some great research on Florida State's football history, particularly as it relates to Wake Forest and the Deacs' last two trips to Tallahassee.

Navy is preparing for the Deacons.

Rob Daniels examines the extinction of ACC quarterbacks in the Greensboro News-Record.

Add Rob:  No one said Wake's victory over Florida State had to be a masterpiece.

You can listen to all of the ACC football coaches on their weekly teleconference.

Here's this week's This Week in ACC Football video.

USA Today writes about how Wake Forest, Northwestern and Vanderbilt are achieving in the classroom and on the field.

Dan Collins has a profile of senior linebacker Aaron Curry in the Winston-Salem Journal.

With an intricate offense like Navy's, it's important that the scout team players give the Deacs a good look at what to expect.  Dan Collins takes a look at those players in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Dan Collins writes that the Deacs are very concerned with Navy.

Camille Powell writes in the Washington Post that the Deacs will test Navy's defense.

Tyree Barnes is one of Navy's top receivers according to the Washington Post.

It looks like there will be two outstanding placekickers on the field on Saturday.

The Associated Press has a look at the Navy at Wake Forest game.

Bill Wagner of The Capital says Saturday's game is the 'battle of the scout teams.'

A preview of today's game courtesy of The Capital.

Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun has a profile on Navy quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku Enhada

Mike Fratto takes a look at Navy's defense in the Washington Times.

Rob Daniels takes a look at Wake's defense in the Greensboro News-Record.

Edward G. Robinson III of the Raleigh News & Observer profiles running back Josh Adams.

Robinson previews the Navy game in the Raleigh News & Observer.

Bob Sutton of the Burlington Times-News writes that the Deacons aren't satisfied with the win over Florida State.

Men's Basketball: Duncan Stops by to Chat With Deacons
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
September 26, 2008 - 9:15 p.m.

Former Demon Deacon great and four-time NBA Champion Tim Duncan was on campus today and stopped by the Budd Gym in the Miller Center to talk with the Wake Forest men's basketball team.

The Deacons were holding an open gym when Duncan stopped in to speak with the team briefly. As a giant mural of Duncan's likeness loomed behind him, Duncan fielded questions from the Deacs and addressed such topics as life in the NBA and his offseason workout routine. He spoke with candor and seemed impressed by the "big-time" basketball facilities that the Deacons now enjoy.

Duncan is back in town for this weekend's Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. He, along with four others, will be inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame at halftime of Saturday's football game against Navy.

Duncan's chat with the team proved to be a fortuitous photo opportunity for us. We had our chief photographer, Brian Westerholt of Sports on Film, on campus to shoot the team photo just before the open gym. Brian was gratious enough to stick around and snap a few photos of Duncan and the Deacs.

Men's Soccer: Maryland Gameday Blog
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
September 26, 2008 - 6:30 p.m.

Chad Crunk is with the Demon Deacon men's soccer team in College Park tonight and will be blogging live from Ludwig Field. Be sure to check out the Maryland Gameday Blog. Also, watch the game live on the Fox Soccer Channel (channel 141 on Time Warner Cable in the Triad).

Football: Flip Card
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
September 26, 2008 - 5:15 p.m.

Ever wondered how the radio and television personalities keep all of the players straight during a football broadcast? Well, the first place they start is with a flip card, and now you can too. With this weekend's flip card, all of you couch broadcasters out there can have each item of information at your fingertips.

Printed back-to-back on 11-x-17 size card stock paper, the flip card contains rosters, depth charts, schedules, statistics, standings and more. Check it out and watch your budding broadcast career take off!

Women's Golf: Tournament Blog
Posted by Gary Petit, WFU Media Relations
September 25, 2008 - 8:25 a.m.

Senior Jean Chua will be blogging throughout the entire trip to the Mason Rudolph Championship this weekend in Nashville, Tenn. The team left yesterday and will be playing a practice round today with the first round beginning on Friday. Be sure to check back to Deacons Direct and for Chua's Blog and daily results and recaps.

Click Here for the Tournament Blog.

Football: Weekly Press Conference Video
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
September 23, 2008 - 1:20 p.m.

Wake Forest held its weekly football press conference today in the Rovere Room of the Miller Center on campus. In addition to head coach Jim Grobe, players in attendance included center Trey Bailey, linebacker Aaron Curry, running back Brandon Pendergrass and safety Chip Vaughn.

Check out the free press conference video below.

Video Links:
Head Coach Jim Grobe
Trey Bailey
Aaron Curry
Brandon Pendergrass
Chip Vaughn

Women's Golf: Cheyenne Woods Interview with FSN
Posted by Gary Petit, WFU Media Relations
September 22, 2008 - 8:24 p.m.

Freshman standout Cheyenne Woods took time out from practice this afternoon to sit down for an interview with Heather Catlin and Ray Goodrich of Fox Sports South. Heather and Ray were on campus shooting their men's basketball previews and wanted to do a piece with Cheyenne for an upcoming episode of ACC All-Access.

Fox Sports South is doing a piece with Cheyenne and Clemson golfer Sam Saunders, the grandson of former Wake Forest standout and one of golf's all-time greats Arnold Palmer. FSN is featuring the two young stars in a piece on how each is currently paving their own path amidst their relatives.

After just a couple of questions, it became quite obvious that Cheyenne has done her share of interviews. She asked for one restart at the beginning of the interview but then handled question after question with ease. The questions ranged from what are her career goals to what is Tiger like off the course. Click here for a photo gallery of today's interview.

You can see the entire interview on an upcoming episode of ACC All-Access on FSN. Stay tuned to Deacons Direct for air times.

Men's Basketball: FSN in Town for Annual Preview Show
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
September 22, 2008 - 4:50 p.m.

Fox Sports Net was on campus today to film some interviews for its annual Wake Forest men's basketball show. Ray Goodrich and Heather Catlin were here to interview the Deacs and get some footage. FSN talked on camera with head coach Dino Gaudio, assistant coaches Jeff Battle and Pat Kelsey and sophomores James Johnson and Jeff Teague.

Jeff was a last-minute fill-in to do an interview on camera after Ishmael Smith broke his foot over the weekend and required surgery this morning. Ish's injury threw a wrench into more plans than just the FSN interview. The Deacs were scheduled to have their 2008-09 team photo taken this afternoon, along with a group shot of the players for the upcoming media guide cover. With Ish out of action, the photos have been pushed back to Friday.

In addition to interviews, FSN also did "gladiator" shots with all of the players. These shots are the posed ones you may see during a game where a player is dribbling a basketball or making some sort of gesture or body movement in front of a backdrop. The players seemed to have fun with the gladiator shots and especially enjoyed laughing at each other from the background.

FSN's Ray Goodrich (right) interviews Jeff Teague.

The Aftermath of the Florida State Win
Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
September 22, 2008-10:48 a.m.

Here's a recap of some of the media coverage of Wake Forest's 12-3 win over Florida State on Saturday night.

Brett Friedlander of the Wilmington Star-News hands out grades to all the ACC teams for Saturday.

Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post on Wake's victory.

Heather Dinich at writes that it wasn't pretty but it was a win.

Dan Collins of the Winston-Salem Journal says the defense was decisive.

Coach Bowden had plenty of nice things to say about Coach Grobe after the game.

Here is Edward G. Robinson's game story from the Raleigh News & Observer.

Tampa Tribune game story by Florida State beatwriter Corey Clark.

Here's a Photo gallery from Tallahassee Democrat.

Breakfast with Bobby from Andrew Carter, Orlando Sentinel.

Andrew Carter's postgame report card in the Orlando Sentinel.

And some golf from John Dell of the Winston-Salem Journal on one of this year's inductees
into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame. 

 Gameday Wake Up Call
Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
September 20, 2008-10:56 a.m.

We're less than 12 hours from kickoff.  Enjoy some clips with your morning coffee.

Bob Sutton of the Burlington Times-News sat down with D.J. Boldin for an in-depth profile.

Steve Megargee of takes an in-depth look at Wake Forest's successful recruiting efforts in Florida.

Bobby Bowden wasn't happy with FSU's Thursday practice.

Dan Collins looks at Wake's Florida recruiting connection in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Edward G. Robinson III of the Raleigh News & Observer looks at Wake's efforts to improve its defense.

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

Bobby Bowden thinks the Seminoles might be overrated.

Brad Miller of the Panama City News Herald writes of Riley Skinner's many targets.

Wake Forest's Florida natives are ready to play FSU.

Lenox Rawlings writes about how times have changed in this series.

Rob Daniels spoke with D.J. Boldin in the Greensboro News-Record.

Dan Collins writes in the Winston-Salem Journal that it is time to play the game.

Caulton Tudor notes the difference in this game over the last four years in the Raleigh News & Observer.

Another story courtesy Edward Robinson of the Raleigh News & Observer on The Game.

Get ready for an electric atmosphere in Doak Campbell Stadium.

Football: Florida State Gameday Blog
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
September 19, 2008 - 10:15 a.m.

The Demon Deacons are set to travel to Tallahassee for the most-anticipated game of the season thus far. I'll be on the trip and filing periodic updates throughout, including some behind-the-scenes photos. Check out the Gameday Blog page.

Cross Country Teams Receive Regional Recognition
Posted by Lynn Enterline, WFU Media Relations
September 18, 2008 - 2:45 p.m.

The Division I Cross Country Regional Polls were released this week. The Wake Forest women's team placed sixth in the Southeast Division and the men's team was 12th. For more results, please check out the USTFCCA site.

Redshirt senior Merry Placer and freshman Anna Nosenko also were recognized as some of the top performers in the ACC for the women's 5-kilometer race last week. Each earned a time of 18:29 at the UNC Challenge on Sept. 13. Both the men's and women's teams are back in action on Friday night at the Virginia Tech Invitational.

Hey, Is There a Football Game Saturday?
Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
September 18, 2008-2:12 p.m.

Bob Sutton, Burlington Times-News with a review of Coach Grobe's Tuesday media conference.

Wake Forest is tied for the fifth-longest active winning streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Here's a link to this week's ACC Football Coaches Teleconference courtesy of the ACC.

Athlon Sports has a preview of Saturday's game with Florida State.

Coach Bowden offers props to Coach Grobe.

Dan Collins has a feature on Kevin Patterson in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Take a look at This Week in the ACC from

Rob Daniels takes a look at the FSU game in the Greensboro News-Record.

Edward G. Robinson III previews the game in the Raleigh News & Observer.

Here are some highlights of Coach Bowden's teleconference call with the media from this week. takes a look at the Wake-FSU game with video from John Saunders and Trevor Matich.

Josh Horowitz and Spencer Tillman previews the game in this video from CBS has a video preview with Craig Shemon and James Washington.

Deacons Preparing for Florida State
Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
September 17, 2008-1:46 a.m.

Wake Forest visits Florida State on Saturday night in the first Atlantic Coast Conference game for each team.  Here's some reading material from both sides to get you started.

Coach Grobe has respect for Florida State, writes Dan Collins in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Tom Berry of the High Point Enterprise recaps Tuesday's football presser.

John Delong of the Winston-Salem Journal chronicles Desmond Clark's rise from sixth round draft choice to one of the top tight ends in the NFL.

D.J. Boldin did a Q&A with Dan Wiederer of the Fayetteville Observer.

Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat remembers the 2006 Deacon-Seminole contest and its implications.

The Orlando Sentinel notes how Wake Forest and FSU have switched roles.

The Seminoles will have one of their top defensive players back in the line-up vs. Wake.

Props to the Deacon Defense.

FSU knows it will have to stop Riley Skinner.

The Seminoles will be confident heading into the game.

Coach Bowden offers praise for the Deacs.

Here's an interesting link with stadium photos and history for all the FBS schools.

And outside of the football vein, a look at Cheyenne Woods who is a member of Wake Forest's women's golf team.

Football: Weekly Press Conference Video
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
September 16, 2008 - 1:35 p.m.

Wake Forest held its weekly football press conference today in the Rovere Room of the Miller Center on campus. In addition to head coach Jim Grobe, players in attendance included linebacker Stanley Arnoux, offensive tackle Joe Birdsong, safety Kevin Patterson and kicker/punter Sam Swank.

Both Arnoux and Patterson had interceptions in Wake Forest's 30-0 win at Florida State two years ago. Patterson returned his interception for a touchdown in the game.

Check out the free press conference video below.

Video Links:
Head Coach Jim Grobe
Stanley Arnoux
Joe Birdsong
Kevin Patterson
Sam Swank

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