Deacons Direct Blog Archives - October 2008

Men's Soccer: Reason No. 20 to Vote for Sam Cronin
Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
October 31, 2008 - 6:35 p.m.

 

Sam Cronin helped Wake Forest to its first College Cup appearance in the 2006 season.

 

Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day between now and November 19 here. Fans can also now vote by text messaging the code S2 to 839863. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Cross Country: Billington and Kieffer on theACC.com's Front Page

Posted by Lynn Enterline, WFU Media Relations

October 31, 2008 - 4:00 p.m.

 

Wake Forest cross country student-athletes sophomore Greg Billington and redshirt junior Allie Kieffer were both featured on theACC.com's front page today in a "Getting to Know..." segment. To read the transcripts from each interview, please check out the official website of the ACC.

 

Billington has led the Deacons in each of the three meets in which he's participated this season. He beat out a field of 270 runners to claim the White Division 8k individual title at the Lehigh Invitational on Oct. 3. Kieffer has also paced Wake Forest in the four meets she's raced and earned ACC Performer of the Week honors after capturing the individual title at the Wake Forest Relays on Aug. 29.

 

Billington and Kieffer will race in tomorrow's ACC Championships at Chapel Hill. The meet begins with the women's race at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

 


Men's Soccer: Corben Bone Featured in ESPNU.com article
Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
October 31, 2008 - 11:55 a.m.

Wake Forest sophomore midfielder Corben Bone gets a shout out from Doug McIntyre in his latest NCAA men's soccer article on espnu.com. McIntrye calls Bone the "premier playmaker in the country as a sophomore." You can read the entire McIntrye article here.

Bone and the rest of the Deacons are in action Saturday night at 7 p.m. at North Carolina. A victory for the Deacs would give them their fourth ACC regular season championship in program history. You can catch the game live on the web on ACC Select.


Friday Morning Updates-Getting Ready for the Blue Devils
Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
October 31, 2008 - 10:39 a.m.

Saturday's game with Duke is available only on ESPN360, ESPN's signature broadband TV network.  The game is available completely free to any student on campus (in fact, to any student on any U.S. college campus -- nearly 18 million people).  Click here to access the ESPN360 network player

ESPN360.com is available at no charge to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection from an affiliated service provider.  It is available free to approximately 18 million students and military personnel via any computer on a U.S. campus or military base computer network.  Additionally, it has tripled its residential distribution in the past 20 months, and is available in 24 million households nationwide via more than 20 Internet
service providers around the country including AT&T, Verizon, RCN, Frontier, Cavalier, Charter, Mediacom, Conway, Grande Communications and more.

Fans wanting more information about ESPN360.com, which Internet services currently provide it, and how they can get it should go to www.espn360.com.

Here's the link to the ACC Coaches Teleconference for this week.

Another installment of This Week in ACC Football.

Criticism of Wake's offense is misplaced.

Matt Robinson is an inspiration to his teammates.

IMDB listing for The Fifth Quarter movie which will be filming at BB&T Field on Saturday.

Fun Fact:  Wake Forest is one of only nine schools to appear in the USA Today Coaches preseason poll in both football and basketball.  The Deacons were ranked 23rd in the preseason football and poll and are 24th in the basketball poll released this week.

The only other schools mentioned in both polls are Texas (10th in football. 8th in basketball), Tennessee (18/13), Oklahoma (4/14), Arizona State (16/15), Florida (5/19), USC (2/T21), Wisconsin (12/T21), and Kansas (13/23).


Men's Soccer: Reason No. 21 to Vote for Sam Cronin
Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
October 30, 2008 - 2:25 p.m.

Sam Cronin has played and started every game in his Wake Forest career. His current starting streak is now at 90 games.

Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day between now and November 19 here. Fans can also now vote by text messaging the code S2 to 839863. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Men's Soccer: Reason No. 22 to Vote for Sam Cronin
Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
October 29, 2008 - 4:35 p.m.

Sam Cronin is a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day between now and November 19 here. Fans can also now vote by text messaging the code S2 to 839863. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Wake Forest Easy Reading
Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
October 29, 2008 - 3:59 p.m.

A little football, a little basketball, for your reading pleasure . . .

Demon Deacons repel critics of offense.

Struggling Wake Forest looks to find its way.

Here are the weekly quotes from the ACC Coaches' quotes from their campus press conferences.

The Deacons held a players only meeting on Monday.

Wake's offense is in need of a spark.

The Deacs are not ready to hit the panic button.

Return date for Sam Swank still up in the air.

Deacon attack turns offensive.

Is this Duke's time?

The Wake defense feels lack of turnovers.

The Sporting News has the Deacon basketball team ranked No. 17.

Wake Forest basketball is pleased with the play of freshman Tony Woods.


Men's Soccer: Reason No. 23 to Vote for Sam Cronin
Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
October 28, 2008 - 6:30 p.m.

Sam Cronin entered this semester with a 3.29 cumulative grade point average.

Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day between now and November 19 here. Fans can also now vote by text messaging the code S2 to 839863. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Men's Basketball: Deacons in the News
Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
October 28, 2008 - 3:30 p.m.

Here are a few Demon Deacon basketball clippings to get you revved up for next week's exhibition game at the Joel. Not included in these links is the fact that former Deacon Chris Paul adorned the cover of ESPN The Magazine's NBA Preview issue. He and Deron Williams were both on the cover, as The Mag posed the question as to which point guard is better. I think we all know the answer to that one...

  • Jeff Goodman: What I've Learned - FoxSports.com (October 28, 2008)
  • Aminu not afraid of high hopes - Gwinnett Daily Post (October 28, 2008)
  • Wake Forest continues to play through the pain - Asheville Citizen-Times (October 27, 2008)
  • Preseason All-Freshman Team: 2008-09 - Collegehoops.net (October 27, 2008)
  • College hoops countdown: No. 17 Wake Forest - The Sporting News (October 24, 2008)
  • Wake hits refresh button with exciting freshmen - ESPN.com (October 23, 2008)
  • Blue Ribbon Team Preview - ESPN.com (October 23, 2008)


  • Football: Weekly Press Conference Video
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 28, 2008 - 1:00 p.m.

    We held our weekly football press conference today in the Rovere Room of the Miller Center. Coach Grobe, along with Deacons Josh Adams, Stanley Arnoux, Jeff Griffin and Matt Robinson met with the media on hand.

    All five interviewees talked up the Duke Blue Devils and how difficult Saturday's game will be. They are probably spot on when you take into account Duke comes in with four wins under its belt and the fact that three of the past four meetings between the two schools have been decided by five points or less.

    Be sure to check out the free video archives of the press conference.

    Press Conference Video:
    Jim Grobe
    Josh Adams
    Stanley Arnoux
    Jeff Griffin
    Matt Robinson



    Baseball: World Series Connections
    Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
    October 27, 2008 - 9:00 p.m.

    Head Coach Rick Rembielak and the Wake Forest baseball team have a couple of connections with current members of the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Game four starter Andy Sonnanstine played his collegiate baseball at Kent State under Rembielak. Sonnanstine, who was drafted in the 13th round by Tampa Bay in 2004, finished the regular season with a 13-9 record, helping to lead the Rays to their first American League pennant.

    Another connection between the Rays and Wake Forest comes with outfielder Rocco Baldelli. Baldelli initially committed to Wake Forest but decided to sign with the Rays after being drafted in the first round of the 2000 MLB Draft. Baldelli has been plagued with injuries in the 2008 season, only playing in 28 games and hitting .263 with four homers and 13 RBIs.




    Men's Soccer: Reason No. 24 to Vote for Sam Cronin
    Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
    October 27, 2008 - 3:55 p.m.

    Sam Cronin has served as team captain for the last two seasons.

    Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day between now and November 19 here. Fans can also now vote by text messaging the code S2 to 839863. Standard text messaging rates apply.


    Men's Soccer: Reasons No. 26 & 25 to Vote for Sam Cronin
    Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
    October 26, 2008 - 11:30 a.m.

    After failing to give you a reason to vote for Sam Cronin yesterday, I'll give you two reasons to vote for the senior midfielder today.

    Reason #26: Cronin was named to the 2006 ACC All-Tournament Team in his sophomore season.

    Reason #25: Playing in his final regular season home game at Spry Stadium, Cronin scored a beautiful goal in Wake's 5-2 win over Boston College on Saturday night.

    Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day between now and November 19 here. Fans can also now vote by text messaging the code S2 to 839863. Standard text messaging rates apply.


    Football: Miami Gameday Blog
    Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
    October 25, 2008 - 11:05 a.m.

    I'll be blogging live today from Dolphin Stadium at the Wake Forest-Miami football game. The Wake Forest specialists are currently out on the field. Check out our gameday blog for updates throughout the game.


    Pre-Game Reading on Wake at Miami
    Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
    October 25 2008 - 8:15 a.m.

    Jorge Milian of the Palm Beach Post notes that D.J. Boldin is stepping out of his brother Anquan's shadow.

    You can hear the ACC football coaches teleconference at this link.

    This Week in ACC Football highlights last week's games and this week's contests.

    Here's a game preview from The Sports Network via the Macon Telegraph.

    Wake's offense is struggling to find its rhythm.

    Here's a Rivals.com story about Wake's rise in basketball.

    Rivals.com has the Deacons ranked No. 18 in their preseason poll.

    Miami is preparing for Wake's passing attack.

    Wake Forest's 26 Florida natives will experience a homecoming on Saturday.


    Men's Soccer: Reason No. 27 to Vote for Sam Cronin
    Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
    October 24, 2008 - 7:45 a.m.

    Sam Cronin was named to the 2006 Second Team All-South by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American.

    Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day between now and November 19 here.


    Men's Soccer: Reason No. 28 to Vote for Sam Cronin
    Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
    October 23, 2008 - 5:50 p.m.

    Sam Cronin was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team and the ACC All-Freshman squad his rookie year.

    Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day between now and November 19 here.


    WBK Media Day Snack: Deacons Past and Present
    Posted by Kathryn Hamlett, WFU Media Relations
    October 23, 2008 - 10:42 a.m.

    At the midday break of the ACC Women's Basketball Media Day there was a mingling session at lunchtime, where the student-athlete representing each school was assigned a table and dined with media in attendance.

    At Alex Tchangoue's table there were several writers from the Triangle area as well as former Demon Deacon Jill (Bartley) Jones.

    It was pretty neat to catch up with Jill, who is currently the vice president of the Greensboro based Proehlific Park, a youth sports complex owned by Wake Forest football legend Ricky Proehl.

    Jill lettered from 1987-1990 and was part of the most successful season in program history: the 1987 season, where under the guidance of Joe Sanchez, the team finished 23-8, 9-5 in the ACC and became the only Demon Deacon WBK team to play in the NCAA tournament.

    Alex told the media several times throughout the morning sessions that her goal for the team was to earn a berth to the 2009 NCAA tourney. So I'm not cuing the sappy inspirational music or anything, but it seems like something special when you meet someone that has been to the top of the mountain you've been trying to climb for three years.


    Tchangoue and Jones


    Women's Golf: Tournament Blog - Landfall Tradition
    Posted by Gary Petit, WFU Media Relations
    October 23, 2008 - 9:11 a.m.

    The 9th-ranked women's golf team is back in action and that means Jean Chua will be giving Deacon's Direct a first hand look at whats happening on and off the course. The ladies are in Wilmington, N.C. for the Landfall Tradition, a tournament they won a year ago. Senior Nannette Hill also picked up her first career medalist honors there last year. The team is coming off a win in Chapel Hill a few weeks ago so confidence is high and this should be a good weekend of golf for the lady linksters.

    You can check out Jean's Blog by clicking here and you can follow all three days of action through Golfstat's live scoring beginning on Friday.

     


    Men's Soccer: Reason No. 29 to Vote for Sam Cronin
    Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
    October 22, 2008 - 4:30 p.m.

    Sam Cronin has been named to the Dean's List five times in his academic career.

    Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day between now and November 19 here.


    Men's Soccer: Reason No. 30 to Vote for Sam Cronin
    Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
    October 21, 2008 - 6:40 p.m.

    Sam Cronin assisted on Marcus Tracy's game-winning goal in the semifinals of the 2007 College Cup against Virginia Tech.

    Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day between now and November 19 here.


    Football: Tuesday Press Conference Video
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 21, 2008 - 2:55 p.m.

    We held our weekly football press conference today on campus in the Rovere Room of the Miller Center. Coach Grobe met with the media, as did Deacons Josh Adams, Stanley Arnoux, Russell Nenon and Chip Vaughn.

    Nenon was a popular interview today. Nenon will shift over from left guard to center to replace Trey Bailey who will miss six weeks with a broken ankle suffered on Saturday at Maryland.

    Nenon was originally recruited to Wake Forest as a center, but the coaching staff moved him to guard to get him on the field quicker. At the time, the Deacs had Steve Justice and Bailey already manning the two-deep at center. With Nenon now the Deacs' center, true freshman Joe Looney will assume the starting left guard spot.

    Check out the free video from today's press conference in the links below.

    Video Links:
    Coach Grobe
    Josh Adams
    Stanley Arnoux
    Russell Nenon
    Chip Vaughn


    Men's Basketball: Deacs Featured on Rivals.com Homepage
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 21, 2008 - 2:50 p.m.

    Wake Forest is featured on the front page of Rivals.com's college basketball section. Here is the link to the Rivals homepage, though our story will most likely get cycled through at some point tonight or tomorrow. To access Andrew Skwara's story on the Deacs, click here.


    Men's Soccer: Reason No. 31 to Vote for Sam Cronin
    Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
    October 20, 2008 - 4:35 p.m.

    Sam Cronin was named to the 2007 NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team helping to lead the Deacons to their first national title in program history.

    Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day between now and November 19 here.


    Men's Basketball: Chris Paul Feature to Air on ESPN's E:60
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 20, 2008 - 12:10 p.m.

    Former Demon Deacon All-American Chris Paul will be featured on ESPN's primetime news magazine show, E:60, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.

    Reporter Rachel Nichols was given an all-access pass to Paul's life during his annual Winston-Salem Weekend on Sept. 19-21. Nichols will examine the competitive and emotional sides of Paul.


    Men's Basketball: Pomeroy Calls Deacs a Darkhorse for National Title
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 20, 2008 - 11:55 a.m.

    As if expectations for the 2008-09 Deacon men's basketball team weren't high enough already, a respected college basketball writer has singled out Wake Forest as a darkhorse for the national title.

    In a Q&A with the Siena Saints Blog, Ken Pomeroy of the Basketball Prospectus said he is intrigued by the Deacons, calling them an "out-of-the-blue contender". (Scroll down to the bottom third of the page)

    You can also check out Pomeroy's website, which includes computer rankings and a blog.


    Men's Soccer: Reason No. 32 to Vote for Sam Cronin
    Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
    October 19, 2008 - 12:10 p.m.

    Sam Cronin was named to the 2007 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District III Second Team.

    Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day between now and November 19 here.


    Football: Maryland Gameday Blog
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 18, 2008 - 10:50 a.m.

    I'll be blogging live from the pressbox at Byrd Stadium today. The Deacons are warming up right now as they prepare for a noon kickoff. The weather is nice in College Park, but it is a little chilly right now. Check out the gameday blog.


    Men's Soccer: Reason No. 33 to Vote for Sam Cronin
    Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
    October 18, 2008 - 10:45 a.m.

    Sam Cronin has been actively involved in numerous community service projects, such as Eat with the Deacs, Ronald McDonald House, Read Across America and Athletes Supporting Athletes.

    Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day between now and November 19 here.


    More Wake-Maryland Reading
    Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
    October 17, 2008 - 5:16 p.m.

    Here are some Friday updates to keep you up to date on Saturday's Wake Forest football game at Maryland.

    The Associated Press has a preview of the Wake-Maryland game.

    Eric Prisbell writes in the Washington Post that all eyes will be watching Sam Swank's leg.

    Patrick Stevens takes a look at the statistical match-up between the Deacs and Terps in the Washington Times.

    ESPN's preview of Saturday's contest.

    The Deacons are working to increase their efficiency inside the red zone.


    Men's Soccer: Reason #34 to Vote for Sam Cronin
    Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
    October 17, 2008 - 12:30 p.m.

    Sam Cronin has been a member of the Wake Forest Student Athlete-Advisory Committee since 2006 and served as the Wake Forest ACC SAAC representative in 2006 and 2007.

    Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day between now and November 19 here.


    Football: Reading Material Prior To The Maryland Game
    Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
    October 17, 2008 - 8:45 a.m.

    The Deacons take on Maryland on Saturday at noon. Here' some pre-game reading to get you started.

    Brandon Ghee has persevered to become an outstanding cornerback.

    Steve Yanda of the Washington Post writes about Riley Skinner's resiliency.

    The Deacons will face the ACC's leading rusher in Da'Rel Scott.

    Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun examines how Jim Grobe has built the Deacons.

    The Deacons know that the Maryland game will be physical.

    Bill Hass sat down with Matt Robinson for an extended profile on TheACC.com.

    It is clearly football season but that doesn't mean that basketball isn't drawing closer each day.

    Ish Smith can't wait to get back on the court.

    Wake Forest basketball is thinking big, from Sports Illustrated.


    Men's Golf: Webb Simpson Fires 11-under 61 on the Nationwide Tour
    Posted by Gary Petit, WFU Media Relations
    October 16, 2008 - 5:40 p.m.

    Former Wake Forest All-American Webb Simpson fired a remarkable 11-under 61 to grab a two-shot lead at the Nationwide Tour's Chattanooga Classic.

    Simpson started his day with a birdie on the par-4 tenth. He then went on to make a birdie at No. 12 and after a par at No. 13, he ripped off a string of five-straight birdies to end the back nine with a 7-under, 29.

    After three pars to start the front nine, Simpson went on another birdie run, making four-straight on holes 4-7. He was then 11-under par, needing birdies on his final two holes for the magical 59. Simpson would settle for a pair of pars and a two shot lead. For the day, Simpson made 11 birdies and seven pars.

    Another former Wake standout Kyle Reifers is also in the field this week. He posted a 1-under 71 in the opening.

    Reifers also shot a 61 in the final round of the 2006 Chattanooga Classic to force a playoff, which he eventually won for his first victory in his first Nationwide Tour start.

    The Chattanooga Classic has been kind to Wake Forest golfers. Last year, Ron Whittaker punched his ticket to the PGA Tour, posting 17-under for the four rounds to earn his first career victory.

    On top of trying to become the third-straight Demon Deacon to win the Chatttanoog classic, Simpson is currently 89th on the Nationwide Tour's money list with just one tournament remaining after this weekend. The top 60 on the money list earn a spot into the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship.

    Bill Haas, a 2004 Wake Forest graduate, is also off to a good start at the PGA Tour's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Haas made two birdies and two eagles on his opening nine for a 6-under, 30. He is currently 5-under through 13 holes.


    Men's Soccer: Reason #35 to Vote for Sam Cronin
    Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
    October 16, 2008 - 5:15 p.m.

    Sam Cronin is a Winston-Salem native, playing his high school soccer at Mount Tabor High School.

    Remember to vote for Sam for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award every day by clicking here.


    Men's Basketball: CP's Bowling Event to Air Sunday on ESPN
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 16, 2008 - 9:30 a.m.

    Chris Paul's PBA Celebrity Bowling Invitational presented by Ebonite International will air on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Paul hosted the event as part of his annual Winston-Salem Weekend Sept. 19-21.

    The bowling event pits current NBA stars against members of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). In addition to Paul, NBA players include LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant and Rudy Gay.

    The telecast is set to kickoff the 50th Anniversary season of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.


    Men's Basketball: ECU Game Time Back to 7 p.m.
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 16, 2008 - 9:15 a.m.

    The tip-off for Wake Forest's Dec. 22 game at East Carolina has been moved back to 7 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. but then got pushed back an hour to 8 p.m. to accomodate CBS College Sports' broadcast. However, CBS C.S. has decided not to televise the game. The Deacons will now make 21 TV appearances during the 2008-09 regular season.

    Click here for an updated printable schedule in PDF format.


    Women's Soccer: TV Options for Florida State Match
    Posted by Chad Crunk, WFU Media Relations
    October 16, 2008 - 9:10 a.m.

    Thursday night's women's soccer match between Wake Forest and Florida State will be televised by FSN Florida and Sun Sports. Fans wishing to watch the match have three options. In Winston-Salem, the game will be shown on Time Warner Digital Cable channel 180 (Fox College Sports Atlantic). The game is also available on DirecTV channel 617 and Dish Network channel 423. The match is a crucial one for the Demon Deacons as they look to get back to .500 in conference play with a victory. Opening kickoff from Tallahassee is set for 7 p.m. (ET).

    Football: Plack is Back
    Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
    October 15, 2008 - 10:40 a.m.

    Former Wake Forest punter Ryan Plackemeier is back in the NFL. Plack, who stopped by the Deacons' practice last week, signed with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday.

    A consensus All-America pick, Ryan was Wake's punter from 2002-05 and was the Ray Guy Award winner in 2005. As a senior, he punted 67 times with an average of 47.2 yards per punt. Plackemeier was a three-time All-ACC selection and he was a seventh round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks following his senior season.

    You can read about it in the Washington Times.


    Men's Basketball: News Clippings
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 15, 2008 - 10:00 a.m.

    The start of basketball season is just around the corner. The Deacons officially start practice on Friday evening. With that said, here are some links to basketball news items to whet your preseason basketball appetite.

  • Wake Forest has plenty of reasons to think big - Associated Press
  • Wake's Smith hopes to be ready Nov. 1 - Charlotte Observer
  • Demon Deacons guard aims to get back up to speed - Burlington Times-News
  • Wake Forest guards Smith, Teague set lofty goals - Fayetteville Observer
  • Gaudio counting days until basketball practice begins - Winston-Salem Journal
  • Andy Katz's Preseason Top 25 - ESPN.com
  • Hoops Report Top 50 Team Previews - Hoops Report
  • Wake Listed as Having on of Top Frontcourts in Country - SI.com

  • Football: Clemson Game Program Feature Story
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 14, 2008 - 3:45 p.m.

    If you were unable to pick up a program at last week's Clemson game, you missed a great feature story on Sam Swank. Evan Lepler, who penned the story, tracked down Swank's high school soccer coach and talked about his transition from the pitch to the gridiron.

    However, when I, as the game program editor, and Evan decided to do a feature on Swank little did we realize our karmic capabilities. Swank had never missed a football game in his career until, lo and behold, we feature him in the program. Luckily for us, Shane Popham did an admirable job filling in for Swank. Stay tuned to find out which Deacon is in our crosshairs next...


    Football: Tuesday Press Conference Video
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 14, 2008 - 1:30 p.m.

    Wake Forest held its weekly football press conference today in the Rovere Room in the Miller Center on campus. Head coach Jim Grobe was in attendance, along with Deacons Anthony Davis, Brandon Ghee, Jeff Griffin and Shane Popham.

    It was Popham's first taste of the media spotlight after filling in for the injured Sam Swank last week. The soft-spoken rookie kicker performed well in front of the cameras, deftly fielding questions about his expanded role on the team.

    Check out the free press conference video below.

    Video Links:
    Head Coach Jim Grobe
    Anthony Davis
    Brandon Ghee
    Jeff Griffin
    Shane Popham


    Football: ACC Pick the Play
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 13, 2008 - 6:50 p.m.

    Wake Forest is a candidate for this week's Pick the Play on TheACC.com. Riley Skinner's game-winning touchdown pass to D.J. Boldin is up for the conference's play of the week. Vote for Skinner-to-Boldin here.

    (Three blog posts in 15 minutes...trying to make up for lost time!)


    Football: Wake-Maryland Game TV Affiliates
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 13, 2008 - 6:45 p.m.

    Can't make it to The Byrd on Saturday and wondering where you can catch the game? Here is the link to the Raycom affiliates carrying the contest throughout the Atlantic seaboard.


    Men's Basketball: Media Day A Success
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 13, 2008 - 6:30 p.m.

    We held our annual Basketball Media Day this afternoon in the Miller Center's Budd Gym. The event was an all-around success, going off without a hitch.

    A number of local and regional media was in attendance. On the print side, there were reporters there from the Associated Press, Winston-Salem Journal, Charlotte Observer, Burlington Times-News, High Point Enterprise, Fayetteville Observer, Gold Rush and TheACC.com. All of the local television stations were in attendance as well, as were representatives from radio stations WFDD and 790 The Ball. Even ACC Select's Even Lepler got in on the preseason basketball action.

    We made all of the Deacon players available to the media, along with head coach Dino Gaudio. Using pretty much the entire gym, it was a free-for-all for interviews as reporters could go around and grab whatever player they wanted to talk to. All the while, we mixed the players in with the television stations on the side.

    Be sure to check out the photo gallery and quotes from the event. The hot topic of discussion was the play of the three freshmen, Al-Farouq Aminu, Ty Walker and Tony Woods.


    Football: Wake-Clemson Clippings
    Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
    October 10, 2008 - 6:00 p.m.

    Last night's 12-7 defeat of Clemson generated quite a bit of news coverage both locally and across the country. Below is compilation of clippings on the game.

  • Dan Collins' gamer from the Winston-Salem Journal
  • Lenox Rawlings' column from the WSJ
  • Rob Daniels' game story from the Greensboro News-Record
  • Ed Hardin's column in the Greensboro News-Record
  • Joedy McCreary wrote the game story for the Associated Press
  • Tom Berry's game story from the High Point Enterprise
  • Here is Bob Sutton's gamer from the Burlington Times-News
  • Al Myatt's game story from the Fayetteville Observer
  • Sammy Batten's column from the Fayetteville Observer
  • Game story from the Salisbury Post courtesy of Brett Strelow
  • Joe Giglio's blog in the Raleigh News & Observer
  • Game story courtesy of Edward G. Robinson III of the Raleigh News & Observer
  • From the Anderson, SC Independent Mail
  • ESPN.com
  • Charleston Post and Courier
  • Gene Sapakoff's column from the Post and Courier
  • The Greenville News
  • Bart Wright's column in the Greenville News
  • Scott Keepfer of the Greenville News
  • From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
  • Three things that Eric Boynton learned about Clemson
  • The State in Columbia, SC
  • Ron Morris' column in The State
  • The State's quarter by quarter update
  • Gary Petit's Gameday Blog for Deacons Direct

  • Football: Reading Material Prior to the Clemson Game
    Posted by Steve Shutt, WFU Media Relations
    October 9, 2008 - 11:26 a.m.

    Wake game could be defining moment in Tigers' season

    Dan Collins of the Winston-Salem Journal says the Deacs are gearing up for Thursday's game.

    Sam Swank may miss the Clemson game.

    Wake's linemen got some extra work in during the open date.

    Alphonso Smith could pose problems for the Tigers.

    Clemson's offense is trying to get back on track.

    clemson is 2-7 in Thursday night games.

    Clemson is trying to change the course of its season.

    Ken Burger of the Charleston Post and Courier writes on how Jim Grobe has turned the Deacons into winners.

    Gene Sapakoff argues that the Deacons are strong because the ACC is weak.

    The Tigers have reached a fork in the road.

    Some notes on the Tigers from The State in Columbia.

    Clemson is concerned about Wake's rushing attack.

    Wake and Vanderbilt have some connections.

    "The Fifth Quarter" movie will be filming in Winston-salem this month.

    Quotes from each ACC coach's weekly news conference can be found here.


    Demon Deacon to Appear on ESPNU's Inside the Polls
    Posted by Scott Wortman, WFU Media Relations
    October 6, 2008 - 4:55 p.m.

    Be sure to check out ESPNU this evening. The Deacon mascot will make a guest appearance tonight on the network's Inside the Polls show which airs at 7 p.m. Expect some riveting commentary from Wake Forest's colorful mascot.


    Women's Golf: Tournament Blog - Lady Tar Heel Invitational
    Posted by Gary Petit, WFU Media Relations
    October 3, 2008 - 9:12 a.m.

    For the second straight week, senior Jean Chua will be blogging throughout the entire women's golf trip. This week, the ladies are at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill. Check out Jean's Blog on Deacons Direct and make sure to check back to the website for a recap and results of each day's action.

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