- Journal West
With profound apologies to Robert Earl Keen, one of my favorite Texas singer/songwriters, but the road goes on forever for Wake and the heartaches never end.
It's 92 paces from the door of the Wake locker room to the playing court of Joel Coliseum. I know, because I stepped it off after today's 91-71 loss to Florida State.
The two surprise teams of the ACC played tonight at Joel Coliseum.
With my bride Tybee out of town for the weekend, I needed some company on Saturday. I found it in the most unlikeliest of places, on television.
Well, that was another 1,250 miles for Wake to travel, just to get drilled 85-62 today at Notre Dame.
Danny Manning faced some tough questions after tonight's epic pratfall against Virginia, as he knew he would.
Seven games into his second pass through the ACC, Danny Manning continues to accumulate more accolades than victories.
The deeper Wake plays into January, the deeper they slide in the ACC standings.
Sundown came early for Danny Manning Saturday. Several times during the strained aftermath of Wake's 83-55 pummeling by Syracuse, he mentioned that the Deacons did not play well "tonight.''
Wake lost control of Justin Bibbs, as well as its emotions, and had to do both to shoot 59 percent from the floor and still lose 93-91 to Virginia Tech tonight at Cassell Coliseum.
Danny Manning, as we all know by now, prefers a deep bench. When I asked him about it recently, he said the best teams he played with during his career had a multitude of players who knew to be ready when their number was called.
On a night the old Codi Miller-McIntyre finally showed up, so did the old Devin Thomas.
To hear coach Rick Pitino of Louisville tell it, Wake is a force to be reckoned with this season in the ACC.
Wake has shown a powerful will to win in forging a 9-3 record through the non-conference portion of its schedule.
The best crowd I've had the pleasure to witness all season at Joel Coliseum was roaring when Xavier trotted toward its locker room at halftime, trailing Wake by 15 points.
MTOW: Where is the Wake Forest football program after two seasons and where is it headed?
MTOW: Is a bowl game a realistic goal for 2016?
MTOW: You had a small senior class, but you had some good leaders in there. Now how to you replace that leadership?
MTOW: What kind of competition do you expect at quarterback?
MTOW: What do you think will be the team strengths next year?