!Winston-Salem Journal: My Take On Wake

My Take On Wake

Saturday 10/18/2014
How Low Can the Deacons Go?

Like all those playing defense for Wake this season, safety Ryan Janvion is used to having to take up for others. Usually it's the Deacons offense -- an offense that has now given up six touchdowns off turnovers -- that needs the cover Janvion is willing to extend.

Thursday 10/16/2014
Kinal Gets Leg Up on Plackemeier

A scholarship at Wake Forest is worth somewhere in the very ritzy neighborhood of $60,000 a year.

Tuesday 10/14/2014
More Questions Than Answers to Wake's Ground Game

Dave Clawson said at today's gathering to eat chicken and talk football that he has twice this season completely broken down Wake's running game to determine what the Deacons are doing well and what they're not.

Saturday 10/11/2014
Collins' Call Keeps Wake on a Roll

Danny Manning, though still a month away from coaching his first game at Wake, is already piling up the victories.

Wednesday 10/08/2014
Moore Gives Wake the Big Mo

There's a rumbling down near the bottom of ACC basketball that got ever louder with this morning's news that Doral Moore has decided to play his college basketball at Wake.

Tuesday 10/07/2014
Manning Wants More Time With Team

The date of Oct. 15 -- or thereabouts -- used to be a date that all who loved college basketball would await with breathless anticipation.

Saturday 10/04/2014
Another Exercise in Futility

The two questions I took away from Wake's 43-3 loss at Florida State today were as follows:

Thursday 10/02/2014
Wanted: Internal Competition at Wake

Barring any late development, redshirt junior Brandon Chubb will start at linebacker when Wake plays at No. 1 Florida State on Saturday.

Tuesday 09/30/2014
Hits Keep Coming on Wolford

If you've had cause to wonder just how much physical pounding John Wolford can take in his freshman season as Wake's quarterback, you've got company in the office of head coach of the Deacons.

Saturday 09/27/2014
Nothing We Haven't Seen Before

Senior cornerback Kevin Johnson -- widely considered the best player on the team -- didn't see the final 49 minutes and 31 seconds of Wake's 20-10 loss at Louisville in today's ACC opener after being flagged and ejected for what was deemed a targeted hit on a Cardinals' receiver.

Saturday 09/27/2014
Blazing the Trail to Louisville
Posted: September 27, 2014

If there's ever been a more perfect day for a football game, the memory escapes me.

Wednesday 09/24/2014
Straight from the Quarterback's Mouth
Posted: September 24, 2014

There were no big surprises from my first opportunity to sit down and talk with quarterback John Wolford after Tuesday's practice.

Tuesday 09/23/2014
Youth Being Served at Wake
Posted: September 23, 2014

Until Skip Prosser came along, I always thought Jim Valvano of N.C. State was the funniest coach to ever liven up any post-game ACC press conference.

Saturday 09/20/2014
Deacons Find a Way to Win
Posted: September 20, 2014

Let the record show that in Dave Clawson's fourth game as head coach at Wake, the Deacons were a homefield underdog to Army.

Friday 09/19/2014
Clawson Shows Yen for Tight Ends
Posted: September 19, 2014

Pretty much every football coach I ever covered -- and that's been more than a few them over my four decades at this business -- flatly stated they wanted to get the tight end involved in their team's passing game.

Tuesday 09/16/2014
Little Hope on the Near Horizon
Posted: September 16, 2014

If the best question is the one that elicits the best answer, then my compadre Michael Jennings of 247sports.com won the prize at today's gathering to eat chicken and talk football with Dave Clawson.

Monday 09/15/2014
Wolford a Great Story Waiting to Be Told
Posted: September 15, 2014

Over the nine months spent getting to know Dave Clawson, I've found him to be an engaging, bright and decent person refreshingly forthright and candid for any human being -- much less a football coach. To this point, I've not known him to sugarcoat much of anything.

Saturday 09/13/2014
Second Verse, Same As the First
Posted: September 13, 2014

Dave Clawson, like most football coaches, puts a great emphasis on his Wake Forest team doing all the little things right.

Friday 09/12/2014
Clawson Lays Down the Law
Posted: September 12, 2014

Leniency is a luxury Dave Clawson may never be able to afford while coaching the Wake Forest football team.

Tuesday 09/09/2014
New Trick for an Old Dog
Posted: September 09, 2014

Many is the day I feel I'm getting dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. A man who has lived as long as I have can get awfully set in his ways, and change is seldom, if ever, easy.