- ALL ACCESS
- Journal West
There are schools -- and they know who they are -- who parcel out information most grudgingly on general principles alone.
In his first 10 games as Wake's head basketball coach, Danny Manning has struck me as a bottom-line kind of guy.
By my humble estimation, Miles Overton had miles and miles to go before becoming an integral part of a competitive ACC program.
Danny Manning has been a man of few words during the Deacons' losing streak that was extended to three games with tonight's 78-65 setback at N.C. State.
The question of the night during Wake's 84-69 loss to Minnesota was the one I asked two venerable compadres sitting courtside, Barry Jacobs and Bill Hass, who between them have seen at least a thousand college basketball games.
Another bad season ended badly for Wake with tonight's 41-21 loss at Duke.
Jeff Bzdelik, in hindsight, never recovered from a home loss to Stetson in his first game as Wake's basketball coach.
The organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals might not appreciate it, but one of my favorite sayings growing up in the mountains of North Carolina is `There's more than one way to skin a cat.'
Dannny Manning has a tough job, trying to coach Wake out of the lower echelons of the ACC back into conference relevance. As the beat guy, the last thing I want to do is make it tougher.
Coach Dave Clawson spent more time on the field during today's 6-3 double-overtime victory over Virginia Tech than anybody on his team, save for maybe the starters.
As I sit in the newly christened Skeeter Francis Media Room high atop Deacon Tower, it behooves me to explain who Skeeter Francis was.
Devin Thomas spent the frantic final 68 seconds of Wake's 85-81 loss to Iona on the bench, having fouled out. He would have still been on the court for more of the Deacons' late rally that came up short if he hadn't picked up a double-technical for whatever he and Kelvin Amayo of the Gaels did or said to each other three minutes earlier.
The tusk of a Razorback can be a scary weapon, and tonight it was sharp enough to lay bare all of Wake's deficiencies in an 83-53 bloodletting at Arkansas' Bud Walton Arena.
Over lunch today, after Dave Clawson had dispensed with the formal segment of his press conference, we were sitting around eating barbeque and cowboy beans when the subject turned to one of my favorite topics.
We've all seen a bunch of 71-49 type results whenever Wake ventured out on the road these past few years.
Wake took it's biennial beating in Raleigh today, getting drilled by a middling-at-best N.C. State team 42-13.
Danny Manning's fate in his first game as Wake's head coach might have been far too akin to that of his predecessor, Jeff Bzdelik, if it hadn't been for a gawky but poised-beyond-his-years freshman from Thessaloniki, Greece who didn't even decide to play for the Deacons until mid-summer.
Wake made the fashion statement of the season by wearing chrome gold helmets against Clemson, but only after Coach Dave Clawson made his own statement to his team.
The guy most under the gun in Wake's 96-71 exhibition victory over Young Harris tonight was my good buddy Gary Strickland, now in his 34th season as the Deacons' scorekeeper.