!Winston-Salem Journal: My Take On Wake

My Take On Wake

Saturday 12/20/2014
Mum's the Word on Wilbekin

There are schools -- and they know who they are -- who parcel out information most grudgingly on general principles alone.

Sunday 12/14/2014
Manning Insists Deacons Man Up

In his first 10 games as Wake's head basketball coach, Danny Manning has struck me as a bottom-line kind of guy.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
Overton's Stay Over at Wake

By my humble estimation, Miles Overton had miles and miles to go before becoming an integral part of a competitive ACC program.

Saturday 12/06/2014
Another Game, More of the Same

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.

Tuesday 12/02/2014
A Team With Flaws For All to See

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.

Saturday 11/29/2014
Wake Gives Out Once Again

Another bad season ended badly for Wake with tonight's 41-21 loss at Duke.

Friday 11/28/2014
A Black Friday for Manning and Deacons

Jeff Bzdelik, in hindsight, never recovered from a home loss to Stetson in his first game as Wake's basketball coach.

Tuesday 11/25/2014
Winners Can Do No Wrong, Losers No Right

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.'

Monday 11/24/2014
Manning Spreads a Little Tough Love

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.

Saturday 11/22/2014
Clawson Wills Deacons to Win

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.

Saturday 11/22/2014
Great Tribute to a Great Man
Posted: November 22, 2014

As I sit in the newly christened Skeeter Francis Media Room high atop Deacon Tower, it behooves me to explain who Skeeter Francis was.

Tough Night All Around
Posted: November 22, 2014

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.

Wednesday 11/19/2014
Deacs a Long Shot Until Long Shots Go In
Posted: November 19, 2014

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.

Tuesday 11/18/2014
A Man After My Own Heart
Posted: November 18, 2014

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.

Monday 11/17/2014
Easy Win in the Big Easy
Posted: November 17, 2014

We've all seen a bunch of 71-49 type results whenever Wake ventured out on the road these past few years.

Saturday 11/15/2014
Another Long Trip Home From Raleigh
Posted: November 15, 2014

Wake took it's biennial beating in Raleigh today, getting drilled by a middling-at-best N.C. State team 42-13.

Friday 11/14/2014
Dinos to the Rescue
Posted: November 14, 2014

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.

Thursday 11/13/2014
Now Comes Manning's True Test
Posted: November 13, 2014

By pretty much every estimation of which I am aware, Danny Manning has aced his first six months as Wake's basketball coach.

Tuesday 11/11/2014
The Story Behind the Story of Gold Helmets
Posted: November 11, 2014

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.

Friday 11/07/2014
Manning's Rotation in Flux -- For Now
Posted: November 07, 2014

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.