Happy Holidays! Not much has happened this past week except for the basketball team's embarrassing performance in Columbia.... Enjoy the holidays until we go on a roller coaster ride watching Cole Stoudt try to do something against a strong Sooners' defense on Monday in the Russell Athletic Bowl
Interesting article on the coaching landscape in the ACC....Longest tenured coach in the ACC at the moment is Frank Beamer who has been in charge of the Hokies football program since 1987. The three longest tenured coaches behind Beamer (Paul Johnson, David Cutcliffe, and Dabo Swinney) were all hired in 2008. The hires of Johnson, Cutcliffe, and Dabo in 2008 have created an overall positive impact on the ACC as a football conference. Coaching turnover in the ACC has proven to be prominent though as this year Pittsburgh is looking for a new coach to replace Paul Chryst who left for his alma mater at Wisconsin.
The deep threats the two programs feature is definitely the story of this matchup (even with Cole Stoudt behind center). Mike Williams will be heavily relied upon in this game as the #1 receiver as well as next year before possibly going pro after his junior season.
More coverage will be coming around the time when the first pitch is thrown against West Virginia at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on February 13th but here is an early preview/refresher for the upcoming season. I'm having a hard time figuring out what to expect from the team this coming season but we'll get a better glimpse after the opening series against the Mountaineers. My only early expectation for the team right now is a lot of errors.....
A recruiting primer about targets for both the Tigers and the Chickens....A few that stand out include Mark Fields who recently decommited from the Chickens. Fields plans to take an official visit to Clemson but for some reason still plans on taking an official visit to South Carolina as well. I hear we have the momentum now with Fields. Another recruit that stands out to me is Alex Barbir, a placekicker out of Georgia. Auburn is currently our strongest competition for him. I hope Dabo and Co. puts a priority on this and can get a commitment out of Barbir. We need to build up depth at the kicker position after losing Ammon Lakip and Bradley Pinion after next year. There's still a chance that Pinion leaves after this year but I would be pretty surprised if that happens.