Norte Dame football got a shot to the arm when they found out late Tuesday night that the son of NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson had chosen to play for the Fighting Irish.
Class of 2013 wide receiver Corey Robinson, 6-4, 195 lbs, from San Anthonio Christian received his offer from Notre Dame last month and held offers from Iowa, Kansas, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Navy, where his father was a basketball star. The Irish, however, were the first program to offer him a scholarship.
Last fall, Robinson hauled in 42 passes for 660 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has been praised not only for his pass-catching ability but for his blocking as well.
Robinson is the sixth pledge in three days for the Fighting Irish following their Junior Day and the ninth overall for the Class of 2013.
Former Wake Forest student and pep band member Maggie Hurt appeared Thursday morning on NBC’s “Today” to discuss her allegations of a sexual battery in 2009 involving two members of the Demon Deacons basketball team, guards Gary Clark and Jeff Teague. Both Clark and Teague were found not guilty in a Wake Forest campus hearing. And after a Miami Police investigation, the district attorney declined to prosecute, citing a lack of physical evidence and lack of eyewitnesses, among other factors.
Hurt alleges that, during a trip to Miami with Wake Forest for the NCAA Tournament, she was invited to a party in a hotel room but wound up alone with Clark in a bathroom where she was forced to perform oral sex.
“They open the door, it’s completely dark and I’m physically shoved from behind into the room,” Hurt said Thursday. “I was scared. He had big hands and could palm a basketball, and it was on the back of my neck. I felt like if I didn’t do what he asked, he would hurt me.”
Lori Hurt, Maggie’s mother, added: “They knew from the minute my daughter walked into that police department that they were going to get this case and make it disappear.”
Hurt, whose story was told by NBC as part of a larger piece on colleges and universities turning a blind eye to sexual assaults, dropped out of Wake Forest. Teague now plays for the Atlanta Hawks and Clark just completed his senior season averaging 10.9 points and 2.2 rebounds.
Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, won the ACC women’s individual title by seven shots with a score of 5-under on Sunday. The Wake Forest junior, who was reportedly followed by 50 fans throughout the course and sunk her final put in front of almost 200, said that she “really felt confident all day.”
“My niece, Cheyenne, just won the ACC golf title by 7 shots! That’s awesome, I’m so proud of her,” Tiger Woods tweeted.
Cheyenne is the daughter of Tiger’s half-brother, Earl Woods Jr and if you had her winning a title before her uncle your the real winner.
With an undergraduate enrollment of fewer than 4,500 students, Wake Forest is one of the smallest schools to compete at the major college level and that leaves the Demon Decons with a sense of family o that isn’t found on most Division I campuses. That pride deepened when baseball coach Tom Walter donated one of his kidneys to Demon Deacon freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan. Both surgeries have said to go very well and both are expected to make full recoveries.
Jordan, from Columbus, Ga., first became ill in January of 2010, two months after committing to play at Wake Forest. Undergoing dialysis three times a week over the summer,doctors determined Jordan’s kidneys were functioning at 8% of capacity, and he needed a transplant as soon as possible. None of Jordan’s family members were suitable donors. Walter volunteered to be tested and was found to be a strong match.
“When we recruit our guys, we talk about family and making sacrifices for one another,” Walter said prior to the operation. “It is something we take very seriously. I had the support of my family, Wake Forest and my team. To me it was a no-brainer.”
Jordan suffers from Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Autoantibody (ANCA) vasculitis, a rare condition in which abnormal antibodies attack white blood cells and damage small blood vessels. In kidneys, it causes leaking of blood and protein into the urine and ultimately, kidney failure.
Walter, 42, came to Wake Forest in 2009 after University of New Orleans was forced to drop to Division III by the financial trauma created by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Walter hopes to be discharged from the hospital on Thursday and travel with the team when it opens the season Feb. 18 at LSU.
This game goes down on the ESPNU network and it features the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets taking on Wake Forest University Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem.
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson sees a total different club than the one he had a year ago that one the ACC title but now enters this game 2-2 and 1-1 in conference play. Last weekend the Yellow Jackets where manhandled by NC State 45-28 in front of the home stadium. The Yellow Jackets run the option with 320.5 of their 400.5 yards on offense comes on the ground. The Yellow Jackets are lead by senior Josh Nesbitt, 316 yards 3 touchdowns 1 INT and 362 yards 6 touchdowns, but when forced to the air is only completing 36.2 percent of his throws.
On the defensive side of the ball Georgia Tech has allowed 212.5 ypg through the air and 7 touchdowns while only taking away two. The defense has been slightly better against the run allowing 4.1 yards per carry and 155.2 ypg.
Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe also has his team win identical records as the Yellow Jackets (2-2 1-1). Wake Forest is generating 32 ppg and 369.2 total ypg as the Demon Deacons offense relies heavily on the rushing game. The Demon Deacons are rushing for 4.8 yards per carry and 238.5 yards for the game. The Demon Deacon use a two quarterback system but mainly keep it on the ground. Just like the Yellow Jackets their leading rusher happens to be their sophomore quarterback Ted Stachitas, 164 yards 2 touchdowns, but the number two rusher also comes from the quarterback position with freshamn Tanner Price, 154 yards 2 touchdowns, but is only completed 48.2 percent of his throws.
The Wake Forest defense are allowing 40 ppg and 467.2 total ypg numbers that are just simply unacceptable. The Demon Decons have already allowed 13 touchdowns through the air and 5 yards on the ground every play.
Georgia Tech owns a 21-8 series advantage over Wake Forest, which includes last years 30-27 overtime victory.
PICK: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
This game goes down on the ESPN2 network and it features the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons take on Stanford University Cardinal at Stanford Stadium.
Stanford is in search of their first 3-0 start since 2001 after blanking UCLA, 35-0, in its Pac-10 opener. Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh one of the nations best passers under center in junior quarterback Andrew Luck, 467 yards 6 touchdowns and zero interceptions, who is lights out with his arm. Luck was without two offensive weapons against UCLA in senior running back Jeremy Stewart and junior wide receiver Chris Owusu with both being questionable for this game.
The defense stole the show for the Cardinal last weekend as Stanford posted its first road shutout since a 17-0 blanking of Oregon in 1974. The Cardinal’s dominated from start-to-finish, holding UCLA to just 233 total yards while forcing 4 turnovers. Junior defensive back Michael Thomas finished with 5 tackles and even scored on 21-yard fumble return.
Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe is turning to freshman quarterback Tanner Price, who is going to make his first collegiate start. Sophmore quarterback Ted Stachitas began the season as the starter but bruised his non-throwing hand during a 54-48 win over Duke to open ACC play. Price stepped up in Stachitas absence and passed 12-19 for 190 yards 3 touchdowns 1 INT and rushed for 56 yards one touchdown.
The Deacons have rolled up 644 rushing yards while scoring at least 50 points in consecutive games for the first time in school history. Red-shirt freshman Josh Harris, 124 yards 2 touchdowns, and sophomore wide receiver Chris Givens, 159 yards one touchdown, have been a major factor to helping the Deacon achieve such mark..
Defensively Wake Forest was exploited in the shootout with Duke racking up 487 total yards, including 358 through the air. However the Deacons have already created 4 INT’s as senior safety Alex Frye has two of them. Junior defensive end Kyle Wilber,7 tackles,3 sacks 5 tackles for loss is the real gem on the line for the Deacons.
The Deacons won the first-ever meeting between these schools with a 24-17 victory in Winston-Salem last year.
PICK: Stanford University Cardinal
Presbyterian Blue Hose got off this very nice trick play against Wake Forest. However the Demon Deacons took the game 53-13. What is a Blue Hose anyway?
One of the most electrify moments at an open air stadiums is experiencing a flyover right before a game begins and the fans in attendance at Bobby Dodd Stadium got a little more than they expected.
Having grown up on Air Force military bases for the majority of my life and being around fighter jets was an everyday thing for me but one I was captivated by. So engulfed in the fascination that I treated fighter pilots as celebrities, riding my bike up to the flight-lines and asking for their autographs.
A bit of sorrow lingers with me as I relish in childhood memories and find out that two Navy fighter pilots lost their wings after thrilling a Georgia Tech crowd with an extremely low flyover before a game against Wake Forest in November.
Instead of flying over Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta at 1,000 feet above ground level the two F/A-18 Super Hornets passed at 1,000 feet above sea level putting them dangerously close to the stadium rim. The Navy wouldn’t name the two pilots from the Strike Fighter Squadron 136 at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Va.
I’m not going to argue the or frown upon the Navy’s decision in their regards for safety, it just put a damper on my day thinking of two pilots who protect and serve our country suddenly has their hard work and dreams lost on a move that was to bring enjoyment to the fans.
For a second and shorter look of the flyover click (here).
The latest injury to San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, a broken the fourth metacarpal in his shooting hand, has cost him the rest of the regular season in a year that has already plagued him with plantar fasciitis, spraining both ankles, a strained hip flexor and food poisoning.
With the Spurs currently hanging onto the Western Conference seventh seed that already has many questioning their chances in the playoffs and with this latest injury it will sure cast a greater shadow of doubt. While injuries are part of the game, what have been the 9 most damaging to the Spurs franchise? Why 9? In honor of Tony.
- 9. Tony Parker 2009-10 season
Parker an NBA Finals MVP season looked shaky from the start when he suffered his first injury in a year that was filled with many. While playing overseas in the off-season for France against Hungary in Eurobasketball Parker turned his ankle. The bug was cast before the season even started but stayed with him until March 6 in Memphis, where his regular season came to end. Parker sat out numerous games in the year to a variety of injuries: plantar fasciitis, a strained hip flexor, spraining both ankles and food poisoning.
- 8. James Silas 1976-76 season
Possibly one of the best Spurs of all-time that the NBA never had a chance to see at his peak. In the last season ABA before the merger Captain Late broke his ankle by landing on the foot of New Jersey Nets guard Brian Taylor in the ABA Finals. Recovered and ready for the Spurs first season in the NBA he suffered a cartilage tear in his knee restricting him to play in only 22 games for a Spurs team that was poised to contend. Silas played only 37 games the following season and was out of the league in four years.
- 7. Manu Ginobili 2008-09 season
One of the greatest to put on a Spurs jersey was injured in the semi-finals of the Beijing Olympics. The injury carried through to the NBA season and limited him to appear only in 44 regular season games and missed the entire playoffs. San Antonio went in as the third seed with a 54–28 record but was eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round 4–1 the earliest exit since 2000.
- 6. Johnny Dawkins 1988-89 season
Originally drafted with the 10th overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft the former Duke all time leading scorer and Naismith College Player of the Year was suppose to be the point guard of the future for the Spurs and coach Larry Brown. Durring the 88-89 season he started to suffer from a nerve injury in his left leg and foot that allowed him to only see action in 32 games. The nerve injury in his leg would eventually force him to retire from the game.
- 5. Terry Cummings 1992-93 season
In a season in which the Spurs improved on its record and advanced out of the first round they did so with limited minutes from one of their best scorers in Cummings. In the off-season Cummings tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during a pickup game that forced him to miss the first 74 regular season games. Upon his return, he could no longer put up All-Star numbers he was accustomed and from then on was used in a role much like a reserve.
- 4. Derek Anderson 2000-01 season
Anderson was a vital part in the Spurs plans of providing outside help to Tim Duncan and David Robinson averaging 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game on the wing. The Spurs looked to be on their way to earining a second NBA championship in 3 years as the stars where lining up until Dallas Mavericks Juwan Howard drew a flagrant foul on Anderson. He separated his right shoulder when he drove for the basket and Howard swung his arm into Anderson’s side that caused him to land on his shoulder. He missed the rest of the Mavericks series and returned in the conference finals against the in limited minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers. Anderson and the Spurs where caught in a no win situation since it wasn’t adequate enough time for him to heal.
- 3. Tim Duncan 1999-2000 season
In the Spurs first chance at trying to repeat as champions after winning their first NBA championship, they entered the playoffs without Duncan. He was averaging 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game in a season that he had earned co-MVP with Shaquille O’Neal during the All-Star Game. However Duncan injured his meniscus shortly before the end of the regular season against the Sacramento Kings. The injury forced him to miss the playoffs and the Spurs saw them lose to the Phoenix Suns 3–1 in the first round. Without Duncan the Spurs relied on Malik Rose and Jerome Kersey to play alongside David Robinson but in the series they saw them go down as well with injuries.
- 2. Johnny Moore 1986-87 season
An assist man, who lead the league in that category in 1981-82, a steal man, an all around NBA player in his first five season with the Spurs. Moore often found the open man and wasn’t afraid to make the extra pass as he is one of only three players in teams history to record 20 assists during a game was hospitalized December 26,1986 with the devastating disease, Desert Fever. Doctors warned him that the disease could be fatal. Desert Fever luckily did not cost his life but ended up costing his basketball career as Moore lost three years of playing. He finally was able to return to the court to play in 53 games during 1989-90 season, which would be his last.
- 1. David Robinson 1996-97 season
The year that will be known as the gift and curse for the Spurs franchise. That season saw Robinson hurt his back in the preseason, an injury that would plagued him the rest of his career, limited him to 6 games before breaking a bone in his foot. He wound up missing the entire season and the Spurs finished 20-62. The curse is it cost the Spurs their best player in franchise history and their season but the gift came in the form of ping pong balls and the drafting of Tim Duncan out of Wake Forest University with the number one overall pick.
Is there a Spurs injury you believe that was missed to be of greater significant than these 9? Feel free to leave your feedback.
Last season NBA season ESPN pulled the whole switch a roo with announcers Dick Vitale and Dan Shulman in announcing a Miami Heat-Denver Nuggets game while the three-man team of Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Mike Tirico called the Duke-Davidson game.
Well the swap was nothing special for the viewers but apparently it went well for the heads at ESPN and have planned on doing it again this January 20th. Vitale and Shulman will call Utah Jazz-San Antonio Spurs while the trio will head tobacco road for the Wake Forest-North Carolina.
While everyone was enjoying their holiday time with family and friends Urban Meyer blindsided the college football world with world that he would be stepping down as head coach of the University of Florida Gators on Saturday night after the upcoming Sugar Bowl game.
Then came a good 14-16 hours of ESPN and the Internet running with the story, it’s angles, it’s beliefs and the questions of what do the Gators do next. Have no fear because that storm and looking into his players faces on Sunday morning allowed Meyer to change his mind and say he wasn’t resigning but taking a leave of absence.
Which is great, the college football game needs a coach of Meyer’s stature in it and college football doesn’t need what happened to Skip Posser, the Wake Forest University basketball coach, who died following an afternoon jog.
The man has the right to make what ever decision he wants and has proven that but deep down my gut stirs me in the belief that pressure drove him to make the announcement on Saturday and pressure pushed him right back into the decision to reverse his stance of a resignation.
Whatever the case maybe may I suggest to Florida President and AD a whole new direction and start a clean slate by announcing a new young head coach that goes by the name of Bobby Bowden.