The local ACC coaches are feeling the HotSeat after what happened last weekend. It’s looking rough for Roof, John is Gone, and Chuck “May” not make it through the season at NC State.
The word out of Chapel Hill by way of the Charlotte Observer newspaper and Charles Chandler is that North Carolina has to keep on starting Joe Dailey at QB because he is faster than Cam Sexton. This will come in handy after the opposition intercepts another Heels’ pass attempt and the QB has to run the guy down. Dailey can get to the intercepter quicker so leave Joe in the starting position because the Heel coaches are anticipating a lot of passes thrown to the other team, especially after what they have seen in the first 2 games. In this case it helps to have a fast QB like Joe Dailey.
The only words of encouragement coming out of Chapel Hill lately have been spoken by former Heel signal caller Deems May out of Lexington. May has stepped up on the Heels’ post-game show and has been calling out anyone that willl listen and Deems it seems is the only person with any real guts on the light Blue and White side of things this season. At least May is talking some Smack, while the Word on Coach Bunting is that he is playing not to lose and Coach Bunt is not taking any chances any longer if his job is on the line, and believe me, it is on the line no matter what you read at insidecarolina.com.
The fans are expecting Bunting and Coach Amato to win and there is more pressure on John and Chuck than there is on Ted Roof over at Duke. Nobody expects Roof to win a game this year and there would have been reason to tear the Goal Posts down over in Winston if Duke would have beaten Wake Forest last Saturday. Duke is not predicted to win a single game this year, while on the other hand there is still more pressure on Amato than there is on Bunting.
Mark May the former Washington Redskin and Pitt Panther said Chuck Amato should put the NC State fans out of their misery and quit before this season(2006) is over in Raleigh. May on ESPN’s College Football studio show says Chuck Amato should quit in mid-season, and the sooner the better. The Akorn loss has been hard for State fans to stomach but Chuck is not Done, he should at least complete the season. If State keeps on losing then the door will be Open and they(the NC State brass) will have to ask Amato to Go at the end of the season. If NC State can’t beat a team like the Akorn Zips then do they have a chance against teams like Boston College, Georgia Tech, and Florida State? I mean we’re talking Mid American Conference here. There comes a time when you have to Win the games you’re supposed to Win. Noel Glasgow of WFMY TV 2 Sports says NC State has a discipline problem and it begins with the head coach Chuck Amato. Glasgow says Amato can’t coach and that he can’t control his team and that is why the Wolfpack is losing the games that they are supposed to Win. You have to be able to control your team and you must recruit players that can be controled. Former NC State All- American offensive lineman Steve Warren told me that last year “O” lineman Derek Morris took a swing and hit his offensive line coach up- side the head. You have to have discipline and control and when you lose it you lose your job. That offensive coach was fired and a new man is on the job this season. Has Chuck Amato lost it and is it time for Chuck to Go? We will know more this week as NC State takes to the road against Southern Mississippi. A loss to SMU and you have to wonder.
As we mentioned back earlier in this installment John Bunting knows something is burning at Kenan Stadium. The Heels start out 0-2 and John is pushing Joe Dailey hard in this those wind sprints so JD can catch up to those Furman Paladins when they start picking off the dying ducks this Saturday. Dailey will have to run down the Furman players after they intercept his passes and Joe brings new meaning to Special Teams player. If the Heels fall to Division I-AA Furman then the U-Haul and Penske truck people better get a schedule ready for the Buntings because they will be heading back to St. Louis in December. The Heel fans are going crazy over at insidecarolina.com and many of the Heels think Coach Bunt is playing out his time and trying to get out of town with his Tar Heel roots in tact. Will John be Gone? If the Heels lose to Furman then you might see Carolina coaches over in Durham next Monday trying to get a Peek at Duke’s practice, as the Heels prepare to try and get their only victory in what would be a 1-11 season.
Things are not looking good for North Carolina and NC State this week and the fans over at Duke are watching Freshman Thaddeus Lewis who at least put up some decent numbers against Wake going 21-32 for 305 yards and 1 TD and no interceptions. Lewis should put in for a transfer to North Carolina and he might be on his way to at least one win, because Duke is looking to go winless in 2006, unless they jump up and beat North Carolina in what I hope will be the last game of the season for both teams and this might grab you, “It might be Last Game Ever for both coaches at both schools”.
Wake Forest and Guilford could well be the only unbeaten teams left in the state of North Carolina. Wake is still surviving with that 14-13 win over Duke and the Deacs’ young QB, frosh Riley Skinner is a winner. The Deacons punter Sam Swank booted a punt for a school-record 86 yards versus Duke. Swank didn’t shank, he hit that punt for 86 stinkin’ yards.
Wake Forest is 2-0 and Guilford is 2-0. The Quakers won on the road at Methodist stopping the Monarchs 27-11. Guilford’s QB Josh Vogelbach threw 3 TD passes and hit for 403 yards through the air for the Quakers. Vogelbach left ECU and came to Guilford, and ECU is 0-2, do you think ECU would like to have Vogelbach back? Hey, Guilford is D-III and ECU is D-I, but this Vogelbach kid can throw the ball. Remember, Major League Baseball player Tony Womack came out of Guilford and so did ML Carr and World B. Free.
Elon dropped a close one to Towson 24-17 in front of 7,544 fans down at Rhodes Stadium. RB TJ Clegg, out of Southern Alamance HS, only amassed 10 yards of offense for Elon(2 yards rushing and 8 yards pass receiving) but he still scored 2 TD’s(1 running and 1 receiving) for the Phoenix.
NC A&T and Greensboro College were off last week but Appalachian State beat a tough James Madison Dukes team up in Boone 21-10. JMU outgained ASU 337-236 in total offense. East Carolina lost on the road again 17-12 falling to Alabama-Birmingham. The ACC losers were enough to make you sick with the Triangle all going south along with Clemson who went North to drop it in OT to BC, 34-33. Virginia barely pulled it out over Wyoming 13-12 in OT and Florida State had to fight to beat Troy 24-17. The other ACC brethern won over several sisters of the poor.
“Something’s Burning”, and this week is Gut Check Time. If North Carolina and NC State both lose then we are putting more lighter fluid on the grill next Tuesday. The fans keep yelling,” There’s some Holes in this place, there’s some Holes in this place”. Maybe there are. Chuck and John are not Gone yet, but as they say down at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, “Keep the Motor Running”…………….