• Heres an unforeseen complication to what seemingly looks like a favorable schedule for N.C. State: Wake Forest was the first of three ACC opponents that plays Clemson the week before facing N.C. State.
The problem there, as Wake Forest showed, is after getting racked by the Tigers, most teams are naturally going to play better at least by comparison the next week against N.C. State.
Wake lost 56-7 to Clemson and looked like a different team in a 28-13 win over N.C. State. Syracuse lost 49-14 at home to the Tigers on Saturday. The Orange come to Raleigh this week. Of course, the same principle applies to N.C. State after its subpar performance against Wake Forest.
• In the latest chapter of As Jadeveon Turns, South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney sat out Saturdays 35-28 win over Kentucky with what coach Steve Spurrier called a muscle strain around the rib area.
Clowneys absence comes three weeks after the presumed No. 1 pick in the next NFL draft told one South Carolina newspaper he needed surgery on his right foot but was willing to play through the pain.
Spurrier, who doesnt exactly suffer fools kindly, sounded a bit frustrated on his Sunday conference call when asked about Clowney, whose production has been off this season.
It was just, we didnt know he wasnt playing until right before the game, Spurrier said Sunday. That was a little frustrating. Usually the trainer or the doctor tells you, This guys out. That did not happen last night.
Whats the over/under on the number of people in Clowneys ear (and/or trying to get in his pocket) about whats best for his future?
You get the feeling given Spurriers general lack of elasticity, this is not going to end well for either side.
• Pat Haden was Phi Beta Kappa at Southern California in the 1970s and a Rhodes Scholar, so I should have known the USC athletic director was smart enough not to hire Lane Kiffin. Mike Garrett, Hadens predecessor at USC, made the ill-fated decision to hire Kiffin to replace Pete Carroll after the 2009 season.
That was my mistake in last weeks Late Hits column, and I apologize to Haden for the error. Given Hadens pedigree, USC fans have every reason to believe he will find the right replacement for Kiffin.
Florida State: Very Famous Jameis Winston might just be the rare athlete who somehow finds a way to exceed the hype. The freshman Florida State quarterback has been nothing short of phenomenal (17 TD passes, 73.2 completion percentage) in his first five games.
If Winstons the real deal, FSU just might be better than Clemson and in prime position to run the table.
Wake Forest: Let me get this straight, there are actual Wake Forest fans who want to get rid of Jim Grobe? Is that for real or is it a fake headline from The Onion?
Look, everyone gets a little anxious, thats completely understandable, but lets keep what Grobe has done in perspective.
In the first 48 seasons of ACC play, Wake won 90 conference games. In 12-plus seasons, Grobe has 41 ACC wins, almost half as many in a quarter of the time.
Grobe has five winning seasons in 12-plus years, Wake had nine since 1953 before Grobe got there.
Serious suggestion: Instead of paying an airplane to fly a banner over the stadium, donate the money charity.
Syracuse: Theres only one printable word in a seven-word rant by rookie Syracuse coach Scott Shafer on the sideline before halftime after Clemson went for it on fourth down with a 35-7 lead.
Just so you know, coach, its 2013 and if you want to go Bobby Knight, thats cool but its going to end on the Internet in GIF form and youre going to look stupid for a long time.
Also, theres never a good reason to drag anyones mother into such vulgar conversations.
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