Tough times in 2009 for the Demon Deacons, who lost five games by three points or less and finished 5-7. Riley Skinner, a four-year starter at quarterback, is gone, and Skylar Jones is expected to be his replacement. Running back Josh Adams gives the team a go-to guy in the backfield and the top three receivers return, but the offensive line must be rebuilt. That means the defense, which returns seven starters, will have to carry the team through the early part of the schedule.
As a run-up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one
poster each day until our supply is exhausted. Last year, the site
displayed 69 posters.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will vote on the poster of the
year. In the meantime, send your team's poster schedule to jayzuma (at)
gmail.com. Thanks to Michael!
Tiny Wake Forest, with an undergraduate enrollment of 4,327, has given Jim Grobe the keys to the bank.
Grobe, who is 58-50 in eight-plus seasons, had $4.2 million in compensation during the 2007-08 fiscal year, according to USA Today.
Because Wake Forest is a private school, the newspaper had to obtain the compensation figure from IRS documents. Private universities must note their five highest-paid employees on certain tax documents.
Athletic director Ron Wellman said Grobe's compensation — more than twice what was previously reported — was misleading because it included a deferred compensation package that vested that year and was reported for the first time. He also noted that the coach's contract was restructured and the figure included back pay.
In a classy move, the Demon Deacons honor the senior members of the team. Wake Forest plays five of its first six games at home, then will be building up its frequent flyer miles. Four of the last six games are on the road. Thanks to Michael!
Photographic evidence that there was no better place to be last Saturday than Tallahassee, site of the Wake Forest-Florida State game.
Our man Greg was on the scene to see if Bobby Bowden's troops could end a two-game losing streak to the Demon Deacons. No such luck. Florida State committed seven turnovers and lost, 12-3. That's right. Once mighty Florida State has lost three in a row to Wake Forest.
It has been a painful fall for the Seminoles since they finished 12-0 and won the national title in 1999. Florida State hasn't finished in the top 10 in the last seven years, has gone 7-6 each of the last two years and is 12-13 in its past 25 Atlantic Coast Conference games. Sign of the times. If you're looking for a residence, Burt Reynolds Hall has a place for you. The amazing power of alcohol. Despite tough times, the Seminoles have left their mark on some fans. OK, it's not the World Series of Poker, but this looks like some serious fun. Where is Wiz favorite Norman Chad? This is interesting. The Seminoles appear to be taunting the Demon Deacons during warmups. Wake Forest, to its credit, continues to go about its business. Florida State's starting quarterback in 2020? Bowden's image is displayed on the Seminoles' scoreboard before kickoff. Nightfall descends on Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium.