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Deacon Dump 1/14: Chas bouncing back

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Lots of soccer links today. Hey, we've gotta have something to talk about outside of basketball, right? Take note of the USA Today article that Jim Grobe is quoted in, it's an interesting read. Let's link it up.

Mike Woodson on what works - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN
"Guys, great win," Woodson rasped. "Remember what I said? You can win playing defense! We struggled with the offense but your defense was terrific." "The s--- works!" blurted out [rookie Jeff] Teague, cracking up the entire room.

For BCS coaches, the year of living dangerously -
"It was never unusual for a coach to put his hands on you," said Jim Grobe of Wake Forest, who played at Virginia in the early 1970s. "They'd grab you by the facemask and kick you in the seat of your pants or slap you in the headgear to wake you up, things like that. That was just kind of standard. Things have changed today. As the years have gone by we've probably gotten a little smarter in the way we deal with our kids. "I think there's always a toughness issue involved in football. It's a contact sport, and your kids have to be tough and have to be physical. I think the best way to look at it is to treat players like we would our own sons."

Elon's Kinney set for MLS draft after combine : : Greensboro & the Triad's most trusted source for local news and analysis
WAKE FOREST: junior midfielder Bianca D'Agostino and former Demon Deacon Kaley Fountain are among 24 players selected for the first U.S. U-23 Women's National Team camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U-23's will play two games against the Korea Republic Women's National Team during the week. The games are scheduled for Saturday and Monday.

TRACK AND FIELD Northwestern's Kerr headed to Wake Forest -
Northwestern senior Lindsay Kerr has wasted no time in making 2010 another exciting year for herself. After ending 2009 as the Class 2A PIAA cross country champion, Kerr finalized her college plans and has made a verbal commitment to attend Wake Forest University this fall on a partial scholarship.

ACC Now - Unlucky neckware for Ol' Roy? | blogs
With their coach wearing a purple-blue-orangey-green diagonally-striped piece of neckware (photo above, left), the 12th-ranked Tar Heels posted their most lopsided defeat of the Williams era on Wednesday, 83-64 at Clemson. The worst before that? The Tar Heels' 84-66 loss to Kansas in the Final Four in 2008 -- when, it appears (above, right), he was wearing a similar style, and color, of tie.

Lasco picks up ninth offer - ESPN
Daniel Lasco (The Woodlands, Texas) may be the fastest junior running back in Texas and college programs have taken notice. The 6-foot, 185-pounder entered December with seven offers and is quickly up to nine after Oklahoma State and Wake Forest extended offers recently. Wake Forest and Oklahoma State join Miami (Fl), Texas A&M, Tennessee, Arkansas, TCU, Mississippi State and Houston in joining the one cut, vertical runner. He made unofficial visits during the season to Miami (Fl), Texas and Texas A&M. Articles - Marcus Tracy speeding up the learning curve - 01/14/2010
"I made up my mind pretty early that coming out of college I wanted to try my luck overseas," says Tracy, who scored 30 goals and registered 23 assists in 77 collegiate matches. "That's the best time to try it, to get out there when I'm young. That's what clubs want: to get you when you're young so they can try and develop you. It would be a lot harder for me four or five years down the road to make the jump to Europe unless you did exceptionally well in MLS."

3-Pointers: Kansas State's bigs coming up small - Mike DeCourcy - College Basketball - Sporting News
OK, so Maryland lost to Wake Forest. Let's make sure we add, though, that it was in overtime, on the road. Under those conditions, another Terps loss could be encouraging, not debilitating. Since G Greivis Vasquez publicly acknowledged he'd been pressing and promised to play more freely, he has averaged 25 points, and the Terps have gone 5-2, with losses to William & Mary and Wake and a win over Florida State. Olander To 2010 Class
"There are five schools that I like and three of them that I really like," he told "The three that I really like are UConn, Florida and Wake Forest. And then URI and Virginia are the other two."

ACC Notebook: Greenberg still relies on Prosser's tip
"Don't look ahead, and don't look behind," Greenberg recalls Prosser saying. "Deal with it on a day-to-day basis, because you've never played in a league where if you deal with it cumulatively, it'll just suck you out. It's overwhelming."

My Take on Wake - Chas Rebounds With a Vengeance |
"I was kind of down on myself because I feel I haven’t been playing well enough for us to be successful,‘’ McFarland said. "That’s on me, and being a senior and being through it three or four years, that’s something I’ve got to do—I’ve got to step up and make plays.‘’ When he does, Wake is tough to beat.

College Basketball Power Rankings
24 Ishmael Smith G Wake Forest 5-11/155 Concord, NC Smith has produced at least six assists in five straight games.

Neumann-Goretti avenges last year’s loss to Carroll | Philadelphia Daily News | 01/13/2010
Wing guard Tony Chennault, a Wake Forest commit, hustled his way to 23 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Rider-bound Danny Stewart skywalked for 17 points (four dunks). The fourth D-I signee, wing guard Mustafaa Jones (Hartford), hit two treys en route to eight points. Junior Lamin Fulton added eight points and four assists. Noel Remains Committed
Noel will enroll at Wake Forest in the summer. Two fellow teammates at Pahokee High, Zachary Allen and Antonio Ford, enrolled at Wake Forest this week.

Winners, losers of college basketball's first half - Mike DeCourcy - College Basketball - Sporting News
Second team G Sherron Collins, Sr., Kansas G Jacob Pullen, Jr., Kansas State G Jon Scheyer, Sr., Duke F Al-Farouq Aminu, So., Wake Forest C Omar Samhan, Sr., Saint Mary's

New coaches have something to prove - College Baseball -
1. Tom Walter, Wake Forest The Demon Deacons desperately needed to find a coach who knew how to rebuild a program. They found the right guy in Tommy Walter. Walter put New Orleans back on the national map with regional appearances in 2007 and ’08. He also found a way to keep the program together in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. It’ll be interesting to see how Walter and his coaching staff recruit against the state’s power programs. Even with a hint of uncertainty, Wake still deserves credit for luring Walter.

As Crazy As It Seems Lane Kiffin Is Not Really to Blame | Bleacher Report
Tennessee's next hire should be a good, solid, strong, boring guy who will do nothing but effectively represent the program and win football games. My suggestion? Jim Grobe of Wake Forest. If the guy could take Wake Forest to the Orange Bowl, he can take a big time program to the national title game.