No briefing tomorrow guys. Hope everybody has a great Thanksgiving. Let’s dive on in.
-Norm Wood of the Daily Press reports that Georgia State has approached Shane Beamer about its head coaching vacancy. Georgia State, which went 1-10 last year, paid former coach Bill Curry $350,000 a year. Shane makes just over $200,000 as a Virginia Tech assistant.
-Andy spotlights tailback/fullback Martin Scales, who picked up four key first downs on short-yardage runs against BC.
-Doughty writes that the quarterback platoon at Virginia is reminiscent of the Matt Schaub/Bryson Spinner platoon of 2001.
-Andy has a lot of notes and quotes from Tech defenders here.
-Quote of the night comes from Bud Foster, on Tech’s eight-game winning streak in the UVa series. “Eight? I thought it was nine. Ehhh, I lose track.”
-Rutgers officially announces move to the Big Ten.
-Cal fires coach Jeff Tedford after a 3-9 season.
-Don’t do what I did last week and forget to make your Fearless Forecasters picks. Slate is here.
-Jack Taylor of Grinnell scores an NCAA record 138 points in a 179-104 victory against Faith Baptist Bible. You can see video of his last eight points here.
-Grinnell was one of the pioneer schools to run the up-tempo offense VMI favors.
-Speaking of up-tempo offense, Tech coach James Johnson dropped by the media room yesterday for those of us who were down there for football. I’ll have something on him in tomorrow’s paper. If you’re going to Friday’s game vs. App. State, come on down and say hey.
-Butler stuns No. 9 North Carolina, 82-71.
-The Cavs get contributions from their youngsters in beating North Texas.
-Mike Krzyzewski says the “ACC is vulnerable right now.” “I do think more people are going to go after people in our conference now,” he said. “Especially if Maryland shows that in some way they can reduce or get out of that $50 million commitment.”
-Your Thanksgiving slate includes: Texans at Lions (12:30 p.m., CBS); Redskins at Cowboys (4:15 p.m., FOX) and Patriots at Jets (8:20 p.m., NBC).
NAME THAT TUNE
The winter days, they last forever
But the weekends went by so quick
Went ridin’ around this little country town
We were goin’ nuts, girl, out in the sticks
One night, me with my big mouth
A couple guys had to put me in my place
When I see those guys these days
We just laugh and say, “Do you remember when?”
Also, the paper is collecting thoughts from the public on this topic. Anything you want to share, fire away:
Virginia Tech still needs a win to become bowl eligible. Meanwhile, whether Virginia spoils the Hokies’ hopes or not, the Cavaliers’ season will come to an end as soon as the final gun sounds on Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.
What went wrong for Tech and UVa this year? What will it take to fix it? Send us your thoughts about the 2012 football seasons, and we’ll run the most thoughtful answers in Friday’s Roanoke Times and Virginian Pilot.
Keep your answers short, sweet and to the point. Don’t forget your name and hometown.