3-point stance: On the road again

September, 7, 2011
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1. North Carolina State coach Tom O’Brien sent a not-so-subtle message to the ACC office in his press conference when he pointed out that the Wolfpack will “for the fifth time go on the road for an (ACC) opener.” NC State opens its league schedule Saturday at Wake Forest. In O’Brien’s five seasons in Raleigh, no other team in the league has opened ACC play every season on the road. By the way, in 2006, the last time the Wolfpack played their first league game at home, they played Boston College, coached by…Tom O’Brien.

2. The NFL’s five-game suspension of former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor made sense. The NFL didn’t want Pryor’s appearance in the supplemental draft to look as if he had manipulated the NFL’s rules in order to avoid his NCAA punishment of the same length. The NFL’s threatened suspension of former Buckeye coach Jim Tressel looks like grandstanding. Tressel, who agreed to sit out the Colts’ first seven games before he becomes a consultant, didn’t manipulate any NFL rules. All this does is drag Tressel and Ohio State through the mud one more time.

3. Joe Paterno said Tuesday that he’s absolutely ready to play two quarterbacks when the Nittany Lions welcome No. 3 Alabama to Beaver Stadium on Saturday. Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden kept it pretty vanilla in the Nittany Lions’ 41-7 rout of FCS Indiana State on Saturday. Penn State’s issue on offense isn’t which quarterback to play. It’s how to protect them. The Sycamores got three sacks against a young offensive line. ESPN has learned that the Crimson Tide’s defensive line is even better(!) than Indiana State’s.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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