NCF Nation: Georgia State Panthers

3-point stance: Why Clemson is No. 3

September, 20, 2013
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1. Good teams are good in all three phases of the game. That’s not breaking news, but we saw what it means at North Carolina State on Thursday night. The Wolfpack got to Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd early and the pressure disrupted his rhythm. He didn’t find it until late in the third quarter. But the Tigers’ defense and special teams kept the Wolfpack in check. Once Boyd found his game, Clemson easily pulled away to a 26-14 victory. The Tigers look like No. 3.

2. The Texas regent who called Jimmy Sexton about Alabama head coach Nick Saban reminds me of the Sports Illustrated expose on Oklahoma State. That’s probably not the only phone call that Sexton received that week about a client of his from another school. What has that got to do with Oklahoma State? Both cases are an inside look at how business gets done. Saban said on his radio show last night that he’s “too damn old to start over.” He and Terri are happy in Alabama, and they have learned the hard way how important that is.

3. Three weeks into the season, 22 FBS schools have scored on every trip into the red zone, but only four of them have scored touchdowns on every trip: Oklahoma State, Texas State, Georgia State and Hawaii. Oklahoma State has the most trips, with 15, and winless Hawaii the least -- just one. A special shout out to Dennis Franchione’s Bobcats, who also lead the FBS in red zone defense, allowing only one touchdown and one field goal in seven trips. Texas State plays at No. 25 Texas Tech on Saturday night.
1. Auburn assistant head coach Trooper Taylor is known throughout the SEC for his sideline enthusiasm. He waves towels. He chest bumps nearly every Tiger who comes off the field. Turns out someone in Washington, D.C. noticed. When the BCS champions visited the White House on Wednesday, head coach Gene Chizik spent some personal time with President Obama. Every player got to shake the President’s hand. But Taylor got to chest bump him. And the Secret Service didn’t even wrestle him to the ground.

2. The ESPNU 150 debuted Wednesday. Before you could hit the refresh button, one of four players on the list from the state of Missouri, wide receiver Durron Neal, verbally committed to ... Oklahoma. Ouch. Until the rest of the Big 12 can divert the top talent away from the Sooners and from Texas, the league will not be as competitive as it should be. Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel has a chance for redemption. Another wide receiver from the state, Dorial Green-Beckham, is rated the No. 3 recruit in the nation.

3. Georgia State head coach Bill Curry announced earlier this week that he had promoted Joe Hamilton into a full-time position as assistant coach. That’s great news for Hamilton, who, like Curry, played up the street at Georgia Tech. Unlike Curry, a lineman, Hamilton is the most prominent quarterback in Yellow Jacket history. He won the Davey O’Brien Award in 1999 and finished second in the Heisman Trophy vote that year. Hamilton is exactly the type of name the Panthers need to gain a toehold in Atlanta.

3-point stance: TCU will make its case

November, 19, 2010
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1. No. 3 TCU coach Gary Patterson comes to Bristol on Friday to make the Horned Frogs’ case for the BCS. No. 4 Boise State will make its case Friday night in a home game against WAC rival Fresno State. The conditions -- rain may turn to snow over the course of the game -- may level the playing field for Fresno State and its power running game. In the BCS war of words, no one will care about the weather or the Bulldogs’ 6-3 record. Boise State is expected to win big again.

2. The picture painted by the Black Coaches Association in the annual minority hiring report it released on Thursday is a brighter one. There are 15 minority head coaches, 12 more than in 2005. Just as important, there are 41 minority coordinators, the positions that develop head coaches. The day may not be far off when, as with NFL quarterbacks, no one feels the need to count anymore.

3. Alabama won its scrimmage against Georgia State, 63-7. Scrimmage? Tide backup tailback Eddie Lacy took the field on the third possession. Starter Mark Ingram didn’t play after the fourth. The Tide coaches will find something to grumble about two missed field goals and a 97-yard kickoff return by Albert Wilson for the Panthers’ only score. But the game itself proved to be as silly as it sounded: No. 11 against a program in its first season. Alabama had no business scheduling it.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

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