The Yellow Jacket football team returned to practice yesterday after an unexpected early season bye week. After starting preparations for this week’s opponent last week, Coach Paul Johnson gave the team the weekend off to rest and recuperate after playing 2 games in 6 days to open the season. Some players went home, some stayed on campus, but it sounds like the team will be well rested and prepared for Pitt this weekend.
Speaking of Pitt, the Panthers have a QB controversy on their hands. Starter and USC transfer Max Browne was pulled early in last weekend’s game against Oklahoma State in favor of sophomore Ben Dinucci. Dinucci wasn’t able to lead a comeback but was decent in his first significant action. Browne is a former 5-star prospect and a traditional pocket QB but hasn’t lived up to his standing as a recruit. Dinucci is more of a threat with his legs, which offers another dimension for the Panthers’ offense, but can be a bit loose with the ball (2 interceptions vs OKST). Coach Pat Narduzzi listed Browne and Dinucci as co-starters on his depth chart so we likely won’t know who will be under center until kickoff Saturday and even then, there’s a chance both get snaps.
In a slight surprise, ESPN announced yesterday that the ACC Network will be based out of their Bristol headquarters. Conventional wisdom assumed that the the ACCN would join the SEC Network in ESPN’s Charlotte studios but for one reason or another the decision was made to house the new network on their main campus. Technically, Bristol is within the ACC’s footprint (thanks, Boston College!) but it seems like an odd choice to base the Network in the northeast when they own studio space in the heart of ACC country. On the other hand, being on The Worldwide Leader’s main campus and having easy access to all that entails could be a big boost for the ACCN.
- The North Carolina game on 9/30 has been set for a 12:00 kickoff. Another noon game, but this time it’ll be a nationally televised game on ESPN2, so that’s something.