Author John Feinstein’s latest book, “Quarterback,” is an exploration of the pressure and privilege of the position, seen through the lens of a handful of quarterbacks: Doug Williams, Joe Flacco, Andrew Luck, Alex Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera fired two defensive assistant coaches on Monday and said he was going to take over defensive play-calling duties from coordinator Eric Washington. Will any of it make any difference?
Amid all the records set and touchdowns scored in the Wolfpack 58-3 victory over ECU that wasn’t as close as the score would indicate, there were moments of pure joy sprinkled everywhere, like blueberries in a muffin.
Scottie Montgomery was set up to fail at ECU, caught in a perpetual power struggle that had nothing to do with him and tasked with cleaning up a mess others made for no apparent reason. His predecessor, Ruffin McNeill, never should have been fired.
Scott Darling, placed on waivers Thursday, arrived with the statistics and resume as a backup, and the hopes of an entire franchise on his elevated shoulders, but for whatever reason – a sense of entitlement, a fear of success or maybe just a lack of elite talent – his time with the Carolina Hurricanes has been an unmitigated disaster.
Everyone was watching Zion Williamson, even Indiana, and they were rewarded for their attention with a high-flying windmill dunk, the single most memorable moment of Duke’s 90-69 win over the Hoosiers, the largest margin of victory in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge so far.
Mack Brown’s unlikely return to coach the UNC Tar Heels could work. With potentially 19 starters coming back , North Carolina was already in a position to win eight football games next season with Fedora or Brown or Charlie Brown in charge.
There was actually a reasonable case to be made, strictly on the field, for bringing Larry Fedora back at North Carolina if he hadn’t spent the past few years digging his own professional grave. But the indiscretions piled up, one after another, until he hit rock bottom with the brawl at the end of Saturday’s overtime loss to N.C. State and his subsequent denial it ever happened.
Carolina and Seattle played a back-and-forth game Sunday, one in which the Panthers had scoring opportunities on nearly every possession. Carolina lost 30-27 on Sebastian Janikowski’s 31-yard field goal as time expired.
One moment from N.C. State’s 34-28 overtime win over North Carolina on Saturday will go down in the lore of the rivalry, someday. At this point, there’s too many possibilities to figure out exactly what history will pick.