Associated Press poll, Sept. 30

4A

1. Charlotte Independence (11) 3-0   119 1

2. Matthews Butler (1)   4-0   105   2

3. Raleigh Millbrook      6-0   96   3

4. Raleigh Leesville Road      6-0   74   5

5. Davie County      4-1   47   6

6. Fayetteville Britt      4-1   42   4

7. Wilmington Hoggard      3-1   38   7

8. East Mecklenburg      4-0   34   8

9. Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor      5-1   27   9

T10. Asheville Reynolds      4-1   25   —

T10. Fayetteville Seventy-First      5-0   25   —

Others receiving votes: Richmond County 15, Mallard Creek 4, West Forsyth 2, Charlotte Myers Park 2, East Forsyth 2, East Burke 1, Greensboro Page 1, Greenville Rose 1.

3A

1. Greensboro Dudley (10)   5-0   118   1

2. Rocky Mount (2)   4-1   105   2

3. Eastern Alamance      5-0   81   3

4. Jamestown Ragsdale      5-0   73   4

5. Belmont South Point      5-1   69   5

6. West Craven      5-0   52   6

7. Waynesville Tuscola      5-0   48   9

8. Winston-Salem Carver     5-1   42   7

9. Harnett Central      4-1   22   —

10. Oxford Webb      4-1   18   10

Others receiving votes: Asheville Roberson 9, West Rowan 8, Wilson Fike 3, Kinston 3, Kannapolis Brown 3, SE Guilford 2, Mooresville 1, Charlotte Catholic 1, Asheville 1, Hertford County 1.

2A

1. Reidsville (12)   5-0   120   1

2. Jacksonville Northside      5-0   101   2

3. Newton-Conover      5-0   87   3

4. SW Onslow      5-0   83   5

5. Lincolnton      5-1   64   7

6. Lenoir Hibriten      5-0   58   6

7. Bunn      4-1   37   8

8. Eastern Guilford      5-0   32   9

9. South Columbus      4-1   22  10

10. Tarboro      5-1   19   4

Others receiving votes: Canton Pisgah 11, Salisbury 10, East Lincoln 8, Shelby 7, East Duplin 1.

1A

1. Warsaw Kenan (7)   6-0   112   1

2. Thomasville (3)   5-0   105   3

3. Mt. Airy (2)   5-0   104   2

4. Murphy      6-0   83   4

5. Albemarle      4-1   62   5

6. Siler City Jordan-Matthews      5-1   37   6

7. Cherokee      6-0   30   9

8. Dunn Midway      5-0   27   10

9. Plymouth      4-1   26   7

10. East Bladen      5-1   18   8

Others receiving votes: Topsail 14, Jones Senior 10, Robbinsville 6, Louisburg 5, West Montgomery 5, Seven Springs Spring Creek 5, Elkin 4, Hendersonville 4, East Surry 3.

How I voted, Sept. 30

4A

1. Charlotte Independence

2. Matthews Butler

3. Raleigh Millbrook

4. Fayetteville Seventy-First

5. Raleigh Leesville Road

6. East Mecklenburg

7. Wilmington Hoggard

8. Charlotte Mallard Creek

9. Richmond County

10. Fayetteville Britt

3A

1. Rocky Mount

2. Greensboro Dudley

3. West Craven

4. Eastern Alamance

5. Harnett Central

6. Jamestown Ragsdale

7. Belmont South Point

8. Waynesville Tuscola

9. Kinston

10. Wilson Fike

2A

1. Reidsville

2. Jacksonville Northside

3. Newton-Conover

4. SW Onslow

5. Lincolnton

6. Lenoir Hibriten

7. Bunn

8. East Lincoln

9. Tarboro

10. East Duplin

1A

1. Warsaw Kenan

2. Thomasville

3. Mount Airy

4. Murphy

5. Jones Senior

6. Albemarle

7. Dunn Midway

8. Cherokee

9. Topsail

10. East Surry

Check back here around 4 p.m. for the Associated Press poll.

Pick these games, Week 7

Prep

Kinston at Wilmington Hoggard

North Lenoir at Eastern Wayne

Swansboro at South Lenoir

Parrott Academy at Northeast Academy

Goldsboro Rosewood at Jones Senior

College (a horrible week of choices…)

Florida State at Miami

South Carolina at Mississippi

UNLV at Colorado State

Ohio State at Wisconsin

Illinois at Michigan

Pro

Indianapolis at Houston

Chicago at Detroit

Tennessee at Baltimore

New England at San Francisco

Buffalo at Arizona

I need some help with my iPod!

Could this be the (temporary) end of the iPod shuffle in my MNRs? I need some help from some of you technical guys — although I think I’ve already screwed my iPod up.

As I usually do first thing in the a.m., I plugged my iPod into my work computer, which hosts my library. Somehow, I hit a button and wiped the memory of my iPod and now all I have are the videos, TV shows and music I have bought from iTunes — I don’t have any of the freaking 2,300 or so songs I’ve painfully downloaded over the past year and a half!

Is there any way to get them back? I’ve unplugged the iPod, tried to reset, but I’m still stuck with 132 songs (that I bought) and that’s all.

Yes, I’m frustrated. Can someone a little smarter than me (and that describes a lot of you out there!) help me?!?!?

Standings after Week 6

This was the toughest week of the young season as only five of you guys (Deep Run Pirate, Tate Mooring, ENCMetalhead, Drugpusher and KTown Pirate) had 11 games correct. KTP went 11-3 — I didn’t count my erroneous Kinston-Wilmington Hoggard pick against him — so he was technically the top picker this week by percentage.

No one went 5-0 in either college (all 40 of us missed Houston over ECU!) or pros. Twelve of us went 5-0 in preps.

Eastern gained another game on second place, though, with his 10-5 week. I’m in second place, five games back, while there’s a three-way tie for third, seven games back.

Again, many thanks to my tremendous, terrific, tabulating, tantalizing, thrilling, teddy bear-loving girlfriend for her help in putting this together

1. Eastern                                   67-22 (.753)         10-5

2. Hanks                                     62-27 (.697)          10-5

T3. COliver                                   60-29 (.674)         9-6

T3. Heelatious                               60-29 (.674)          8-7

T3. Jagshouse                                60-29 (.674)          9-6

T3. JWade                                      60-29 (.674)          7-8

T3. Rocky                                      60-29 (.674)          9-6

8. Native Son                               59-30 (.663)          10-5 (5-0 in preps) 

T9. Deep Run Pirate                     58-31 (.652)          11-4  (5-0 in preps)

T9. GWhitley                                 58-31 (.652)         8-7

Others:

Clay                                          57-32 (.640)          7-8

Blake H.                                    56-33 (.629)          9-6

Johnny Kennedy                    56-33 (.629)          7-8

Jourbet                                    56-33 (.629)          4-11

Randy Capps                           56-33 (.629)          9-6 (5-0 in preps)

Tatemooring                          56-33 (.629)          11-4 (5-0 in preps)

Shandsp                                  55-34 (.618)          10-5

Taplie Coile                             55-34 (.618)          10-5

Diamondheels                         54-35 (.607)          9-6

ENCMetalhead                      54-35 (.607)          11-4

Petey Pablo                            53-36 (.596)          7-8

The Kid                                   53-36 (.596)           9-6

Greg Melvin                           52-37 (.584)          7-8

Horns                                        52-37 (.584)          9-6

Omega07solo                          52-37 (.584)          6-9

Rousehouse                            52-37 (.584)          9-6

Wimpy57                                52-37 (.584)          10-5

Coach5511                              50-39 (.562)          8-7

John Q. Awesome                  49-40 (.551)          10-5 (5-0 in preps)

RJarman                                48-26 (.649)          9-6 (5-0 in preps)

KHS Defensive Tackle          48-41 (.539)         7-8

Jackson                                    47-27 (.635)          —–

Drugpusher                             47-28 (.627)          11-4

Bluedevil99                               47-42 (.528)          8-7

Jeff Howard                            46-38 (.548)          8-7

ECPirates11                            44-30 (.595)          8-7

Tranters                                  43-31 (.593)          8-7 (5-0 in preps)

Comet65                                 40-34 (.541)          9-6

TwinFan                                39-21 (.650)          9-6

KTownPirate                        24-20 (.545)         11-3 (left out Clinton-SL game)

Deep Run Dynasty                22-22 (.500)          —–

Alan                                          21-9 (.700)          —–

MrNLHS1991                       20-25 (.444)          4-11

HSR                                          19-11 (.633)          —–

AdrianBrewer                        15-14 (.517)          —–

Scott44544                         9-6 (.600)           —–

Carlogan*                            7-8 (.467)          7-8

* indicates first-week player

Morning News Report; Sept. 29, 2008

Before we get started: my apologies. When I got to work this morning, my computer was not working, so it’s finally going again at 11:45 a.m. Thanks for the e-mails and concern — but we’re now back up again…

And without further ado – your MNR: 

CITIGROUP TO PURCHASE WACHOVIA

And the banking wheel continues to go round and round: Citigroup, based in New York City, will purchase Wachovia, which originated in Winston-Salem. The FDIC brokered the deal but made it clear that Wachovia wasn’t going under.

My take: My friends, these are some scary times. Last week’s Washington Mutual sale — along with the Wachovia buyout and the $700 billion government buyout — should show us that things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better.

REDSKINS SPANK THAT COWBOY BOOTY

The Washington Redskins made sure their final trip to Texas Stadium was a successful one, defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 26-24, Sunday afternoon.

My take: As an unapologetic ‘Skins fan, I absolutely LOVED it. It just helps prove that the NFC East is — by far — the best division in the NFL.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR ARRESTED SATURDAY NIGHT

Actress Heather Locklear was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of controlled substances Saturday. A concerned citizen observed Locklear stumbling around before she got into her car, where she ended up parking it on a road. Locklear was tested for alcohol but it came up negative. Her drug test results will come in later this week.

My take: She was treated for depression earlier this year, so maybe it was some of those type of drugs. Regardless, she still looked HOT, even in her mug shot:

092908-locklear.jpg 

The iPod shuffle

Jesus Walks — Kanye West

Believe It Or Not — Nickelback

Margaritaville — Jimmy Buffett

Crossroads — Cream

Something In The Way She Moves — James Taylor

Saturday college football thoughts

Some thoughts and observations about the college football world while the hot blonde applies something to the sunburn I have on my nose — that I got while watching my beloved Virginia Cavaliers lose at Dook Duke today.

  • Virginia is bad — really, really bad. Thank God Saturday’s embarrassing loss will certainly put the nail in Al Groh’s coffin. An insider (you know who you are!) claims that Skip Holtz will be the next Virginia coach. I have absolutely no problem with that.
  • Congratulations to Duke and their football fans. Note: I didn’t congratulate Duke’s basketball fans. I’ve never been to a college football game before and seen as many basketball jerseys as I saw at today’s game. Regardless, good for David Cutliffe and the Devils — you spanked my Wahoos good today.
  • East Carolina is evidently not as good as we thought they were. The hot blonde tells me that of 40 entries this week in our pick ‘em contest, not one person picked Houston to win. Virginia Tech and West Virginia weren’t as good as we thought they’d be, either, meaning those wins weren’t as impressive as they initially appeared. ECU will likely not be in the top 25 anymore this season — and the Pirates don’t deserve to be, either.
  • Another nugget I have to credit the hot blonde with (yes, I’m blessed — she’s a sports nut, too): Skip Holtz is probably ecstatic he signed that contract extension before today’s stinker. He’s still a hell of a coach — don’t freak out, Pirate Nation — and he’s certainly welcome in Charlottesville.
  • The ACC is simply up for grabs. UNC wins at Miami? Duke wins a league game for the first time in 20 years? (OK, slight exaggeration there). Maryland wins at everyone’s top 10 team Clemson? Wake loses at home to Navy — which lost to Duke earlier this year? The league is anyone’s to win this year. Well, except Virginia (which reminds me: **** you, Al Groh.)

Sept. 26 scores

Come back all night for scores from our area and all over the state:

C.B. Aycock 28, North Lenoir 18

Clinton 34, South Lenoir 0

Halifax Academy 38, Parrott Academy 6

James Kenan 23, Greene Central 6

Ayden-Grifton 46, Farmville Central 14

Statewide scores, courtesy of The Associated Press:

Apex 35, Raleigh Athens Drive 21

Apex Middle Creek 45, Morrisville Green Hope 14

Asheville Reynolds 42, East Burke 41, OT

Asheville Roberson 37, Franklin 13

Ayden-Grifton 46, Farmville Central 14

Black Mountain Owen 23, Avery County 14

Canton Pisgah 30, East Rutherford 27

Cape Fear 44, Fayetteville Sanford 41

Cary 34, Lee County 20

Charlotte Catholic 35, Charlotte Olympic 13

Charlotte Christian 23, Jireh Prep 6

Charlotte Country Day 13, Raleigh Ravenscroft 6

Cherokee 27, Hayesville 7

Charlotte Providence 32, Weddington 10

Cherryville 18, West Lincoln 14

Clinton 34, South Lenoir 0

Copper Basin, Tenn. 28, Andrews 27

Creswell 32, Jamesville 8

Dunn Midway 49, Rosewood 6

Durham Riverside 45, East Chapel Hill 28

East Lincoln 14, North Lincoln 13

Eastern Alamance 32, Graham 12

Erwin Triton 27, Southern Lee 6

Fayetteville Byrd 28, Southern Pines Pinecrest 21

Fayetteville Seventy-First 32, Hoke County 6

Franklinton 34, Princeton 28

Fuquay-Varina 41, Panther Creek 0

Garner 28, Clayton 20

Gastonia Forestview 26, Lawndale Burns 0

Goldsboro 42, Wallace-Rose Hill 6

Greenville Rose 49, West Carteret 21

Harnett Central 21, South Johnston 13

Havelock 12, New Bern 8

Hendersonville 28, Burnsville Mountain Heritage 20

Hickory 17, Maiden 7

Hobbton 20, North Duplin 6

Hope Mills South View 35, Lumberton 7

Jacksonville Northside 49, Swansboro 0

Kernersville McGuinness 21, East Wilkes 12

Knightdale 30, Southeast Raleigh 21

Lincolnton 21, South Iredell 13

Louisburg 46, Roanoke Rapids 6

Mooresville 28, East Rowan 0

Murphy 56, Rosman 7

New Hanover County 27, Jacksonville White Oak 16

Newton-Conover 29, Newton Foard 20

North Buncombe 40, Enka 17

North Pitt 33, Pamlico County 20

Northern Durham 31, Durham Jordan 13

Northern Nash 20, Southern Vance 15

Northern Vance 32, Warren County 0

Northwest Cabarrus 14, North Iredell 7

Pasquotank County 12, Currituck County 6

Pembroke Swett 27, Fayetteville Smith 7

Pender County 18, Rocky Point Trask 0

Pikeville Aycock 28, North Lenoir 18

Pittsboro Northwood 48, Carrboro 30

Plymouth 42, Pinetown Northside 15

Polk County 28, Madison County 0

R-S Central 26, West Henderson 24

Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 36, North Raleigh Christian 6

Raleigh Leesville Road 34, Raleigh Enloe 0

Raleigh Millbrook 35, Raleigh Broughton 33

Raleigh Wakefield 34, Raleigh Sanderson 14

Reidsville 49, Magna Vista, Va. 6

Richlands 30, Croatan 19

Robbinsville 42, Swain County 0

Rocky Mount 63, Southern Wayne 6

Salemburg Lakewood 28, Lejeune 6

Shelby 31, Brevard 0

Smithfield-Selma 18, East Wake 7

South Brunswick 55, Fayetteville Christian 14

South Caldwell 27, McDowell County 0

South Columbus 27, North Brunswick 6

South Granville 35, Yanceyville Yancey 8

Southern Durham 12, Durham Hillside 9

Southern Nash 22, North Johnston 21

SouthWest Edgecombe 13, Tarboro 7

Southwest Onslow 16, East Duplin 0

Spring Lake Overhills 33, Cameron Union Pines 7

Swan Quarter Mattamuskeet 24, Columbia 0

Thomasville 42, Chatham Central 0

Warsaw Kenan 23, Greene Central 6

Washington 42, Greenville Conley 6

Watauga County 21, Alexander Central 7

Waynesville Tuscola 29, Asheville Erwin 14

West Columbus 27, Fairmont 6

West Craven 35, South Central Pitt 14

West Forsyth 35, East Forsyth 13

West Iredell 24, South Rowan 20

West Johnston 41, Holly Springs 31

West Rowan 41, Statesville 7

Western Harnett 39, Hope Mills Gray’s Creek 34

Whiteville 21, East Columbus 7

Wilkes Central 28, North Wilkes 6

Williamston 26, Manteo 6

Wilmington Ashley 14, Jacksonville 10

Wilmington Hoggard 20, West Brunswick 10

Wilson Fike 38, Wilson Hunt 9

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS

Siler City Jordan-Matthews vs. East Montgomery, ppd. to Sep 29.

Southwestern Randolph vs. Eastern Randolph, ppd. to Sep 29.

North Moore vs. South Davidson, ppd. to Sep 29.

Jamestown Ragsdale vs. Southeast Guilford, ppd. to Sep 29.

Southern Guilford vs. West Montgomery, ppd. to Sep 29.

Pfafftown Reagan vs. Ashe County, ppd. to Sep 29.

Marvin Ridge vs. Kannapolis Brown, ppd. to Sep 29.

Mallard Creek vs. Concord Robinson, ppd. to Sep 29.

West Charlotte vs. Huntersville Hopewell, ppd. to Sep 29.

East Bladen vs. St. Pauls, ppd. to Sep 29.

East Henderson vs. Forest City Chase, ppd. to Sep 29.

Belmont South Point vs. East Gaston, ppd. to Sep 29.

Shelby Crest vs. Gastonia Ashbrook, ppd. to Sep 29.

North Gaston vs. Gastonia Huss, ppd. to Sep 27.

West Caldwell vs. Catawba Bandys, ppd. to Sep 27.

Lenoir Hibriten vs. Hickory St. Stephens, ppd. to Sep 27.

Asheville vs. Morganton Freedom, ppd. to Sep 29.

North Davidson vs. High Point Central, ppd. to Sep 29.

Trinity vs. Randleman, ppd. to Sep 29.

North Rowan vs. Thomasville Ledford, ppd. to Sep 29.

Hillsborough Cedar Ridge vs. Eastern Guilford, ppd. to Sep 29.

Salisbury vs. Central Davidson, ppd. to Sep 29.

Lexington vs. East Davidson, ppd. to Sep 29.

Providence Grove vs. West Davidson, ppd. to Sep 29.

Alleghany County vs. East Surry, ppd. to Sep 27.

Surry Central vs. North Surry, ppd. to Sep 29.

South Mecklenburg vs. East Mecklenburg, ppd. to Sep 29.

Charlotte Myers Park vs. Charlotte Independence, ppd. to Sep 29.

Indian Trail Porter Ridge vs. Monroe Sun Valley, ppd. to Sep 29.

China Grove Carson vs. Lake Norman, ppd. to Sep 27.

Albemarle vs. West Stanly, ppd. to Sep 29.

Charlotte Ardrey Kell vs. Matthews Butler, ppd. to Sep 29.

West Mecklenburg vs. Charlotte Garinger, ppd. to Sep 29.

Charlotte Waddell vs. Charlotte Harding, ppd. to Sep 29.

Bunn vs. Nash Central, ppd.

Southeast Halifax vs. North Edgecombe, ppd. to Sep 29.

East Bend Forbush vs. Boonville Starmount, ppd. to Sep 27.

Bassett, Va. vs. Mayodan McMichael, ppd. to Sep 29.

South Stokes vs. North Stokes, ppd. to Sep 29.

Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor vs. Northwest Guilford, ppd. to Sep 29.

Elkin vs. West Wilkes, ppd. to Sep 29.

GW-Danville, Va. vs. Winston-Salem Parkland, ppd. to Sep 29.

Greensboro Smith vs. Winston-Salem Carver, ppd. to Sep 29.

Burlington Williams vs. Burlington Cummings, ppd. to Sep 29.

Fayetteville Britt vs. Richmond County, ppd. to Sep 27.

Red Springs vs. South Robeson, ppd. to Sep 29.

Rockingham County vs. Greensboro Dudley, ppd. to Sep 29.

Mt. Pleasant vs. Monroe, ppd. to Sep 27.

North Mecklenburg vs. Central Cabarrus, ppd. to Sep 29.

Monroe Sun Valley vs. Hickory Ridge, ppd. to Sep 29.

Holtz’ contract approved

From the ECU media relations department:

NEW SKIP HOLTZ CONTRACT APPROVED BY ECU BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Pirate Head Football Coach To Earn Possible $9.5 Million In Compensation Package

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina University has announced that an extension of head football coach Skip Holtz’ contract, which would help secure his position through the 2013 season, was approved Friday by the University’s Board of Trustees. The new six-year agreement provides a guaranteed compensation package of $4.07 million and a modified incentive and bonus structure that could reach a total of approximately $9.5 million.

Holtz, who has led the Pirates to two bowl appearances and consecutive winning seasons for the first time since the 1999 and 2000 campaigns, has guided No. 23 East Carolina to a 3-1 start in 2008. Included in the three victories was a 27-22 triumph over No. 17 Virginia Tech in the season opener and a 24-3 decision over No. 8 West Virginia that vaulted ECU into the Top 25 for the first time since 1999. 

The contract calls for a guaranteed base salary, marketing, radio and television total of $565,000 in 2008 with an increase to $605,000 in 2009 before $50,000 additions in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 if Holtz remains the head coach for the Pirates. Incentive and bonus compensation related to season ticket sales (amount equal to $25 per season ticket sold), Pirate Club donations (amount equal to five percent of annual fund) and student academic success (starting at $100,000 and increasing by $25,000 per year) are also a part of the agreement.

“I remain genuinely appreciative and grateful to the leadership we have at East Carolina for the confidence and support they have in the direction that our program is heading,” Holtz said. “The level of commitment that is currently in place at ECU and the unmatched support of the Pirate Nation have allowed us to be in a competitive position at college football’s highest level.”

Holtz, 44, became East Carolina’s 19th head football coach in the school’s history on Dec. 3, 2004 and quickly revived a program that had won just three contests in a 25-game period in two-plus seasons prior to his arrival. Accompanying the Pirates’ turnaround on the field, which include a 7-6 finish in 2006 and an 8-5 record in 2007, has been dramatic school-record attendance increases at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

In all, ECU has drawn six of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium’s top 10 all-time crowds since Holtz’ arrival which helped produce new school records a year ago in both average (41,537) and total attendance (249,219). The Pirates’ 2008 home opener against the Mountaineers Sept. 6 drew 43,610 fans, ranking as the largest in the Holtz Era and fourth-largest in stadium history.

“The contract is consistent with our desire to continue the tremendous strides our football program has made over the past four years.” East Carolina Director of Athletics Terry Holland said. “One of the keys to our growth has been the stability of leadership and it is our hope that this will remain in place in the future.”

East Carolina also captured its first post-season victory since 1999 under Holtz’ leadership last year when the Pirates posted a 41-38 win over No. 24 Boise State in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl. He currently owns an overall record of 23-18 heading into Saturday’s Conference USA contest against Houston, despite annually playing one of the toughest schedules in program history over the past four years that includes 13 (of 14) non-conference games against Bowl Championship Series members.

The agreement also includes a $100,000 buy-out clause should Holtz leave ECU prior to the expiration of the contract.

My take: This is a straight-up great deal for Pirate Nation. Seriously — you’re going to have to come up with some more cha-ching if you expect to hold onto him; I don’t have the time to look up the numbers now, but pretty much any BCS school can match these numbers.

ECU is certainly getting their money’s worth with this deal.