Monday Morning Tomahawks 06.15.09

Let's start with the Jacobbi McDaniel saga.  He didn't have an offer from the Brewers.  He did tell people he was offered 800K.  We told you from the moment that story broke that Jacobbi could not have an offer that size.  After some digging, Andrew Carter got with some people from the Brewers and they refuted McDaniel's claim.  So why did McDaniel say those things?  Was he coerced into helping a site that promoted him heavily, after that site was embarrassed for publishing a subscription baiting headline back in April?  Maybe McDaniel wanted the spotlight and didn't realize how ridiculous his claim was.  Could he have been tricked my someone calling him proclaiming to be from the Brewers? I'm inclined to believe that there was some shady stuff going on, possibly motivated by some news outlets who are losing subscribers in record numbers.  Andrew Carter has more. Brewers scout: We haven't offered Jacobbi McDaniel a contract -- OrlandoSentinel.com  "An area scouting supervisor for the Milwaukee Brewers told the Orlando Sentinel today that the team has not offered a professional baseball contract to Jacobbi McDaniel, the Madison County High football standout who is considered one of the best players in Florida State 's incoming recruiting class."  McDaniel was never a serious baseball prospect and will play Football for FSU this fall.  He will wear #99.  

Many preseason magazines predict success for FSU Tallahassee Democrat  A look at the preseason rankings for the 'Noles.  Meanwhile, Are FSU Football Preseason Accolades Deserved? · ScalpEm.com  Scalpem thinks maybe they are not.  I take issue with some of the stuff there, mainly that FSU was 5-3 in a much improved 2008 ACC, after going 4-4 in a weak 2007 ACC.  FSU definitely improved in 2008, 1-AA wins or not.

Updated Eligibility Chart - Tomahawk Nation  FSU will have 77 scholarship players this fall, meaning the 'Noles can take a full recruiting class this year, despite NCAA sanctions.

Counting down the ACC's top 30 players: No. 22 Christian Ponder

soflafootball.com reports on Corey Lemonier:  "We are planning, with the Miramar coaches, to go to every Florida school this summer," explained Lemonier. "This year I went to every Florida school but Florida State, but this summer I’m going to go visit Florida State." 

Inside:  information on our opponents!

 

Blogsburg, VA: September to remember- the Miami Hurricanes come to town!
An interesting look at Miami, and some equally fine points in the extended comment section.

 

SportingNews.com - just dumps on Boston College.
2. Boston College,minus-5 wins

2008 record: 9-5 2009 projection: 4-8

Here's why: The Eagles haven't caught a break since 2008. Their coach got canned in a tiff with the athletic director. Their assumed quarterback got suspended, then transferred. Their top two defensive linemen from 2008 were high draft picks. Their best linebacker, maybe the country's best linebacker, is fighting cancer. A first-to-worst fall is in play for BC, which takes its new personnel to Clemson, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame -- all before Halloween. Central Michigan's visit following that gauntlet looms as dangerous, too.

Matt Hayes' five biggest declines:

1. Boston College, minus-5 wins

2008 record: 9-5 2009 projection: 4-8

Here's why: Where do we begin? How about the quarterback spot, where the Eagles lost a fifth-year starter to graduation and projected starter Dominique Davis -- who started three games last year -- is transferring after being suspended for academic problems. That likely leaves redshirt freshman Justin Tuggle to quarterback the team with a new, first-time coach and two new coordinators. And for added difficulty: Tuggle isn't a pure pro-style passer. The offense likely will have to be changed to work with his dual-threat abilities. There are holes on defense that will be exposed when the offense can't move the ball consistently. New coach Frank Spaziani's job was hard enough, considering the circumstances of replacing a fired coach who led the team to back-to-back appearances in the ACC championship game. The tenuous situation at quarterback could make it untenable.

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