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Caulton Tudor

Pirates earn a Ruff A; Fedora gets a D

Posted September 30, 2013

Ruffin McNeill, ECU, A: The 55-31 win at UNC Saturday came with few warts. 

The offense was spectacular throughout, and although the defense gave up more than 450 yards, much of that was due to the fact Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner is a prolific passer working with a group of gifted receivers.

Star running back Vintavious Cooper got banged up in the second half but returned fairly fast after some medical attention on the sidelines.

There was a lot of pressure on McNeill to deliver a lasting memory to the anxious Pirate fan base. He did just that.

In fact, the Pirates very well could be 2-0 vs. the ACC Coastal. Had sophomore linebacker Montese Overton been able to hang on to an errant Logan Thomas pass against Virginia Tech, the Pirates likely would have won 17-13 rather than losing 13-10.

But now comes the tricky next step – a trip to Middle Tennessee this week. The Blue Raiders (3-2, 1-0 Conference USA) lost 40-20 at UNC on Sept. 7.

It should have “letdown situation” written next to the 3:30 p.m. starting time on the schedule.

Previous McNeill grades: Two Bs, one C.

Larry Fedora, UNC, D: The good news for the Tar Heel coach is that other than against Duke and Miami, his defenders shouldn’t be subjected to the sort of unrelenting blitzkrieg they confronted against ECU’s Shane Carden.

At Virginia Tech this Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL TV), the problem will be dealing with the Hokies’ press-man pass defensive pass coverage and QB Logan Thomas’ running/scrambling ability.

It’ll be a much simpler afternoon for the Carolina linebackers and secondary.

But Fedora clearly is facing challenges on both the personnel and morale fronts.

Other than Renner, the receivers and running back A.J. Blue, confidence is down across the board and the defense just simply no longer has the pro-like talent to overcome its inexperience and complex opposing offenses.

Previous Fedora grades: One B, one C, one D.

Dave Doeren, NCSU, B: Other than the loss to Clemson, the Wolfpack’s schedule has been easy and may stay easy for a while.

At Wake Forest this Saturday (3:30 p.m.) and against Syracuse on Oct. 12 in Raleigh, the obviously improved Wolfpack defense should be able to provide still-learning quarterback Pete Thomas with much of the same pressure cushion as was the case in Saturday’s 48-14 win over Central Michigan.

But even though the schedule has been mostly light and entirely home-based, Doeren’s first team has been consistently impressive.

Previous Doeren grades: Two Bs, one C.

David Cutcliffe, Duke, B: Although quarterback Brandon Connette got dinged up some in the 38-31 win over Troy Saturday in Durham, the 3-2 Blue Devils aren’t yet in a dire situation.

With an open date to prepare for the Navy option (Oct. 12 in Durham), Cutcliffe now can rest Connette for a few days and check up on Anthony Boone’s rehab progress from his shoulder injury.

Three other potential positives popped up Saturday: Carolina’s defensive problems against ECU, Virginia’s offensive problems in a 14-3 loss at Pitt and Wake Forest’s quick surrender against Clemson in Winston-Salem.

For the Devils, it’s all about counting to six wins. They’re halfway there,  and the remaining schedule is looking less formidable as season progresses.

Previous Cutcliffe  grades: One A, one B, one C, one D.

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  • FE_ORA Oct 1, 11:30 a.m.

    Some told me there is no D in Fe_ora

  • YouGotThatRight Sep 30, 11:09 p.m.

    It's Ruff N, don't you get it? Go queen the dishes! If Fedora had not showed up he would have gotten an A himself.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Sep 30, 10:51 p.m.

    That performance did not rate a D....it was a F type of game. The D was for the poor showing of... View More

    — Posted by 75Tarheel

    Well said.

  • tayled Sep 30, 8:52 p.m.

    It's really a shame that coaches get too much credit for wins and too much blame for losses.

  • tlesley4ncsu Sep 30, 5:12 p.m.

    Must have used a curve for grading. Looked like a solid "F" to me. Lucky for UNC... View More

    — Posted by lec02572

    Did they file an illegal grade change????

    — Posted by KTs Choo Choo Train Engineering

    Holden Thorp had an independent panel headed by Jim Martin to look into this grade. Unlike their previous investigation and after reviewing game film from Saturday...they discovered a number of athletic violations on the field this past Saturday. By coming forth with these violations they were given a D instead of an F.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Sep 30, 4:37 p.m.

    A+ to Coach Doeren and Debbie Yow for the Division II championship!!

    — Posted by Jewelry-EricLeak

    LOL, you say that as if it is a bad thing that we're beating the teams we're supposed to beat, while going toe-to-toe with the #3 team in the nation.

    You guys are so miserable with your own team. Do you need to talk about it? Get it off your chest? Shed a few tears? We're here for ya, buddy! We only want you to be as happy as we are. Scout's honor! ;)

  • Jewelry-EricLeak Sep 30, 4:27 p.m.

    A+ to Coach Doeren and Debbie Yow for the Division II championship!!

  • Deacons Sep 30, 3:40 p.m.

    That performance did not rate a D....it was a F type of game. The D was for the poor showing of... View More

    — Posted by 75Tarheel

    I agree. Losing as a home favorite to a Conference USA team deserves a big fat F. Yes, ECU is good but not great. Fedora's teams continue giving up a lot of points while only scoring on weak teams or weak defensive teams. Sorry, but until he can prove that I am wrong, I have no respect for Fedora.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Sep 30, 3:36 p.m.

    Fedora gets a D

    He wished he had a D...The 55 points on the scoreboard proves that he doesn't...

    — Posted by 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears

    Yeah, a test score of 55 is usually an "F".

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Sep 30, 3:34 p.m.

    Now let's do the same to NC State and all will be great in Pirate Nation.

    — Posted by me2you

    State's D-line is top 25 in the nation. Don't count on such an easy game. Y'all are good and you might even win in Raleigh, too. But if you do, it should be a dogfight.

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