On the heels of a successful season-opening meeting last week, the Florida Citrus Sports Team Selection Committee convened again Monday in the East Indoor Club at Camping World Stadium to discuss the group’s impressions from an exciting slate of Week 4 games.
The morning started with a report from Ken Dinklage, who spent his Saturday with Glen Conwell at Clemson, where the No. 2 Tigers overcame an inauspicious start to run away with a 34-7 victory over Boston College in both teams’ second conference game of the season.
The temperature at Memorial Stadium was 88 degrees at kickoff — Dinklage said the complex certainly lived up to its “Death Valley” nickname — and was one of many contests this weekend to welcome our blazer-wearing representatives with unseasonably warm weather.
Elsewhere in the ACC, Steve Stutzer and Robert Slaman headed to Tallahassee for Florida State’s heartbreaking loss to North Carolina State, while John Atwood and his son, Cory, spent some time in Atlanta, where they not only took in a Braves-Phillies game at the team’s new ballpark, but also saw Georgia Tech earn a 35-17 win over Pitt.
Afterward, the Atwoods chatted briefly with current Georgia Tech athletic director and former UCF athletic director Todd Stansbury on the field at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
One of the most eventful visits of the week came at North Carolina, where Mike Brodsky watched Duke extend its unbeaten start to the season thanks to a 27-17 win over the Tar Heels. The morning of the game, Brodsky took part in the Blue Blood Rivalry Run 5K alongside UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham, and during the game, Brodsky had a chance to catch up with Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams, who won his third NCAA championship earlier this year.
The Blue Devils, meanwhile, are 4-0 for just the 10th time since 1940 and will face a stiff test from Miami this Friday, when the Hurricanes travel to Wallace Wade Stadium for their ACC opener.
Other Florida Citrus Sports members who hit the road over the weekend included Bruce Norris and Mike Bartlett, who paid a visit to West Lafayette, Indiana, for Purdue’s home matchup with Michigan. Norris addressed the crowd at Monday morning’s meeting via telephone and spoke positively about the way Wolverines fans traveled for the game.
“You couldn’t help but notice that there were a lot of Michigan fans,” Norris said of the sellout crowd of 60,042, the highest attendance at a Purdue home game since Joe Tiller’s final game, in 2008, adding that, “when you looked around, you noticed that a third to half of the stadium was Michigan.”
Moving south, Bill Reuter and LSU alum Rae Connelly checked out the scene in Baton Rouge, where the hometown Tigers earned a hard-fought 35-26 over visiting Syracuse, while Bob Moore and Rob Rogers descended on Sanford Stadium for Georgia’s 31-3 rout of Mississippi State. Rogers said he and Moore observed a significant MSU presence in Athens throughout the weekend, but that most of the 92,746 in attendance for the battle of Bulldogs seemed to be pulling for Georgia.
The SEC also saw another showdown of teams with identical nicknames when Missouri hosted Auburn, however the matchup on the field proved rather one-sided, as Auburn got the best of Mizzou, 51-14, with FCS representative Bill Jelen in attendance. And in Lexington, Florida earned its 31st consecutive win over Kentucky in arguably the most competitive game on the weekend slate.
“There was a lot of talk in the press box and around the stadium from fans and local Kentucky media about how much support there is for this football program,” said FCS member Richard Singer, who visited the game with Jacob Seifert, when talking about Kentucky. “They’re kind of known as a basketball school and they don’t like that. The fans are there for football. They’re just waiting for the team.”
The next Team Selection Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 9, in our newly-renovated Varsity Club. The Team Selection Committee is an all-volunteer community that represents FCS at games across the Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Big 12, and participation is open to all active members of Florida Citrus Sports. To learn more about membership options, visit our information page.