Author: 919sportsreport

Gensler’s Heroics Save Camels late

By: Trey Walker

Final: Campbell 71 – New Orleans 69

The Campbell Camels are rolling through this year’s College Basketball Invitational Tournament.

Monday evening the Camels squared off against the Privateers from New Orleans. Campbell extends their CBI win streak to two after a first round defeat of Miami University.

Raleigh product Chris Clemons led the Camels in scoring with 35. Campbell found themselves in a little bit of a hole at the half, down 9 points to the Privateers.

With a trip to the next round on the line, Campbell fought back in the second half. A deep three pointer from Chris Clemons at the 2:39 minute mark gave the Camels the 2 point advantage going down the stretch.

New Orleans’ responded later with an equalizer from Ezekiel Charles to make the score 69-69.

It looked as though this battle wouldn’t be settled in regulation.

But Cory Gensler had other plans…..

The former Cary standout nailed this midrange jumper to take his team to the next round.

Campbell will face off with the University of San Francisco on Thursday in the CBI semi-finals.

CFB Impressions and Predictions: Week 2

By: Trey Walker

This football season is still very young, and lots can change. However, some teams have started to pave their paths early on for the whole year. Let’s check it out….

NC State: 

Marshall was a nice break. It took State a while to wake up, as Marshall came thundering out of the gate up 13-3 early. But monster performances from Kelvin Harmon and All-American Jaylen Samuels helped the Pack come out on top.

Big time players make big time plays……

Next week’s matchup should be more of the same. State’s offense really stepped up to the plate in the second half and proved they could get things going. Furman will have no match for weapons like Samuels and on the ground game with Gallaspy. This will be a commanding win for NCSU.

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Might I say Duke is a football school?

All signs are pointing toward a promising year for the Blue Devils. After a lopsided victory week 1 versus NCCU, Daniel Jones and Company welcomed some tougher competition into town in Northwestern.

This didn’t seem to change things.

Duke is rolling right now on both sides of the ball, and I think they will be too much for a struggling Baylor team.


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North Carolina: 

Where to begin?

Carolina is a mess right now. As long as the quarterback competition between LSU grad transfer Brandon Harris and redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt remains “open”, expect an out-of-sync offense for the Heels.

However, the defense that was supposedly poised to have the most experience on the team, and lead the Heels this year, is not living up to the hype. They rank 126th in total defense in the FBS (3 from last place), surrendering on average 7.53 yards per play and 587.0 yards per game. No wonder Lamar Jackson looked great last week, not only is he an incredible athlete that can get yards in all ways possible, but he played arguably one of the worst defenses in football last week. Those two factors aligned to create the perfect storm of 525 total yards and SIX touchdowns. Yikes.

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Lamar Jackson had no trouble getting in his groove against a struggling Tar Heel defense          (PC:

Tar Heel fans, prepare for a long season ahead…..

As far as this week’s matchup goes, the Tar Heels will most likely earn a much needed win, as they travel up to Norfolk with a matchup with Old Dominion. Last time the Tar Heels met with the Monarchs, they led 80-20 going into the fourth quarter, and it had to be shortened.  This is a struggling team but I am confident they will walk away with a W.


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Baker Mayfield’s 226 yard/2 TD performance to lead the Sooners over Ohio State bumps him just above Lamar Jackson in this week’s 919 Sports Report Heismo-Meter….

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Our graphics guy, Ross Bechtel displayed the Heisman standings after Week 2 in the 919SR Heismo-Meter

Howard’s Homecoming Cut Short

By: Trey Walker

With the NBA Draft just two days away, teams are scrambling to get their last trades in and compile as many picks as possible for this unusually heavy draft class. For the most part, no blockbuster trades have been made.

However, rumors arose earlier today that the Hornets and Hawks had engaged in trade talks. It was later confirmed that the Hawks dealt Charlotte Dwight Howard and the 31st pick in this year’s draft. In turn the Hawks received Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, and the 41st pick. Dwight Howard’s time in his hometown of Atlanta was cut to only one season.


Well, the Hawks have established a couple things in this trade. First, Dwight Howard was not worth the money. This move frees up about 5 million in cap space for Atlanta. Also, the Hawks have moved into re-building mode. Paul Millsap will most likely not return to a team that has only a few assets. A new group of front office personnel is ready to start fresh from the ground up.

Charlotte made out like a bandit, kind of. Dwight Howard is definitely on the back half of his career but will provide size and valuable rim-protection. Howard is a high riser that can catch lobs and isn’t easily bullied in the post. Last season Howard saw career highs in field goal percentage and offensive rebounds.

Bottom Line: Solid move for Charlotte. Also, Two Tobacco Road legends will finally be reunited.

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Ryan Kelly and Miles Plumlee were college teammates at Duke. 

NC State settles with Keatts


By: Trey Walker

Friday afternoon, a new era began for Wolfpack basketball. A team with a once unstable future has finally found someone to bring some stability in former UNCW head coach, Kevin Keatts. And people already love him.


Kevin Keatts spent the last 3 seasons at UNCW (PC: wralsportsfan)

Who is this guy?

That’s a great question. Kevin Keatts has held coaching positions all over the place: Southwestern Michigan College, Hargrave, and Marshall, but his most recent pit stop was at UNCW, where he successfully turned an ailing program into a back-to-back NCAA tournament qualifier and powerhouse in the Colonial Athletic Conference. Before Wilmington, Keatts was the Associate Head Coach under Rick Pitino at Louisville, where he was apart of the 2013 national championship.

What is he going to change? What does he do well?

Recruiting. This dude kills the recruiting game. Mark Gottfried didn’t struggle to land big time recruits, and Keatts shouldn’t have a problem continuing that trend. During his time at Louisville, he compiled 2 top-10 recruiting classes.

Bottom line: This was a great hire for the Wolfpack. Keatts is young, energetic, structured, and has been successful everywhere he has coached. As far as returning talent, the future is uncertain. Omer Yurtseven has declared that he will test his possibilities, Abdul-Malik Abu’s return is again in question, and DSJ is packing his bags. I believe that after he gets his system installed, Keatts can make NC State competitive again, and put the program back on the map.

NCFC agrees to historic merger

By: Trey Walker

North Carolina FC continues to prove to the MLS why they are worthy of the MLS bid they seek. This afternoon, the soccer club agreed to a “Strategic Collaboration” with youth programs: Capital Area Soccer League(CASL) and Triangle Futbol Club Alliance(TFCA). This new agreement has forged what is now the largest youth development league in the country.

In the past, CASL had been sponsored by Chelsea Football Club (England) and most recently have maintained a relationship with the Carolina Railhawks. This merger will grow to what is already a successful youth development league. Since 2013, the Railhawks Academy has churned out college talent, graduating 71 players to the collegiate ranks. NCFC’s owner Steve Malik, believes that this move is pivotal in his organizations MLS campaign.

“North Carolina FC Youth will be home to more than 13,500 youth players and will be a key positive differentiator in our already strong Major League Soccer bid. The collaboration shows the unified and powerful support of soccer at all levels in our area. I want to personally thank the visionary leadership of CASL and TFCA for their work in accomplishing this goal.” – Steve Malik

Although this transaction takes place on the youth level, it is worth of your attention. Steve Malik and company are really laying it all out there to try to snag the MLS bid, and they may just get it….


Manziel comforts Trump, deletes account after

By: Trey Walker

It has been quite an interesting time in the political world of the United States recently, and earlier this month, former president Barack Obama passed the presidential torch to the Republican victor, Donald Trump. In this article, OT Sports analyzed the impact of Johnny Manziel’s Twitter posts in his own career, and in the political atmosphere.

DISCLAIMER: OT Sports is not a political news outlet. Our mission is to deliver the best stories in the sports world. However, in this particular instance, politics crossed paths with the beaten path of our sports coverage, so giving this matter some recognition seemed appropriate.

We have a soft spot for Johnny Manziel. He has always found away to beat the odds against him. Standing at a meager 6′ 0″, Manziel was never deemed worthy by scouts to be a good quarterback, but proved otherwise. After winning the Heisman Trophy, given to the best player in college football, in his freshman year, he finished his career as an Aggie, and left after his sophomore year to pursue his dream of playing in the National Football League. The Cleveland Browns decided to give the troubled quarterback a chance, promising that they would provide stability for him. Unfortunately Manziel fell out of the league after a short two seasons, struggling again with substance abuse and his relationship with his girlfriend.

Manziel’s tumultuous tale is a sad one, but he doesn’t believe that this is how it ends for him. This month, he surged back into headlines, this time for antics on Twitter, promising a return…..

No lie.. I was a douche in 2016 I’m just trying to be a good PERSON again#LostInTheSauce

— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) January 19, 2017

It will take intensive rehab and consistent good behavior for a franchise to even fathom picking Johnny Football back up, but it is not impossible.

The real comedy happened when Manziel comforted President Trump about Twitter haters, and how he should block out the noise…..

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…….Shortly after publishing the tweet, Manziel deleted his account. He cited distraction, and his need to commit more to his comeback as reasons for leaving.

Whether or not Money Manziel actually makes it back to the gridiron ever again, we can always count on him to make stunts that will entertain us all.


TOP SECRET: Wakeyleaks

By: Trey Walker

For Wake Forest, it has been a rollercoaster of events in the past couple of weeks. The Deacs have hit highs, when they finished the regular season 6-6 and became bowl eligible for the first time under Dave Clausen. On the flip side, they have been investigating an ongoing internal affair where a former player was caught slipping the playbook to opposing teams.

Who is the contact getting intel on the inside?

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Elrod has been tagged as the culprit.                                            PC: Greensboro News and Record

Tommy Elrod. This guy balled out for Wake in the late 90s, and went on to be a graduate assistant for Jim Grobe. After Grobe was let go, the Deacs brought in Dave Clausen from Bowling Green. Clausen opted not to retain Elrod on his coaching staff, but he still kept close ties with the program and became the IMG radio analyst for Wake football. Little did the Deacs know that Elrod would later turn on his alma mater and leak information that would jeopardize wins for the team.

The first clue of Elrod’s shenanigans occurred after the Deacs week 10 matchup with Louisville on the road. At the half, Wake had inched their way out to a 12-3 lead over the Cardinals. But Lamar Jackson finished the game with a strong second half to push Louisville forward to a 44-12 victory. Jackson’s performance may have not been the only thing that helped them win……

After the defeat, Louisville’s offensive coordinator, Lonnie Galloway, was found guilty of accepting “confidential and proprietary game preparations” from members of the Wake Forest football staff. Galloway and Elrod were graduate assistants under Jim Grobe from 2011-2012. Since then, Louisville has suspended their OC for their upcoming game against LSU in the Citrus Bowl.

Louisville was the first school to crack and admit their wrongdoings, but it seems that this will not be the last school to come out. Since then, Virginia Tech has admitted that they were offered, and accepted information from Elrod regarding special trick plays before the game. Sources say that Elrod may have been distributing pre-game plans as early as 2014. Just think about it……..

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Elrod leaked information as far back as 2014, giving teams a large advantage                            PC:

Other notes:

  • Army has admitted that they were contacted by Wake Forest, but did not accept anything
  • UNC/NCSU have not commented on the issue

So, what’s next?

To be quite honest, I don’t think anyone knows. Espionage on this level hasn’t happened before in college sports(or to our knowledge at least). The ACC has established strong disapproval to the schools who knowingly accepted stolen property. Stressing integrity in the conference, commissioner John Swofford issued both Louisville and Virginia Tech $25,000 fines.


It didn’t take long for the ACC commish to lay down the law. PC:

Swofford’s Press Release:

“I am deeply disturbed something like this would occur, and regardless of the degree of involvement, the protection of the competitive integrity of our games is fundamental to any athletic contest,” Swofford said. “Sportsmanship and ethical values are at the core of competitive integrity and in these instances, those were missing. The expectation, regardless of the sport, is that any athletics department staff members would immediately communicate with their supervisor if they are approached by someone from another institution with proprietary information.”



So far, Wakeyleaks has been all over the place. With new information coming out constantly an end is not in the foreseeable future. Wake Forest has proven this year, after going 6-6 with a leaked playbook, that they truly are the ACC Juggernaut. Dave Clausen should win ACC Coach of the Year, unopposed, as he willed the Deacs to a bowl with most of his opponents knowing his strategy.