Danny Manning’s record in his first season at Wake Forest -- 13-16, 5-11 in the ACC -- isn’t that different from his predecessor, but the way the Deacons have played offers reason for optimism going forward.
Wake Forest didn’t get a lot of scoring from its starting five Wednesday against Mount St. Mary’s. That didn’t matter to Deacons coach Danny Manning, not with the way his reserves were playing in an 83-49 victory over the Mountaineers.
New Wake Forest Deacons coach Danny Manning takes the position that positions are overrated. “We want guys to be basketball players,” Manning said. “Positions don’t mean much to me in terms of putting guys out there on the court.”
For Wake Forest, the warm-up and opening minutes of Thursday's nationally televised game against 19th-ranked Clemson at BB&T Field promise to be a blast. "To think that there's not a little hop in their step because of the audience (would be wrong)," coach Dave Clawson of the Deacons said.
John Wolford shook off three interceptions to throw for 291 yards and two touchdowns, and Wake Forest used a stifling defense to beat Gardner-Webb 23-7 on Saturday night and give new coach Dave Clawson his first victory.