One-time ACC coach of the year Jim Grobe (snicker) appeared on 850 The Buzz earlier this week and was asked, point blank, why he won’t play App State. In short – he’s a wuss. And so is the rest of the state.
It’s too big a game for us, you know, to be honest with you, David. I’m being as honest as I possibly can. I know one time Coach Moore asked me, you know, he had kinda heard that maybe we thought the game had some bad blood to it, you know, that is was maybe some sinister reason for not wanting to play and I said ‘Coach, honesty, I don’t want to get my butt beat by you, you know. And that’s the honest truth.’
There are a lot of programs out there at the championship level that can beat bowl level teams and Wake Forest, you know, we’re playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference (and) there’s no way in the world that I want to play a tough non-league schedule. …
From our stand point here at Wake Forest we’re looking for teams that are really, truly at the bowl subdivision level and teams that are going to be pretty much even with us. Teams that if we play we got a chance to beat.
I think any time you play a team like Appalachian State you’re gonna have an opportunity to be the Michigan that year. … There’s not a team in North Carolina in the bowl subdivision (like ECU, UNC, etc. that wants) to play Appalachian State because you know that there’s a real good chance that they’re going to kick your rear end.
Wow. And to think he was thisclose to being an SEC coach. At least now we know why Virginia Tech is such a powerhouse. To be the best, you have to play the best. To be Wake Forest, just run and hide under the bed. Whimpering optional.