Wake Forest football is an odd target for barbs, given the Demon Deacons are seven years removed from their last bowl appearance, finished 2014 3-9 and had the nation’s worst scoring offense save only SMU. And yet, here is poor Wake in the headlines because of it’s been mocked by Stephen Colbert and Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson.
First, Stephen Colbert’s quip from his commencement speech at Wake Forest last month:
“Wake has been a trailblazer, this is a school that respects tradition. Traditions like rolling the Quad with toilet paper after big wins. And this is actually an eco-friendly tradition because, looking at this season’s win-loss record, you guys saved a lot of paper.”
Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson told The David Glenn Show he won’t tune in to watch Stephen Colbert as new host of The Late Show “for at least a year,” which presumably gives Clawson more time to study up on the Deacs’ 2015 opponents. Stephen Colbert’s alma mater Northwestern isn’t on Wake’s docket.
But another Big Ten team is: Indiana. And the Hoosiers’ Week 4 visit to Winston-Salem is suddenly one of the more intriguing Power Five nonconference games of the 2015 campaign after Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson slammed Wake Forest.
Kevin Wilson: "I'm a southern baptist, but I don't like the (Wake Forest) Deacons. We're going to kick their ass."
— Alex Bozich (@insidethehall) June 3, 2015
Jeez, is everyone annoyed with Wake Forest because of this?
In defense of the Deacs’ offense, which hit rock-bottom of a 14.8-point-per-game season with that scoreless gem against Virginia Tech, it should be improved in 2015. Clawson started a true freshman, John Wolford, last season, and Wolford took his lumps. He should be much improved from the experience, and playing behind an offensive line that returns four-of-five starters certainly won’t hurt. Against an Indiana defense that allowed nearly 33 points per game, the Deacs should show more firepower than they ever could muster in 2014.
Given the sudden animosity between the two teams, Indiana and Wake Forest should play for a trophy. It wouldn’t be any more contrived than the trophy introduced for that heated Texas A&M-South Carolina “rivalry.” And, to sweeten the pot, why not have it awarded to the winning team by Stephen Colbert on The Late Show.
The appearance of Dave Clawson or Kevin Wilson on the program couldn’t be any more awkward than Crispin Glover’s with Letterman, right?