The Washington Times - October 16, 2008, 08:44AM

Bring on the Wake Forest stories!

The eminently intriguing team generated stories from the three largest papers covering Maryland this morning. It’s probably impolite to point this out, but that’s about how often on a typical Monday-through-Friday that the Terps do the same.

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Anyway, my dead-tree edition story centers around Wake kicker Sam Swank’s availability for Saturday’s game against Maryland. The difference between a kicker who is 9-for-12 lifetime from beyond 50 yards (and 21-for-28 from 40 yards) and one who has never even attempted a 40-yarder is vast. So it’s understandable why the kicker issue stood out to some Terps.

Steve Yanda of the Washington Post made it down to Winston-Salem last week to work on this story about Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner.

The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Barker looks at Wake Forest’s rise in the last three years.

In an actual Maryland story, the Diamondback’s Jeff Newman wrote about the western Pennsylvania town that has produced multiple long snappers for Maryland: Dewey Schmitt and Tim Downs.

Here’s a fun item to look at heading into today’s basketball media day festivities: Baltimore Sun columnist David Steele says for the second straight year Maryland can and should be able to thrive in basketball while graduating players.

Down in KrispyKremeville, the Winston-Salem Journal’s Dan Collins profiles cornerback Brandon Ghee.

Journal columnist Lenox Rawlings opines there are two jobs that could pry Jim Grobe away from Wake Forest: Virginia and Penn State. At the moment, neither is open.

Patrick Stevens