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[Coach's Name] Field at [Trustee] Stadium

True or false: Idaho’s Kibbie Dome is named after Lloyd Kibbie, a former head coach at the university who reeled off eight straight winning seasons before stepping aside in favor of his loyal assistant, Ted Bank, in 1935. Well, one part of that question is true – Bank was named Idaho’s head coach in 1935.

No, the Kibbie Dome is not named after a former head coach, but rather a construction executive named William H. Kibbie, one of the project’s main contributors. This is how it goes for the wide majority of F.B.S. stadiums: The names on the outside typically honor trustees, school presidents, benefactors, veterans or, simply, the school itself.

One more true or false: Of the 124 stadiums in the F.B.S., 26 honor a former coach in some fashion – either with his name gracing the stadium or with a field named in his memory. That’s true. Here they are:

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    No. 78: Wake Forest

    How was last year different from all other years? In 2001, Jim Grobe’s first season at Wake Forest — yes, he’s been in Winston-Salem more than a decade — the Demon Deacons were 3-4 heading into November before winning three of their last four. A year later, Wake Forest was 4-4 before taking three of five, capped by a 38-17 bowl win over Oregon. In 2007, the Deacons stumbled out of the gate with two straight losses before righting the ship, eventually winning nine games. The only year last season might resemble, when it comes to Grobe’s bowl teams at Wake Forest, might be 2008: first 3-0, then 4-3, the Deacons ending up winning at least eight games for the third consecutive season. The program got back into bowl play last fall after a two-year absence — going a combined 8-16 from 2009-10 — but did so in an entirely new fashion: good early, terrible late.

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      The Year in Review: Wake Forest (6-7, 5-3)

      How was last year different from all other years? In 2001, Jim Grobe’s first season at Wake Forest — yes, he’s been in Winston-Salem more than a decade — the Demon Deacons were 3-4 heading into November before winning three of their last four. A year later, Wake Forest was 4-4 before taking three of five, capped by a 38-17 bowl win over Oregon. In 2007, the Deacons stumbled out of the gate with two straight losses before righting the ship, eventually winning nine games. The only year last season might resemble, when it comes to Grobe’s bowl teams at Wake Forest, might be 2008: first 3-0, then 4-3, the Deacons ending up winning at least eight games for the third consecutive season.

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        No. 96: Wake Forest

        The good news is that I rarely know what I’m talking about, and I really seem to not know what I’m talking about what it comes to Wake Forest. I’m usually a year off: I predicted the Demon Deacons to scuffle in 2008, when they surprised most — again — with an 8-5 finish; I thought the team would do well in 2009, when they disappointed in finishing below .500 despite having several talented players; and I thought Wake would do well last fall despite its youth, when it slid all the way down to 3-9, the program’s worst finish yet under Jim Grobe. Wrong so many times. I just want to make sure that’s clear before I attempt to predict Wake Forest’s 2011 season: I’ll probably be well off once again.

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          Spring Storylines: Wake Forest

          Wake Forest has been bad before. Wake Forest will be bad again. As for the latter, one can only hope that last season marked the worst we’ll ever see from a Jim Grobe-led team, particularly one in Winston-Salem. To say that the Demon Deacons need to have a productive spring only tells the start of the story: the Deacons need to carry a strong spring into a positive summer and take that same momentum into the fall — this is the type of non-stop, get-up-and-go production that will allow Jim Grobe and the Demon Deacons, once again, to sneak up on the rest of the A.C.C.

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            No. 71: Wake Forest

            You ready for a miracle? Wake has surprised us before, but 2010 might not go heavenly.

            Wake Forest’s string of winning seasons ends at three, though five losses by a field goal or less dictated Wake’s sub-.500 record. In fact, in only game – a 38-3 loss to Clemson – were the Demon Deacons truly outclassed; Wake drew within 10 points of Florida State in the second half of a 41-28 loss in November, the only other defeat to come by more than that field goal margin. As that F.S.U. setback illustrates, Wake was not terrible on offense. In fact, last year’s team scored more points than both the A.C.C. championship-winning team of 2006 and the eight-win team of 2008. However, the Deacons slipped to 65th nationally in scoring defense.

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              The Countdown

              A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.