NC State Beat: A Good Week for the Pack

This past week has been a busy week for NC State athletics. So much is happening, with the football team still fighting, and the 6th ranked Wolfpack basketball team starting up, it really is a great time to be a State fan.

I know, I know, I’ve had so many negative things to say lately that it would seem that I had given up on my Pack. But, truth be told, that’s just how us State fans operate. We moan and groan constantly. We just don’t like to lose, despite being used to it.

Nevertheless, there are good things happening in Raleigh. In fact, there are so many good things, I’m going to try something new with this week’s beat and just hit all the bullet points you need to know about the Wolfpack this week.

Pack Football Heading to Atlanta, Again?

In his latest bowl projections, CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm, had NC State facing off against South Carolina in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl down in Atlanta. Of course, this projection only happens if everything falls perfectly into place for the Pack, which as we State fans know never happens.

Coming off a fairly impressive win against Wake Forest, and knowing Tom O’Brien’s tendency to win when he’s supposed to lose and lose what he’s supposed to win, an upset in Death Valley Saturday is possible. Highly unlikely, but possible. If NC State fans are hoping for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, it would actually be beneficial for State to lose to Clemson and beat Boston College, so that Clemson can get an at-large BCS berth.

Of course, I’ll be in Death Valley on Saturday, wearing red in a sea of orange, pulling as hard as I can for an upset. Bowl games can wait.

State Might Just Have a Basketball Team:

Sure, prognosticators have gushed over the Pack all off-season. When Calvin Leslie decided to return for his junior year, you would have thought Santa Claus had come in April. Raleigh was on the verge of celebration riots. However, the team everyone was so excited about hadn’t played a game yet.

Now, they have played two. And they aren’t bad.

State has seemingly cruised through their first two games. First, demolishing a Miami (OH) team with 8 juniors and seniors by 38, and then beating a tough and gritty Penn State team by 17. The Miami (OH) game truly put a smile on my face. Seeing State step on the floor, and take care of business in dominating fashion was something I haven’t seen a lot of. And the Penn State game was somewhat the same. It was a tougher win, and State’s players didn’t exactly play their best, but they still won comfortably. In years past, the Pack does not win against Penn State, or they have to hit a shot at the buzzer to win. (See Harvard last season)

NC State actually does have the talent all the “analysts” said they would. However, they’ve only played two games. Of course State fans like what they see, but the Pack still have a long way to go. They have the talent and seem to have the desire to be great. Now, they’ll just have to actually do it.

NC State Looking for a New Head Football Coach?

Ah, the internet. You have to love the internet and all of it’s infinite wisdom.

On Thursday,, a Rivals site, published a story saying that Vanderbilt head football coach, James Franklin, had been contacted by NC State and turned down the opportunity to discuss the NC State coaching position.

First off, to believe this you have to believe that there has already been a decision made on the future of TOB. Second, to believe this you have to believe that Debbie Yow has zero integrity. And finally, to believe this you have to, well, be messed up in the head.

The only way, and I mean the only way this is even remotely a possibility is if Tom O’Brien, who is 63, has made it known within the athletic department that he will be stepping down at season’s end. While I have thought this was possible when he talked this specific NC State team up for two years, and pointed to this being “the year” for the Pack, I just don’t see TOB walking away now.

More Good Basketball News!

Well, hopefully.

On Friday, BeeJay Anya, the 32nd best high school basketball player in the country according to ESPN, will chose where he will play college basketball.

A couple of weeks ago, he was down to NC State and Indiana. Well, that was until Indiana stopped recruiting him. Now it seems that it will indeed be NC State that he chooses. Of course, this isn’t set in stone until he decides. But let’s hope for the best.

Let’s Do This All Again Next Week:

It’s been a pretty good week for NC State. Dominating wins in football and basketball, hopefully some more basketball commitments, and making fun of web sites for publishing stories off hearsay. It truly is a great time to be a NC State fan.

Here’s to next week being just as good, if not better, than this week!


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NC State blogger Spencer HardisonSpencer Hardison has been writing about NC State athletics for over a year for various web sites, and has been talking about and passionately pulling for the Pack since the day he was born. He lives by the idea that numbers never lie, and firmly believes that defense wins championships. Spencer is one of the more opinionated and passionate people you will ever meet. Basically, he’ll argue with a wall, if said wall doesn’t agree with him. All in all, Spencer loves to be opinionated, make bold statements, and prove to everyone that he is right and they are wrong. Oh, and Taylor Swift has written three songs about him. You can find Spencer on Twitter at @SpencerHardison.

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