Prior to the start of his sophomore season, the popular Ilian Evtimov encountered a horrible knee injury that sidelined him for the entire season. At the time of Evtimov’s injury, the world famous NCSEC (NC State Excuse Club) immediately went into high gear and before you knew it was proclaimed (I think by Coach Sendek?) that “Ilian Evtimov is the Philip Rivers of the basketball program.”
Rivers ended up All-ACC, All-American, one of the top passers in NCAA history and perhaps the greatest quarterback in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference. I guess now that such milestones cannot be projected for Evtimov, the poor guy has been demoted from being Philip Rivers to just being “NC State’s Glue”.
As anyone who has read this blog in the past knows, Ilian Evtimov is Jeff’s hero and we don’t appreciate the demotion that Ilian has been given!
We don’t have a clue if Evtimov is going to be ready for the big match-up against Carolina on Wednesday night. We would rather he be well for the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. But, we do notice that the NCSEC is in full force all over the internet right now. (Do these people put an asteric beside State’s win over Carolina in the mid-90s when starter Dante Calabria was injured?) It is ridiculous how much whining and excuse making is going on out there.
To quote one of our author’s responses on one of the excuse-laden threads on Pack Pride (Hey, JB – you swore to me last week that you were never posting on Pack Pride again!):
Q: How do we beat UNC without Evtimov?
A: The same way that they beat us without Rashad McCants last year.
If our “BEST TEAM IN DECADES” cannot beat 4 freshman and 2 players that entered their program as walk-ons on our HOME FLOOR (in light of our past performance against them)….then we NEVER will.
Why do we bother having “interchangeable parts” if the parts aren’t interchangeable enough to absorb the loss of a single player that has never made 1st, 2nd, or 3rd team All-ACC?
We are in the TENTH year of this program and their season is an anomoly that of which we must take advantage. We were told by our Athletics Director that this was going to be our year against them, I fully expect it to be.