The last time that NC State and South Carolina played each other in football, the Wolfpack won.
The last time that NC State and South Carolina played each other in basketball, the Wolfpack won.
The last time that NC State and South Carolina played each other in baseball, the Wolfpack won.
Tonight the Wolfpack tries to extend its dominance over former conference brethren to the South.
There are two popular theories for why charter member South Carolina left the ACC after the 1970-71 school year.
One is that then-Gamecocks athletic director and football coach Paul Dietzel believed the conference’s difficult academic entrance requirements negated any chance for his program to achieve success on a national level.
A second is that then-Gamecocks basketball coach Frank McGuire had worn out his welcome and convinced the school’s administration to leave the league high and dry after having whipped North Carolina in a memorable 1971 conference tournament championship game in Greensboro.
At the time it happened, I thought (still do) that football issues drove the decision
The front page of Pack Pride has 4 or 5 articles focused on tonight’s game as well as a web run that can take you to any article out there, including this insightful piece about NC State’s history of success in big non-conference season openers.
N.C. State has a history of upsets in season openers over the years. Iowa, Texas and Syracuse were some of the victims. But they didn’t always translate into big seasons.
In light of our conversation earlier in the week it’s worth noting that today’s N&O / Charlotte Observer has provided very good coverage of tonight’s game through Ken Tysiac and Caulton Tudor (and the ACCNow Blog that even has some video.)
ESPN is also excited about the start of the college football season – even ACC football!
NC State get a break that doesn’t involve a body part. These guys are due for one. It’s not the third-string left tackle that gets hurt for these guys, either, it’s their leading rushers and receivers. I want to see what the Pack can do at 100 percent.
Don’t miss the videos.