NC State’s unexpected success on the hardwood in the Atlantic Coast Conference and National Invitation Tournaments served to drive a lot of focus away from a couple of developing stories that we didn’t want to ignore.
(1) Russell Wilson returning to the gridiron?
Buried in this little recap in the N&O/Charlotte Observer a couple of weeks ago was what I thought was very interesting news that didn’t get much publicity:
O’Brien sounded optimistic that quarterback Russell Wilson will return to the football team in the fall instead of turning pro in baseball over the summer. Wilson talks weekly to offensive coordinator Dana Bible about plans for next season. “If Russell doesn’t come back, that would be very surprising,” O’Brien said.
Since that (potentially) good news was reported, the Wolfpack football program has dealt with a couple of unfortunate losses at very key positions when defensive tackle, JR Sweezy and projected starting punter Chris Ward were both suspended from the football team.
Both of these positions represent key potential weak spots for the Wolfpack heading into 2010.
(2) Baseball Season
Also flying under the radar a couple of weeks ago was Clemson’s three game sweep of the “Pack Nine”. The Baseball program continues to appear to be stuck in neutral and currently is 15-9 overall and 3-6 in the ACC after a miracle comeback on Saturday got us one win in our three game series with Miami.
Admitting to not following baseball as much as I would like, we opened this thread on the message boards over the weekend to solicit some perspective and discussion on the topic.
One poster said, “3-6 is not a disaster at the point in the season, but we need to turn it around over the next month or the promising start will be for naught” while another observed a long term trend, “Sounds like same old, same old to me. Walks, errors, and horrible bullpen play.”
Every single year we hear about how difficult the ACC is in baseball and that the conference legitimately has six “Top 25 teams”. I just want to know (a) how 50% of the conference could become so good? and, (b) exactly when might we hope to be one of these Top 25 programs (for more than one out of every 5 or 6 years)?