Getting What We Deserve

Nov. 9, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State fans continue to show their excitement for the 2012-13 season by selling out the Wolfpack’s season opener against Miami of Ohio tonight at PNC Arena.

It marks the first sell-out of a Pack season opener since 1999, when NC State played its first game in the arena against SEC opponent Georgia, posting a 67-63 win on Nov. 19, 1999.Fans wanting to see Mark Gottfried’s sixth-ranked Pack in action should act now to purchase tickets for the remainder of the non-conference schedule by logging onto gopack.com/tickets. If seats remain for select ACC contests, ACC Mini-Packs will be available on Nov. 16.

Can you believe it?

NC State fans have supported our basketball program at a top 25 level despite only two top 25 finishes(one last year) since moving to the RBC Center/PNC Arena. Apparently, NC State fans have stepped up their support even more by selling out tonight’s home opener. Over the years, NC State fans have been largely criticized by members of the media for expecting too much. In fact, the criticism was almost unprecedented by the national media as I cannot remember a bigger obsession with a coach leaving a school than when Herb Sendek “fired the fans” when he chose to take the Arizona St job. Surprisingly, they don’t bring that up anymore. When the program struggled over the last two decades, one of the favorite lines by our rivals and the media was that NC State fans were getting what they deserved.

So are we still getting what we deserve tonight when our #6 ranked team opens the season with NC State’s first real shot at national relevance since the days of Jim Valvano? I would argue that this is exactly what one of the most loyal, supportive fanbases in the entire country deserves.

Listen, I am not delusional. I don’t expect an ACC title, a Final Four or even a top 10 final ranking. There are going to be struggles and the season likely won’t turnout to match our pre-season expectations.

And I am fine with that.

NC State fans don’t deserve wins, titles, and national recognition any more than other fans around the country. But what we deserved all along was a reason to be excited about our program’s past, present and future. We deserved a competent, hard working coaching staff that developed players indivisually while putting cohesive, mentally tough teams on the floor that play hard each night. We deserved a chancellor and an athletic director that stood tall among UNC system and ACC conference leadership. And of course, we deserved a head basketball coach that didn’t fear any of our rivals on the basketball court or on the recruiting trail.

While there were have been some succesful seasons at times, NC State fans have always seen our potential to perform better and the obstacle holding us back more clearly than outsiders. Our lack of success had nothing to do with our proximity to UNC and Duke(which the recruiting results show isn’t an obstacle at all and actually may be an advantage versus other ACC schools) or the expectations of our fans. People use talking point comments like those when they don’t have anything intelligent to offer.

What our critics couldn’t see was the huge void in quality leadership over the last two decades. Since the arrival of Interim Chancellor Woodward(who began the changes), Chancellor Woodson, Debbie Yow and Mark Gottfried, the basketball program is finally getting the type of leadership it needs to reach its potential. They have collectively made the right hires, implemented a plan, and executed that plan almost perfectly. Last year’s results offer proof on the court along with commitments by some of the top players in the country since Gottfried has arrived(something like 8 top 100 players). So not only do we have this year to be excited about being ranked in the top 10 pre-season for the first time since the 1970s, but the future looks extremely bright as well.

So I tell all NC State fans to enjoy tonight.

Finally, we are getting exactly what we deserve.

12-13 Basketball Athletics Directors Big Four Rivals General Kay Yow

20 Responses to Getting What We Deserve

  1. jayro65 11/09/2012 at 12:36 PM #

    This gave me goosebumps! Feels so good to be apart of the wolfpack!

  2. Trout 11/09/2012 at 12:46 PM #

    Great article, Daily Update. I hope I get a chance to meet you one day!

  3. foz 11/09/2012 at 12:56 PM #

    When passing out praise for those responsible for the positive changes, don’t leave out Interim Chancellor Jim Woodward. After all, he’s the one that informed ole Jed that he wouldn’t be around much longer.

  4. tractor57 11/09/2012 at 12:56 PM #

    Go Pack!

  5. Daily Update 11/09/2012 at 12:58 PM #

    Fox: Added. :)

  6. LRM 11/09/2012 at 1:05 PM #

    DU, well said.

  7. old13 11/09/2012 at 1:26 PM #

    Exactly, DU! I’m so glad to see the sellout for tonight because:

    * It’s an “in-your-face” to the national media (uninformed as DU rightly points out) naysayers of the potential for Wolfpack BB.

    * It’s so great to see our fan base so excited about Wolfpack BB again.

    * It’s so great for the team to be able to play in our house with it full and rowdy, and our fans clearly and strongly behind them from the start.

    GO PACK! See ya on ESPN3 from four-days drive away!

  8. NCSU84 11/09/2012 at 1:42 PM #

    Very well written article. SFN should circulate this to the media. Not that they would publish it because it makes them look silly. But give it a shot, you never know.

  9. 87stategrad 11/09/2012 at 2:27 PM #

    I plan to be in my seat early, and enjoy every minute of it.

  10. SqlWolf 11/09/2012 at 2:54 PM #

    I am following a self-imposed ban on commenting on BBall game attendance as I have made comments in the past and been slapped down by various members of the SFN.

  11. wufpup76 11/09/2012 at 3:55 PM #

    Couldn’t agree more.

    Here. We. Go.

  12. WolftownVA81 11/09/2012 at 4:49 PM #

    Was able to see half the Belmont Abby game (due to having a 5 hour drive home afterwards) but sure enjoyed that 20 minutes of BB more than any since 1983. Wish we could be there tonight. Good luck Pack, I know you will make us proud.

  13. PoppaJohn 11/09/2012 at 6:09 PM #

    Well done DU. One of the great SFN articles ever. You said exactly the same thing I would have said, except more eloquently and with better speling.

  14. Packaddict 11/09/2012 at 9:55 PM #

    Watching Kentucky and Maryland. For those who do not know- not only is Harrow on that team, Julius Mays is getting playing time for the Wildcats.

  15. saigonwolf 11/09/2012 at 9:59 PM #

    Maryland’s gonna be a tough out in ACC play. Giving UK all they want, and might just pull it out.

  16. Packaddict 11/09/2012 at 10:05 PM #

    Pack looked awesome tonight. They play unselfish and seem to enjoy playing as a team. I know it was only Miami but the Pack a lot of fire power.

  17. ShavlikLeague 11/10/2012 at 12:34 AM #

    Well said, D Up! Looking forward to an amazing season! C’mon, let’s go, Pack! WwwoooooooHhhooooooooo!!!!!!

  18. MISTA WOLF 11/10/2012 at 6:00 AM #

    Mays and Harrow combined for 7 points, 3 assist, 2 steals and 2 F’n headaches. I swear Ryan Harrow sounds like Tyrone Biggums from The Chappelle Show. CRACK BALLS! With that being said I would love the opportunity to play them in the Dance!

  19. MISTA WOLF 11/10/2012 at 6:00 AM #

    Mays and Harrow combined for 7 points, 3 assist, 2 steals and 2 F’n headaches. I swear Ryan Harrow sounds like Tyrone Biggums from The Chappelle Show. CRACK BALLS! With that being said I would love the opportunity to play those feckurs in the Dance!

  20. Wolfpack93 11/10/2012 at 7:25 AM #

    Don’t forget about the assistant coaches. Those of us who tweet should be thanking each and every coach on the sidelines after games since any of them could be a head coach elsewhere. Orlando Early, Bobby Lutz and Rob Moxley — thank you for running with the Pack another season!

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