Make no mistake about it, NC State’s massive egg-laying on the hardwood at UNC-CHeats last Saturday was a severe kick to the guts for all Wolfpack fans.
With that acknowledgement out of the way, I wanted to take a moment to hopefully make you feel a little better by developing a broader point about the recent success of NC State’s Athletics program on the whole. SFN makes no secret of how impressed we are with the course Debbie Yow has set for the Wolfpack ship and how much we appreciate the decisiveness of her actions on most issues. It was with that thought in mind that I recognized quite an impressive trend of news around our Athletics Department in the couple of days leading up to Saturday’s game that I thought worth noting.
Coming in the same week that the surprising Wolfpack Women’s basketball team (now ranked #14 in the country) led by new coach, Wes Moore, defeated another Top 25 opponent (click here for more), the NC State Athletics Department also experienced the following:
* #35th ranked Wolfpack men’s tennis team (4-1) beat Indiana to capture their second consecutive win over an Big Ten program.
* NC State women’s swimming & diving team earned their highest ranking of the season at #21 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
* A win by the 12-4 Wolfpack wrestling over arch-rival UNC-CHeats on Friday.
* NC State’s women’s softball team – coming off an ACC Championship – has been picked to finish second in league play this year.
Since the weekend, we obviously have can only feel better about our future on the gridiron with our new football recruiting class…and, let us not forget what season is about to launch
— NC State Baseball (@NCStateBaseball) January 27, 2014
I only share this because sometimes we can get pretty caught up in the minutia of the ‘here and now’. OBVIOUSLY, the average fan cares most about men’s basketball and football and we long to see the Wolfpack competing at the highest level in these two premier sports. I guess my point is that I feel much better about our plan and progress to succeed at those sports when presented with the facts of how we have so quickly been put on the right course in so many other sports that were previously abysmal.