What was it about NC State’s game with Clemson last week that was so eye-opening to Wolfpackers?
First, Brett Jensen went from being a below-average hack to a superstar in this awesome piece about NC State’s Athletics Administration. (SFN feels like that piece got lost in the shuffle over the weekend so we encourage you to check it out.)
Now, NC State’s Technician is writing about their experience out there in the real world in Death Valley. This fantastic piece titled “Clemson has it right” focuses on the family atmosphere and environment fostered by Clemson’s administration. If only Clemson could have Jim Oblinger and Tom Stafford show them the way to proper risk management!!
You see, at NC State risk management = risk avoidance. It is the ONLY way to insure that the University becomes a commuter school with no Wolfstocks, no lawn parties, no band parties, no post-big-win-celebrations, limited tailgating, no greek system of which to speak, no Hillsborough Street to enjoy and absolutely no social fabric to connect current students or to bridge the current student body to the alums of old. The University has done a fantabulous job of achieving these risk-free goals!! Bravo, Mr. Stafford!!
Tailgating restrictions are a good thing. Rushing the field is deadly. And football games at N.C. State are true family events.
I hear it all the time from this University’s administration and security forces.
And as I found out this weekend at Clemson, those three statements are lies.
I’m sick of being lied to, and I want to know why it’s happening.
Tailgating at Clemson is truly a family event. Memorial Stadium fits 81,000 fans and it appears the vast majority of those fans are tailgating hours before kickoff. There is alcohol, and therefore, there is drunkenness. But more importantly, there are smiles. There are good times and memories. Fans are happy.
No, I’m not going to transfer to Clemson. I don’t like Clemson more than State. In fact, I love my University. I’m just sick of its leaders lying to me while they kill or squash my traditions. Students and alumni, there is only one home game left this season, but we cannot — we absolutely cannot — let these issues die.
You should definitely click here for more background on this and some very relevant discussion.