Let’s turn to something good for a moment, shall we?
On the heels of this fantastic “State of Football” entry that may have gotten lost in the recent administrative news coming out of Raleigh we’ve decided to focus a little more on some football!
There is no doubt that The Sporting News and Matt Hayes have been very complimentary of NC State’s Tom O’Brien in recent years. Even back with TOB was initially hired Hayes was singing the praises.
Nobody could previously foreseen the ridiculous two-year string of baffling injuries that have stunted the on-the-field production of Coach O’Brien’s Wolfpack. This year, however the program enters the season a tad deeper in some key areas and with truly reliable options at quarterback (for the first time since Philip Rivers departed).
The momentum of State’s finish in the 2008 season has propelled the program into some attractive media spotlights this summer including this one from Tom Deinhart at TSN and this one from Joe Giglio at the N&O. And, as you can see here, Matt Hayes has listed NC State as one of his choices as a program on the rise.
* For more on this topic from Hayes and TSN, you can click here. But due to another name mentioned here we are not going to quote anything from the article other than to note that future NC State opponent Tennessee is listed as one of the programs on the decline.
* Check out the Washington Huskies as Dave Curtis’ top choice for a Bandwagon to attach yourself. Don’t talk to me about the impact that good leadership and good decisioning can have on a program. Just last couple of years the Huskies had one of the worst programs in the country under the decisioning of their former Athletics Director, Todd Turner. Of course, Washington wouldn’t put up with Turner and ultimately fired him, compelling us to pen this entry of which we are proud.
* Is it any coincidence that the same Todd Turner was NC State’s Athletics Director in the 1990s when our overall athletics program began accelerated our descent to the bottom of the ACC? Does it scare the hell out of you that Turner ran the most successful Athletics Department at NC State Willis Casey & Jim Valvano? For more on Turner you can search our site and use our Tags.
* For even more thorough look at some items related to this entry you will enjoy this entry.