We’re all excited — some of us more anxious — about the upcoming football season, so we’ll try to keep some fresh football topics on the blog.
*Not that preseason polls mean anything at all, but tight end George Bryan was selected to the preseason All ACC team. You can see the others selected at TheACC.com.
*Our favorite Pine Tree Enthusiast Heather Dinich profiles offensive coordinator Dana Bible (ESPN.com)
His challenge: Life after Russell Wilson…
*Brett Friedlander talks about a role reversal between State and Carolina (StarNewsOnline.com):
The difference was unmistakable at the ACC’s Football Kickoff media event in Pinehurst on Monday, where the line of questioning to State’s Tom O’Brien was much more positive and relaxed than it was at the table hosted by UNC’s Butch Davis a little later in the day.
To listen to both coaches, the contrast has been even more noticeable on the recruiting trail, where each school’s fortunes have been directly affected by their stunning recent role reversal.
“Just in our confines of the Triangle, being the first team to win five games in the conference, being the first group to get to nine wins for the season and getting into the (final) top 25 helps us a lot going forward,” said O’Brien, who was hired by the Wolfpack at the same time Davis came on board with the Tar Heels.
“There’s a whole different way that recruits are looking at us this year than they were a year ago.”
*Also, more from ABC 11 on the new uniforms (LRM-approved):
“The uniforms have a very clean, traditional look,” said head coach Tom O’Brien. “Our older fans will like them because they are reminiscent of the uniforms of great teams of the past and our current players will like them because they are stylish, comfortable and actually have elements that will benefit them on the field of play.”
Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow decided early in her tenure that she wanted the Wolfpack program to be identified as “STATE” on all uniforms. “It’s a basic, bold statement: State. That’s who we are,” she said.
The new TechFit uniforms are 30 percent lighter than standard pieces and offer increased mobility, agility, comfort and durability.
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