August 25, 2011
NC STATE FOOTBALL
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: 9 DAYS
JP Giglio (N&O)
Wolfpack receptive to possibilities
Regardless of which players emerge as Glennon’s favorites, the group will have a different look than last year’s. Spencer, Davis and Williams were all 6-foot-3 or taller. Only Flowers is listed at that height among this year’s group.
Wilson was adept at using the receivers’ height to his advantage. He excelled at the long ball and allowed his bigger receivers to make plays downfield.
At 6-6, Glennon is almost eight inches taller than Wilson and can work more of the middle of the field, which Bible said will play to the strength of this smaller receiving group.
“There are some strengths that we have now that we didn’t have in the past couple of years,” Bible said. “We are exceptionally fast. This group can really accelerate, and we’re going to take advantage of that.”
Matt Carter (TheWolfpacker.com)
Slay confident that DL will pick up pieces
Slay has worked hard the past two years to shed the baby fat on his frame and replace it with muscle. He’s also gotten over the aftershock of battling college linemen.
“It’s a big adjustment from a line position from high school to college no matter what position you play,” Slay said. “Going up against 300-pounders, grown men is a different feeling.”
Slay played as a true freshman in 2009, getting action in 10 games and recording six tackles and an impressive eight quarterback hurries in just 115 plays. What he remembers most from that year however were the massive injury tolls on the team.
“My freshman year we were just injuries, injury after injury,” Slay noted. “Now a lot of the guys, the guys who had to play then are now older veterans. We’ve been in the system, we buy into the system, and just having being a team together we just go out there and play together.”
The first season of the Mark Gottfried era will feature 19 home games, including three to be played at historic Reynolds Coliseum, as the 2011-12 NC State men’s basketball schedule was released Wednesday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“Our scheduling philosophy will also be to play opponents who we know will have strong RPIs and be high-level competition,” said Gottfried. “Obviously, some pieces of the schedule were in place when we got here, but we feel good about the upgrades we were able to make. We are playing teams like Princeton and Morehead State which both had 25 wins and went to the tournament last year, along with more traditional powers like Syracuse, Texas, Vanderbilt and Indiana. We also go on the road for tough games with Stanford in the Pac-10 and St. Bonaventure in the A-10 so I think it will be tremendously challenging.”
Ken Tysiac (N&O)
ACC hoops will get record visibility
Gottfried will get rolling
First-year coach Mark Gottfried has made frequent mention of his desire to improve N.C. State’s schedule.
The Wolfpack hosts Indiana on Nov. 30 and Syracuse on Dec. 17; visits Stanford on Dec. 4. and will meet Vanderbilt and most likely another high-quality opponent in the Legends Classic in East Rutherford, N.J., in November.
On paper, that’s not much of an improvement over last season’s schedule, which included Wisconsin, Syracuse, Arizona, Georgetown and George Mason.
N.C. State’s schedule also includes Elon, Delaware State, UNC Asheville, Western Carolina, Morehead State and N.C. Central.
Gottfried will enter the Wolfpack’s rivalry against North Carolina on Jan. 26 in Chapel Hill and on Feb. 21 in Raleigh. N.C. State’s lone meeting with Duke this season is Feb. 16 in Durham.
Brett Friedlander (WilmingtonStar)
Thoughts and observations on the 2011-12 ACC hoop schedule
#N.C.State’s nonconference schedule has been beefed up by Gottfried. Although there are still games against N.C. Central, Campbell and Western Carolina, the Wolfpack will go on the road to play at Stanford, take on Indiana and Syracuse at home, and face Vanderbilt and either Texas or Oregon State in the Legends Classic in Newark, N.J.
The Wolfpack will play three regular-season “throwback” games on campus at Reynolds Coliseum – against Elon on Nov. 25, N.C. Central on Dec. 11, and Campbell on Dec. 29.
State will also open its ACC schedule with two straight home games, against Maryland on Jan. 8 and Georgia Tech on Jan. 11. It’s the first time that’s happened since 1994-95.
Dan Wiederer (FayettevilleObserver)
ACC basketball schedules released
Nov. 11: vs. UNC-Asheville: The Mark Gottfried Era officially begins in Raleigh. It will be interesting to see just how fast Gottfried can jell with his new players. Opening night at the RBC Center should give us a better feel for State’s potential.
Dec. 17: vs. Syracuse
This mid-December visit from Jim Boeheim and the Orange will be a great measuring stick. Syracuse is led by seniors Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine and will likely start the year ranked in the top 10.
Jan. 26: at North Carolina
Sidney Lowe was 1-10 against UNC in his five seasons as Wolfpack head coach. Herb Sendek went 5-17 against the Tar Heels in 10 seasons. Overall, N.C. State hasn’t left Chapel Hill with a victory since 2003. Now, it’s Gottfried’s turn to try to buck the trends.
Rush the Court
Morning Five: 08.24.11 Edition
It seems like the athletic department at Miami just can’t seem to catch a break. First there was Reggie Johnson‘s knee injury that will sideline him until at least the start of ACC play. Then there was the small matter of the ongoing Nevin Shapiro debacle. Now there is news that senior Julian Gamble may be lost for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee. Gamble’s junior year numbers (3.8 PPG and 4.0 RPG) might not make this seem like a big loss, but in the context of losing Johnson’s huge inside presence, the injury to Gamble will make life even more difficult for new coach Jim Larranaga. The way things are going, Frank Martin must be feeling pretty good about being passed over for the Miami job.
OTHER NC STATE NEWS
Akula Wolf (BackingthePack.com)
NCSU Athletic Budget Up 24% Over The Last Three Years
Included in the article is a breakdown by conference. The money in the SEC, outside of the Mississippi schools, is insane–the median budget is north of $90 million. In the ACC, the median is about $60 million, and NC State’s budget for the fiscal year 2012 is about $56 million. That figure puts State near the bottom of the league, but it is at least comparable to most of the schools that provided data. And it represents an increase of $11 million from the 2010 budget.
Akula Wolf (BackingthePack.com)
Everybody At NC State During The 1980s Had An Awesome Time
Bill Cole (Winston-Salem Journal)
North Carolina won’t say whether Davis will attend meeting
“I don’t know the answer to that question,” Baddour said when asked if Davis would be with the North Carolina delegation in Indianapolis.
Baddour didn’t say if Davis has been asked to attend the meeting by university officials or if university officials are presently talking to Davis about attending.
“That would get me into detail, so I don’t have an answer,” Baddour said.
“We’re looking for somebody who can continue the extraordinary success that Carolina has had,” Thorp said, “who can help us make sure we have the financial resources that the kids need, that the student-athletes are taken care of, that compliance is run tightly, and restore the confidence that some of our football fans have lost in the football program.”
To that end, the Miami Herald is reporting that all 12 players are expected to be named ineligible by the university soon — but with a better resolution in mind:
If it hasn’t already, the University of Miami is expected to declare the 12 or more football players being investigated by the NCAA ineligible within the next week if the school wants the NCAA to rule on their reinstatement in time for the season opener Sept. 5 at Maryland.
UM had not declared the players ineligible as of early Wednesday afternoon, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.
The NCAA said it punished Pearl for lying to investigators about improperly hosting recruits at his home and urging others to do the same. Former Pearl assistants Tony Jones, Jason Shay and Steve Forbes face the same sanctions, except they were only given one-year show-cause penalties for their roles in misleading the NCAA.
Basically, Pearl can coach but he can’t recruit. That’s a fairly massive and important restriction on a head coach, but it’s not necessarily a prohibitive one. Again, as DeCourcy argues (and we’re generally in agreement), in a situation where Pearl could be handed a young, perhaps unruly, but talented team, letting his assistants handle recruiting for those three years may not be a huge problem. Given these restrictions, no current major basketball power is likely to roll the dice with him, but it’s entirely reasonable to think that several down-on-their-luck programs with bigger long-term aspirations might give him a hard look. Here are a few ideas that rolled off the top of our head, and keep in mind, none of these schools would likely have an opening until next summer at the earliest, and perhaps not even then.
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