Stumbled upon this great puff piece while doing research for baseball articles. Haven’t seen it linked elsewhere and wanted to get it up for anyone that hasn’t seen it yet. Just a little something to get you excited about next school year’s potential, and keep you excited thru the long college sports black hole of summer we are about to endure.
Andrew Jones of FoxSportsCarolinas.com thinks that N.C. State’s athletic future looks bright…
Times are pretty good these days if you’re an N.C. State fan. And they could be on the verge of getting a lot better.
Known for their long-suffering loyalty to the red and white, Wolfpack fans have endured some positively awful basketball and frightful football over the last couple of decades. The non-revenue sports haven’t excelled, either.
Senior quarterback Mike Glennon is a certain NFL prospect. The Pack has the ACC’s best secondary, a darn good offensive line, and has the inner cycles that make programs efficient is working in proper order.
The season-opener versus Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Classic in Atlanta could springboard NCSU to one of its best seasons ever. That potential is real.
Mark Gottfried will enter his second season at the helm with a team probably picked to win the ACC and as a second-tier Final Four contender. The Wolfpack’s incoming recruiting class is ranked among the top-five by just about every service, and optimism for N.C. State basketball hasn’t been this high since the 1980s.
Then toss in the many Olympic sports teams that are improving and the nationally-ranked baseball team, which is led by a pair of freshmen, including arguably the nation’s top pitcher in Carlos Rodon. The baseball Wolfpack is hosting an NCAA regional site and is a dark horse to reach the College World Series in Omaha.
Not coincidentally, many of these strides have taken root since Debbie Yow was named athletic director two years ago. Yow proved when running Maryland’s department for 16 years that she understood how to cultivate a culture of winning and uniformity.
Fractured and falling behind the rest of the ACC under its previous leadership, N.C. State is now the athletic department collectively moving forward the fastest. For a change, good times are indeed ahead for the red and white.
Not sure what a “second-tier final four contender” is exactly, but after the past 20+ years, any kind of final four contender is a welcome change.