Rivals.com is running a nice little series on “Where are they now”.
Even though the two ACC “experts” on Rivals Radio (available exclusively on Sirius, and also via podcasts) couldn’t answer the simple question of which players were “Fire & Ice”…they did do a nice feature NC State great, Rodney Monroe. (Link)
Additionally, if you want to think/talk about Rodney, then you need to click on this link.
“I was pretty heavily recruited, but it got down to Maryland and North Carolina State. I actually was going to the University of Maryland until (Terrapins coach) Lefty Driesell left. Once the Len Bias thing went down (Bias’ death from a drug overdose), Lefty Driesell left and I decided to go to North Carolina State. I was able to speak to (Wolfpack coach) Jim Valvano quite a few times. He played a big part in it. And playing down in North Carolina on Tobacco Road with North Carolina, N.C. State and Duke played another big part in it. “
My, my how things change in the world.
Can you imagine a kid actually WANTING to compete against Carolina and Duke on Tobacco Road as opposed to be a big, scared, *#&$)[email protected] and cowering at how tough it is to play against the big blue? Wow! What an interesting concept? Could it be any more diametrically opposed to the whining purported by our most recent former head coach, our current Athletics Director and the bulk of the ignorant media?
“More than anything that I can remember, (Valvano) was a great, great motivator. He could give you a pregame speech, and the team would be able to run through a wall for him. One thing he would do is he would actually bring in a kid from Make a Wish Foundation or a kid in a wheelchair. He’d bring him in before the game. We’d meet and greet the kids. Then afterward, he would go out and say this kid would die to have your position. That was great motivation for us to go out and play hard and do whatever we can to win the game.”