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For too long, it was just one line on a 16-game Atlantic Coast Conference schedule.

For too long, N.C. State tried to minimize the importance of its annual showdowns with North Carolina, trying too hard to detach itself from the fervent emotion of a rivalry that stretches back 95 years.

For too long, with UNC winning 17 of 22 meetings over the previous 10 seasons, the Wolfpack felt too much like discarded chewing gum being ground into the treads of the Tar Heels’ sneaker bottoms.

Until Saturday.

On the heels of State’s big win Saturday beowulf served some great crow to the media ‘pundits’ that had so much criticism to share last year when Lee Fowler bungled his way through the coaching search.

This afternoon we want to highlight a few articles from Sunday’s local media today that deserve some special mention like the the piece that provided us the quote that led this entry (and was also the source for these quotes)

* Caulton Tudor of the News & Observer (Link)

It’s funny how things can work out in the Triangle.

Had Carolina won as convincingly as many people expected, most of the postgame questions for the Tar Heels would have been about Wednesday’s trip to Duke and how the Blue Devils might react after a wrenching overtime loss at Virginia in their last outing.

State’s players ended that conversation before it began. All it took to pull the Tar Heels back to earth was an emphatic reminder that there are three programs in this neighborhood.

And while Williams will turn the outcome into psychological fuel, Lowe can use it as the best possible example of what his program can still do and where it is headed.

For the first-year coach, it was only one game. But it was one game that will help build confidence this season and enhance recruiting for seasons to come. It was his first win in the series as a coach, but it won’t be his last.

* Frank Dascenzo of the Durham Herald. (Link)

“It’s a big win, but it’s one win,” Lowe said.

Nice try, coach.

Lowe knew darn well what had just happened. It took his coach eight games to beat the Heels. It took Norm Sloan, the only other coach in N.C. State history with an NCAA title, 11 games to finally beat the Heels 82-70 on Dec. 18, 1970, at the Big Four Tournament in Greensboro.

Lowe talked about family and tradition and about former players showing up in his locker room. He said there was no coincidence to the red blazer. Believe that if you want.

“You’ll see it again,” Lowe said.

You bet you will.

* Andy Katz at ESPN is ‘starting to believe’ as he blogged the big win. (Link)

The feeling around the locker room, according to Towe, is that Sidney Lowe won’t let this team quibble. He said Lowe’s demeanor and NBA background of coming up with ways to score is helping this team continue to improve and define itself as a gritty bunch.

* Nothing special from the Charlotte Observer to share. No surprise.

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31 Responses to More in the Media

  1. Mr O 02/04/2007 at 12:38 PM #

    Up to 85 in the Sagarin after yesterday’s win.

    There were some great quotes from Costner in this article. It seems that even the players are starting to understand our tradition.

    “We’re just trying to get us back to where we rightfully should be,” forward Brandon Costner said.

    “It means (Lowe) is going to be around here for a long time,” Costner said. “You (media) guys can look forward to keep interviewing him, keep talking to him and just see Wolfpack basketball take off again.”

  2. Rick 02/04/2007 at 12:57 PM #

    “e said Lowe’s demeanor and NBA background of coming up with ways to score is helping this team continue to improve and define itself as a gritty bunch.”

    There cannot be enough said about his ability to teach our gusy to score.
    There is so much more to basetball than throwing up threes and praying they go in.

  3. rky 02/04/2007 at 1:01 PM #

    One of the many excellent quotes that made an impression on me was in the Tudor article:
    “All it took to pull the Tar Heels back to earth was an emphatic reminder that there are three programs in this neighborhood.”
    I love seeing the Wolfpack faithful enjoying long overdue happiness in the world of college basketball!

  4. vtpackfan 02/04/2007 at 1:07 PM #

    I like all the quotes and comments made to and by the media so far,except one. I have got it directly from any source, but I read somewhere that GG said the “recruiting roof” was about to blow off, or something. Im nit arguing the matter, just warning everyone that this should come with a disclaimer: {what we’ve done is all we can do until ’09-’10 class}. If Brackman still has a basketball scholly then by my estimates his and GG’s scholly’s will be available for Mays and Williams only in ’08, and that’s it unless something changes.

    Not to be a downer, just a sprinkle of reality. Lowe and staff already blew the roof off (to the very best of their abilities considering the circumstance) prior to this game. I am agreeing with GG and all who share in the idea that this could bolster Sid’s chances of really striking it big with ’09 recruits ( which is vital considering we could have many to hand out then all at once).

    There are some interesting recruits still being pursued by NC State in ’08 nevertheless. A seven foot swing man from Romania and a PF from Puerto Rico, both by way of State side prep schools. Of the two, I know we have offered the Romanian, though not really surehow the situation would pan out if he actually accepted and enrolled for ’08. Correct my rough estimates if anyone see’s fit:

    4) Big “Lew” (medical RS)
    6)Costner (med RS)
    7) Johnson (transfer)
    8)Degand (tranfer)
    9) McCauley
    10) Fells
    11) Fergueson (transfer)

    -That leaves two available for Mays and Williams.

  5. Rochester 02/04/2007 at 1:24 PM #

    I’ve heard rumors that some of our ’07 recruits have not qualified academically. Maybe they’re recruiting other guys just in case. Anyone know any more?

  6. StateFans 02/04/2007 at 1:43 PM #

    ^ Technically, no recruit is qualified until they graduate high school.

  7. chilly water 02/04/2007 at 1:48 PM #

    i guess doyle is finger banging himself right about now

  8. 98st8 02/04/2007 at 1:53 PM #

    I am checking out other ACC scout sites from the game yesterday… this is hilarious:

    From Maryland: “Crap… that McCauley kid is better than any player on our roster!!!!!!!! and to think he wanted to …………..”

    “so much for our “automatic win” down at NC State”

    “Fells is MONEY.

    herb sendek teams didn’t play like this team does.”

    “lol @ Handborough stopping throwing a punch short…LOL even harder at these announcers making excuses and saying he was trying to slap his hands or knock the ball back…do these guys have no shame?”

    “I agree. Sidney Lowe may not be that bad afterall.”


  9. brown pelican 02/04/2007 at 1:54 PM #

    having leaders (lowe and towe) who refuse to accept the second class status designated to our program by the ignorant majority is a blessing for us all—their ability to transfer confidence and get the most out of our guys is among the most rewarding moments for this pack fan—just moved to idaho from south carolina—called my wife and asked for a red blazer for valentine’s day—go pack

  10. bTHEredterror 02/04/2007 at 2:07 PM #

    Remember, the best part of all this is…….we are short benched and young! Replacing Atsur next year will be key, but all indications are we are going to very good NEXT year, and in the full throes of “regaining our rightful place” as Costner so beautifully put it. To Vt’s point of avaialable schollies, we may not have a bunch of room right now, but if Big Ben keeps on the track he’s on, we won’t have him for his senior year, and Hickson may not be here more than a year.

  11. redfred2 02/04/2007 at 2:57 PM #

    “The difference, as Lowe pointed out in the midst of a long on-court celebration by dozens of fans, was “guts.” ”

    Some are better at it than others, but anyone can draw up X’s and O’s on a dry erase board. Either way, they have been way overated for too long around here. A coach just cannot teach anything, if he’s not capable of understanding it himself.

    If you didn’t believe it before, yesterday should have proven that Sidney Lowe understands it all. He is just showed us that deep down inside, he feels exactly the same way we do. That same passion is just now starting to really sink into these players too.

    Long way to go yet, but the years and years of frustration over seeing players playing without a purpose, makes this ONE win soooo, soooo, SWEET!!!

  12. tractor57 02/04/2007 at 3:03 PM #

    It is one step of many to follow – certainly a huge step but there will be missteps and falls along the way but doesn’t it feel so right.
    You have to like this team (players and coaches) – no not perfect and there are voids to fill but what they have accomplished to date is something to behold.
    And the tone of the media has turned from last spring (as if they really know anything anyway)
    Already a much better season than I expected and I expected more than many – it is obvious that this coaching staff can teach and improve players and soon we shall see the fruits of their recuiting – “future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades”.

  13. WolfPup35 02/04/2007 at 3:51 PM #

    This has GOT to be one of the sweetest wins over the hated Holes I can remember!! Not only did our kids play their asses off, they believed they could win, and that can be infectious. This win is even sweeter for me because I am “the State fan” at work. There’s some shit to talk come Monday!!

    Keep it up, men! GO WOLFPACK!!

  14. DaPackster 02/04/2007 at 4:06 PM #

    To quote Jackie Gleason “how sweet it is”.Lowe has some of Sloan and Valvano in him. We need to be focus on GT for Tuesday. That will be one tough game and its going to be hard not to have a letdown. That why Sidney gets the big bucks. We need to thank Herb For Astur, Grant, Fells, Mcauley, and Costner. Very good players, just were playing in the wrong system. I wished Sidney coach football.

  15. Champs 02/04/2007 at 4:08 PM #

    It is so nice to have a coach that isn’t just putting in time approaching the game like a professor but who is passionate about coaching.

    Also GG might be talking about the incoming recruits that have already committed are gonna blow the “recruiting roof” off because they are that good.

  16. choppack1 02/04/2007 at 4:13 PM #

    Great game plan for Sidney and staff – great execution and heart by the players.

    The players now how proof positive about what they can do – even short-handed. Make now mistake about it – on a Saturday where there were plenty of upsets, this one was the crown jewel.

    Also, kudos to Sidney for the first regular season back to back victories over ranked opponents in a long time.

    This is what the dream is all about. Heck, I was impressed w/ the way we came out battling, just remembering the result the last time we played the Heels in the RBC.

  17. WolfPup35 02/04/2007 at 4:17 PM #

    Does anybody know how to send e-mails to Stuart “Tarhole” Scott at ESPN….just wanna talk shit to the biggest baby blue whiner on the planet……anyone???

  18. 98st8 02/04/2007 at 4:24 PM #

    DUKE loses… this is a great weekend!

  19. redfred2 02/04/2007 at 4:30 PM #

    I have only one complaint, or maybe not, everyone is watching the tube afterall, but Super Bowl Sunday is rightfully dominating what would be the biggest sports story going at the moment.

    Damnit LEE, can’t you do anything right with the scheduling? 😉

  20. Woof Wolf 02/04/2007 at 4:42 PM #

    Yesterday was “Our Super Bowl.” Today is just a football game. I may switch to the replay of our game on ESPNU at 7:30.

  21. redfred2 02/04/2007 at 4:57 PM #

    “DUKE loses… this is a great weekend!”

    Then…there weren’t just two.

    This is the way ACC basketball was meant to be.

  22. vtpackfan 02/04/2007 at 5:13 PM #

    I wasn’t taking aim at the qoute by GG to the media, I only saw where it could be interpreted grossly by some. I love the recruits coming in, and obviouly am very proud of the job these players who were not recruited by Lowe are adapting.

    In the ’09 class there are two of NC’s own who will be receiving alot of attention. Both shooting guards, one by the name of Richmond and another, Ross I think who goes to Panther Creek, and looks like he could be one to watch.

  23. highstick 02/04/2007 at 5:14 PM #

    Fred, there is “only one”! It’s just that we’ve been in such a funky state of mediocrity for so long that we forgot it was “US”!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tar Heel Born
    And Tar Heel Bred
    Why The Hell Would Anyone Want to Wear Anything But Red!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. WolfPup35 02/04/2007 at 7:41 PM #

    People who wear baby blue aren’t BORN bad people, they’re just misguided, perhaps suffering the after effects of severe mental abuse. They don’t need ridicule, they need therapy!! OK, OK, maybe they DO need a LITTLE ridicule.

  25. old13 02/04/2007 at 7:53 PM #

    ” . . . but there will be missteps and falls along the way . . .”

    True. But the ‘Pack will NEVER again go into any game defeated before the opening tipoff as was so prevalent the past 10 years!

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