Building a Dynasty

While the hopes of the Pack’s basketball season virtually unravels into a state that is all too familiar for most Wolfpack fans, we can take plenty of consolation in noting that Will White and Chris Wood have won the Under Armour College Bass National Championship!

The crazy thing is, both White and Wood admit they don’t have much experience in river fishing:

Both from North Carolina, neither Wood nor White had much experience with river fishing coming into the championship, and this was only Wood’s second tournament with College Bass, but they did rise to the top-two from a club that has more than 40 members to represent North Carolina State.

Plenty of research, sticking to the basics and committing themselves to a spot that has proven it can win tournaments made them national champions.

“I don’t think this is going to set in for another week or two,” Wood said, “maybe once my phone stops ringing.”

In October 2007, Chad Craven and Alex Freeman won the BoatU.S. National Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. It looks like NC State may hold the keys to success in what it takes to win a Bass Fishing National Championship.


22 Responses to Building a Dynasty

  1. primacyone 07/13/2009 at 11:07 AM #

    Just goes to show you what being pro-active, fully prepared, having done your homework and showing up with a full effort can do for you!

  2. BJD95 07/13/2009 at 11:07 AM #

    Hearty congrats – at least we can fish, damn it. Of course, in the caption ESPN does refer to us as “Wolf Pack.” Come on, WWL – even the associated spam ads get “Wolfpack” right!

    See ESPN writeup:

  3. triadwolf 07/13/2009 at 12:21 PM #

    Imagine what we could with updated facilities. How much would it cost for NC State to get it’s own river?

  4. GApack04 07/13/2009 at 12:29 PM #

    I’ll take it…at least the school won something

  5. StateFans 07/13/2009 at 12:36 PM #

    It is definitely a direct result of our facilities

  6. Girlfriend in a Coma 07/13/2009 at 12:38 PM #

    Who is our bass fishing coach? Make whoever that is our AD.

  7. Classof89 07/13/2009 at 2:09 PM #

    Do you really “coach” bass fishing? And while we don’t have a river, we do have the recently restored (they spent millions on it) Rocky Branch running through campus.

  8. GoldenChain 07/13/2009 at 3:05 PM #

    The one team Jed has nothing to do with….and we win national titles.

  9. 61Packer 07/13/2009 at 3:17 PM #

    STATE winning a national championship? Sounds fishy to me.

  10. Mike 07/13/2009 at 3:54 PM #

    We have a big time UNC fan here in the office. I asked him this AM how many championships they had won this year. He answered one. I told him we now have two!

  11. StateFans 07/13/2009 at 4:12 PM #


  12. McCallum 07/13/2009 at 4:19 PM #

    Who else fished in Lake Raleigh before it was Centi Campus?

    Skinny dipped as well.


  13. StateFans 07/13/2009 at 5:39 PM #

    Oh…you guys are confusing individual championships with team titles. (Not that Bass fishing is a real title since it isn’t sanctioned).

    State has THREE individual National Championships this year. It was a fantastic year for us on the individual basis.

  14. GAWolf 07/13/2009 at 6:12 PM #

    Got ‘er did! Congratulations!

    McCallum: You can still fish Lake Raleigh. I did two weeks ago. We fished HARD for 5 hours and caught one… (1)… bass. I’m a pretty avid fisherman/outdoorsman, and two days earlier I caught 78 in Lake Gaston and 38 in a pond, both half day trips. So that tells me how we win national championships if that’s our “home/practice field”.

    It’s like one of my youth baseball coaches who would regularly opt to give us infield on a half dirt and half gravel parking lot instead of on the field. He’d say: “BOYS…if you can catch one here, you can catch one anywhere. Now go take off your skirts, put in your cup and let’s get started….” Same speech every time. The dude had the fungo bat from hell, too. We were convinced it was loaded with tennis balls. Some kids started wearing mouthpieces to baseball practice… no shit.

  15. Dr. BadgerPack 07/13/2009 at 6:40 PM #

    “State has THREE individual National Championships this year.”

    Is that Golf, Wrestling and Diving? I’m getting old… and memory is the first thing to go. I forget what the second is…

  16. BassPacker 07/13/2009 at 6:42 PM #

    Its the second National Championship title the NCSU Bass Team has brought back to Raleigh, won it also in 2006. Thanks for giving the BassPack some recognition on this site, they are a great bunch of young men and women to work with. Just shows that hard work, talent and committment make champions, not facilities. What they lack in equipment, they make up in desire. NC State team beat out 70 other teams representing all major conferences, including home teams from SEC, not a small feat. Go (Bass) Pack !

  17. highstick 07/14/2009 at 5:50 PM #

    Ironically I was in Raleigh today and at the suggestion of the nice young lady at Addams Bookstore on Western Blvd and Avent Ferry, I took a ride through the Centennial Campus. I had no idea it was that extensive and also saw the golf course and Lake Raleigh.

    After coming back to State after Army, I lived near Lake Wheeler one year and then on Avent Ferry for the next year. I can remember the Old Mission Valley high rise being built(in fact my wife and I took a look at it and decided it was too small even for newly weds).

    I was really impressed and now I know where all the money and effort have been focused. Just wish our leaders could do more than one thing at a time cause I’ve got a feeling that they lost focus on athletics to make sure the new “fucilities” weren’t jeopardized.

    I’m assuming there’s a website on the golf course, but would like to see a drawing of what the final project is going to look like. Looks like the clubhouse was a mobile unit right now.

  18. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 07/15/2009 at 12:35 PM #

    I’ve driven through Centennial Campus many times and don’t think I’ve ever seen a student. Interesting concept to build a university campus and not have any students on it. The place looks like a ghost town.

    Instead of building a new F’n chancellor’s house, I think the chancellor has a fine house now, how about building a beach and some recreational water stuff on Lake Raleigh? Turn the lake into a great place for students to hang out. I know State has done everything in its power to eliminate any on-campus fun for students but a recreational beach on Centennial would be great idea for the city and campus.

  19. highstick 07/15/2009 at 7:22 PM #

    Amen on the students! It did look like a ghost town. I guess they “teletransport” themselves to class??? Saw more cars at the golf course than anywhere else.

    I was surprised Lee didn’t have a bass fishing complex on Lake Raleigh!

  20. packpowerfan 07/15/2009 at 8:16 PM #

    As far as students on Centennial goes, a few of my friends are doing engineering research on CC, and they pretty much pull in, hit the lab for a few hours, then peel out. You never see anyone because they’re hard at work. Did you go by in the AM or PM? I know most engineering classes are between 8-10 out there, and I’d be hard pressed to say getting up at 7 to get to Centennial for 8 am Fluid Mechanics is a fun task…

  21. highstick 07/16/2009 at 10:39 PM #

    It was probably a little before noon when I went through CC. I’d be hard pressed to say getting “up at anytime to go to a Fluid Mechanics or Thermo class” would be fun! Those convinced me that I did not want to be an engineer!

    I’d rather count beans!

    Didn’t realize the golf course had just opened on Monday according to the Technician!

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