Sunday Stuff – July 12th

====> Please no Lorenzo Brown comments in this entry. Once we get over our devastation we will post its own entry.



====> Stud outside linebacker, Kendall Moore, of Southeast Raleigh choose Notre Dame over NC State this weekend. (Link to the story) This one hurts, as Moore would have been a fantastic complement to the current stable of young and talented linebackers in west Raleigh. NC State is going to have a fine recruiting year with or without Moore…but, a couple of these types of commitments quickly moves you into “Top 10 territory” from Top 25 territory. I wish him the best, but I wonder if he really has a grasp on the culture shock that awaits African American kids from the south when the enter the time warp of cold, dreary, white and Catholic South Bend, Indiana.

Standing at 6-foot-3 and 230-pounds, Moore recorded nearly 120 tackles and six sacks last season, and he also caught seven touchdown passes as a tight end for the Bulldogs. The rising senior records a 4.58 forty yard dash time, and benches 320 pounds. ranks Moore as a four star prospect and the 14th best player at his position. The recruiting Web site also named him their top 250, ranking him the No. 167 overall player in his class.



====> NC State’s Ben McCauley had a fantastic debut in the NBA’s Summer League. Heck, his numbers are ‘Tyler-Hansbrough-like’. If only the local paper’s would run quarter-page pictures of McCauley in his practice uniform and remind us how hard he is going to work to make the team! Thanks to the Las Vegas newspaper for covering the story.

Adam Morrison was supposed to be the star attraction of the Los Angeles Lakers’ entry in the NBA Summer League. But he wasn’t the only guy wearing purple who caught the fans’ eyes Friday.

Ben McCauley, a 6-foot-8-inch rookie free-agent forward from North Carolina State, turned heads by scoring 24 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the Lakers’ 85-84 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Cox Pavilion.

Ben who?

“I was playing (center) in college, and all I did was go block to block,” said McCauley, who played four seasons for the Wolfpack. “Nobody knew I had the skills to do these other things.”

Chucky Brown did. The Lakers’ summer league coach and former N.C. State player had seen McCauley play in the summer in Raleigh, N.C., and thought he could thrive in the Lakers’ triangle offense.

“He’s a smart player who can pass and shoot,” Brown said of McCauley, who averaged 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds as a senior. “He’s perfect for the triangle.”

McCauley said he hopes to continue to impress people in Las Vegas — if not the Lakers, then another team.

“It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “I’m trying to take advantage of it as much as I can. I just hope I can keep it going.”



====> Poor Heather Dinich is going to be crushed when she sees her beloved Duke Blue Devils listed as one of the worst ten programs in all of college football in the last decade. I love stuff like that and look forward to the rest of Dodd’s list. To be fair, Dinich’s love affair appears to be much more about David Cutcliffe than it does Duke football.



====> ESPN has announced their 2009 lineup for college football commentators. Interesting comments here.



====> Speaking of this coming football season, the odds for winning the BCS Championship can be found here. Here is an interesting observation – both NC State and UNC-CH log in at a +10,000 (as does Wolfpack opponents Pittsburgh & Clemson). Considering the kind of ‘powerhouse’ that Carolina is supposedly building it must be perplexing to the mainstream media (and the high school coaches who dare send their kids to Chapel Hill at risk of having their scholarships revoked) how this could be?



====> 850TheBuzz has an interview on their website with Da Jules from Harlem on the his to Europe or the NBDL. Hodge was a really good college player in Herb Sendek’s system. But, I can still never get over the blasphemy of Pack Pride’s magazine cover of standing Hodge in front of David Thompson’s jersey hanging from the rafters.



====> Congratulations to NC State’s Cullen Jones who broke the American record for the 50 meter free style. (Link here)

Cullen Jones lowered the American record in a 50-meter freestyle swim-off at the U.S. nationals Saturday night, touching in 21.41 seconds. That bettered the previous record of 21.47 set by Garrett Weber-Gale at last year’s Olympic trials.

The former N.C. State swimmer edged Weber-Gale in the one-on-one race for the second spot in the event at the world championships in Rome later this month. Weber-Gale was clocked in 21.70.

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14 Responses to Sunday Stuff – July 12th

  1. BJD95 07/12/2009 at 11:08 AM #

    Yep, we sure will be better off without Big Ben. He is contaminated with Sendek cooties!

    Congrats to Cullen Jones, giving us some rare good news.

  2. dbo2874 07/12/2009 at 12:50 PM #

    ron franklin forced into exile at ESPN still kills me

  3. McPete 07/12/2009 at 1:35 PM #

    And to think just hours before Kendall Moore choose ND over the pack, posters on their board were absolutely trashing his espn film and questioning the staff’s recruitment of him.

    I’ve heard that Moore most likely projects to be a DE since he’s not that fast and lacks ideal lateral quickness. so that’s one more defensive end we’ve wiffed on this year: Justin McCray, Justin Taylor, Moore, and Alfy Hill.

  4. StateFans 07/12/2009 at 4:29 PM #

    ^ Wow…and I thought NC State’s ‘internet fans’ were the bad ones. Imagine if that had been us how the fans would have been blamed for not landing the recruit.

  5. howlie 07/12/2009 at 7:12 PM #

    I rejoice in each commitment we DO get, and know the staff doesn’t live and die on one recruit.
    I remember the ‘crash’ of frustration on State boards that came with a RB [Geo.?] Bell, who ‘dumped’ us for VTech. He hardly ever played for them. We’ve had other RB’s who looked ‘all world’ in h.s., then got injured and got their knees chopped to crumbled nuts. Then other recruits who were ‘afterthoughts’ getting the last slots who’ve turned out to grow into allstars.

    This we know: TOB is a winner. TOB will win. I’ll take whomever he signs, and the sun came up today without our recruiting making it happen.

  6. VaWolf82 07/12/2009 at 8:16 PM #

    I remember the ‘crash’ of frustration on State boards that came with a RB [Geo.?] Bell, who ‘dumped’ us for VTech.

    Not quite the same thing. Instead of Bell, we got Andre Brown. Instead of LB, State gets nothing.

    Unfortunately for Bell (who by all accounts was a good kid), he never really recovered from his knee injury from high school. Media reports were that VT wanted him to take a medical hardship and give up football. The last I heard, he transferred to a small school because he still wanted to play.

    (Google is wonderful.) Bell will be a senior at Catawba…which is the same school that Cam Sexton transferred to.

  7. Alpha Wolf 07/12/2009 at 8:47 PM #

    I have come to the conclusion that most any of’s message boards are 75% inhabited by some guy named R. E. Tard. Or his brother Moe Ron.

    Seriously. People like to pick on Pack Pride, especially on places like 850 The Buzz’s blog, but that board is no better or worse than any other one. For example after the 2008 Final Four, some genius UNC fans were saying Roy couldn’t get it done because he lost to Kansas. When Florida lost to Ole Miss in football, their board had it that Urban Meyer was a lousy regular season coach. And so forth and so on.

    And people wonder why a large portion of the Internet gets no respect.

  8. choppack1 07/12/2009 at 8:55 PM #

    interesting quote from Ben McCauley – that dig at the coaching the last 3 years – especially when 2 years ago you had a legit big man – was about as subtle as an orange tuxedo.

  9. Greywolf 07/12/2009 at 9:43 PM #

    “Yep, we sure will be better off without Big Ben. He is contaminated with Sendek cooties!”

    Where was the center Sendek recruited? Do we have to spin-doctor EVERYThING anybody says and turn it into anti-Lowe material?

    TOB loses 2 DB’s to Prep School with nothing more than a wringing of the hands. Lowe loses a recruit to prep school and we crucify Lowe.

  10. StateFans 07/13/2009 at 8:41 AM #

    ^ Do you have to go down that road everytime you post despite our multiple requests that you discuss the topics as opposed to discuss our decisions to run certain topics?

    Just wanted to give you the last warning to not be surprised when you see comments focused on us as opposed to the topic start disappearing.

  11. BJD95 07/13/2009 at 9:37 AM #

    ^^ For the record, I’m making fun of the people who said that McCauley, Fells, and Costner were responsible for the shortcomings of the last two seasons (with no responsibility for Lowe).

    I betcha Tom O’Brien doesn’t try to write off the 2009 season because he had to prep a couple of guys (which is common practice in football anyway, which you well know).

  12. Rick 07/13/2009 at 10:38 AM #

    ““I was playing (center) in college, and all I did was go block to block,” said McCauley, who played four seasons for the Wolfpack. “Nobody knew I had the skills to do these other things.””

    Shouldn’t a coach know what his player is capable of and take advantage of that?
    This is not a good quote for Lowe. We used to talk all the time about how HWSNBN was not using his players in the best ways.

  13. Noah 07/13/2009 at 2:50 PM #

    I think it’s safe to say that Ben McCauley is not Sidney Lowe’s biggest fan.

  14. zahadum 07/14/2009 at 10:50 AM #

    Unfortunately, the only roster spot on the Lakers that Ben has any realistic shot at is Josh Powell’s. (assuming that the Lakers do resign Lamar Odom.)

    And Ben had the chance to do more than go ‘block to block’ his junior year, but decided to spend the season pouting instead.

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