Midweek news and notes

Despite NC State basketball having a week long break, there has still been plenty of Wolfpack sports news worth keeping up with.

  • Tracy Smith will return for his senior season in 2010-2011
  • David Thompson has been honored again
  • NCSU has a new volleyball coach who will actually look to win
  • Willie Young and Ted Larsen will be at the NFL Combine this weekend
  • NCSU’s Student Government runs out of things to do

Here’s the links.

Tracy Smith says he will return for his senior season

Tracy Smith wants to play in the NBA when his college career is over but professional basketball will have to wait. Smith, N.C. State’s leading scorer and rebounder, will return for his senior season, he said Wednesday.

“I’ll wait my turn next year,” Smith, a junior, said. “I want to graduate and be ready.”

Smith averages 17.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the last-place Wolfpack. Smith called the season “frustrating” for both the Wolfpack’s record, 3-10 in the ACC, and the constant double-teams but said he feels his NBA stock would go up with another college season.

Thompson selected for National Hall of Fame

NC State basketball legend David Thompson is one of eight members of the class of 2010 for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Thompson, a three-time ACC Player of the Year and two-time National Player of the Year, led the Wolfpack to back-to-back ACC Championships in 1973 and ’74 and to the 1974 NCAA Championship. He was a 1996 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, which automatically makes him a Founding Member of the Collegiate Hall of Fame.

He joins former NC State player and assistant coach Vic Bubas, who was selected for enshrinement in 2007. Former Wolfpack coach Everett Case, who is a member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, is also considered a Founding Member of the collegiate hall, but has not yet been enshrined.

Bunn takes over volleyball program looking to turn things around

On Friday, the NC State Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Bryan Bunn as NC State’s volleyball coach. Bunn spent the last three years as an associate head coach at Baylor, helping the team reach the NCAA Sweet 16 and producing a pair of All-Americans. He is confident that he can turn the fortunes of the Wolfpack’s program around, through his teaching and recruiting skills.

Bunn sat down with GoPack.com managing editor Tim Peeler to talk about his background, his goals and his strategy for building a successful program with the Wolfpack.

Dinich previews the NFL Combine

The annual NFL scouting combine begins today and runs through March 2. A total of 329 draft-eligible players were invited to the event, including 41 ACC players. Each school in the conference will have a representative.

The measurable workout drills include: 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and shuttle run. There are also different drills for each position.

There is a lot of hype surrounding Clemson’s C.J. Spiller, as he has been tabbed the top running back to watch. Here’s a quick breakdown of the ACC’s participants.

NCSU Student Government wants to revive live mascot

In the early days of NC State football, cheerleaders used a live Minnesota timber wolf named “State”. Problem was, wolves aren’t really people friendly, like a dog or a sleepy looking ram with large testicles. Thinking nobody could tell the difference, the school used a coyote in the 1940’s.

NC State eventually scrapped the use of live animals. But come on, LSU has an actual tiger on the sideline, so what’s the worst that can happen with a wolf? I mean, other than the fact that wolves are creatures of the night and have a taste for human flesh.

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12 Responses to Midweek news and notes

  1. Classof89 02/24/2010 at 8:48 PM #

    Volleyball coach sounds impressive. I like that we tried something new (a middle-aged male coach) after three straight complete failures hiring young women for their first Division I head coaching jobs.

  2. wolfpackattack89 02/24/2010 at 9:03 PM #

    We’re not actually going to get a wolf. The Technician wrote something about it today. However, I think they were expecting to pass a vote tonight to get a Tamaskan dog. Look’s exactly like a wolf. I love Mr. and Mrs. Wuf, but this is pretty cool. Here’s a link to an actual Tamaskan.


  3. blpack 02/24/2010 at 10:58 PM #

    People have been clammoring for live wolves for years. I like the idea, don’t know if it is a good one, but I like it. Time will tell. DT – greatest ACC player of all time. Period.

  4. philliepacker 02/24/2010 at 11:10 PM #

    Tracy leaving to go pro?

  5. ryebread 02/24/2010 at 11:13 PM #

    Good news on Tracy. That’s the best news that the bball program has had in a while. If we can get Harrow, Brown and LC to campus, then we’ll have achieved what we could this year.

    The volleyball coach looks like a solid hire to me. I don’t think it’s a slam dunk, but its as good as we could possibly expect given the circumstances. The man does know how to win. Whether he can do it at NC State remains to be seen.

    The combine article was very telling to me actually. Yes, we have two guys there, but look at what the other teams in the ACC have. Every single other team has at least two people as well (including Duke). You can really look at this and see that we didn’t have much senior talent on this year’s squad. You can also look and see where the talent really was in the league (VT, then Clemson and Miami). I’d argue that Miami, UNC and FSU underperformed. I’d argue that GT exceeded expectations.

  6. Wolfy__79 02/24/2010 at 11:16 PM #

    it looks like tracy is staying philliepacker.. which is smart. he needs to add a little deeper shot to his attack. should be possible with upgrades at backcourt and more experienced front.

    the tamaskan dog looks awesome. i’m all for getting some of those for the sidelines… feed them some gunpowder and park them right beside the visitors tunnel.

  7. philliepacker 02/24/2010 at 11:21 PM #

    I would hope Tracy stayed don’t get me wrong I like Tracy ,but at his size with little outside game I think he is headed for a nice run in europe.

  8. PackerInRussia 02/25/2010 at 8:14 AM #

    Just train the wolf to act kindly towards anything in red and to go absolutely insane at the sight of baby blue and we’d be all right.

  9. choppack1 02/25/2010 at 9:37 AM #

    Big news on Tracy Smith. Helps avoid at least one part of the train-wreck scenario for next year. He’s done a great job here – and I’m glad he’s a wolfpacker.

  10. nsj 02/25/2010 at 1:45 PM #

    The idea of bringing back a live mascot is bloody brilliant. What better than a mascot that might actually eat your rival?

  11. ADVENTUROO 02/25/2010 at 2:15 PM #

    Since I came to this fine institution in 1963 and matriculated for 5 years…OK, I was a little slow…but I had a BLAST…and finally graduated…AND….I remember several football games….

    I THINK, and I may be wrong, that we actually did have a WOLF one time…but it turned out to be a mangy cyote and it was timid….a real PR Farce. I have see wolves in the wild and they are NOT as fierce as our graphic artists make them.

    I think we would be better served to have REAL Student Government FOLKS acting like WOLVES (in the Student – Faculty Senate and other organizations) and DEMANDING R-E-S-P-E-C-T! The faculty and admin has run over us like a pack of mice….it is time that all the folks start to turn the tide…THEN, I pop for a REAL wolf, whom we will have to specially breed and put on steroids….but it will be worth it.

  12. fmack 02/27/2010 at 9:03 PM #

    I really love these positive articles about State. I’ve enjoyed these much better than the get rid of Sid articles that have been posted on here before. I’m glad that Tracey is going to stay another year. I’ve met him up at the barbershop and he seems to be a very respectable young man. Carries himself well even during the difficult times. Believe me at our barbershop they can be brutal. Also I’m convinced that DT is the best college ball player the ACC has ever produced.
    Now about the live wolf thing – we have a college of veterinary medicine what say we create a “Frankenwolf” the likes of which the world have never seen. He need to be big as a tiger and look like he works out in the gym and really really hate the site of anything blue.
    He needs to be so intimidating that visiting teams can’t concentrate on the court or the field. Even give him “abby-normals” brain I don’t care just make him look vicious. LOL!!! JUST DON’T LET HIM BE A PUNK!!!

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