So wait, is Russell Wilson coming back?

I understand Russell Wilson’s decision on how to proceed with his future is hugely important to the 2010 football team, but this has almost gotten laughable. How many times — and ways — will both Wilson and Tom O’Brien have to talk about his plans in the fall? How many different ways can they both say that Russell will be here? Maybe the better question is when will those questions stop?

He’s coming back, period. He’ll be in Raleigh sometime on August 2 after traveling from Pasco, Washington. A quick look at Expedia has me thinking he’ll have to fly from Pasco to Denver, CO and then catch a direct flight from Denver to Raleigh. There has been no confirmation of flight arrangements but once those are available we’ll make sure to pass along flight and seat numbers.

Anyway, here’s the latest confirmation of Russell’s decision to come back to the Wolfpack in the fall.

O’Brien confirms that Wilson is ‘definitely’ coming back

Russell Wilson is signed and ready to go for the Colorado Rockies. The organization came to terms with the two sport star from N.C. State earlier this week. He’ll be making his minor league debut any day with the short season Class-A Tri-City Dust Devils in Washington. He is expected to play second base.

Reports from earlier in the week said his contract would allow him to play football with N.C. State this Fall. The Northwest League doesn’t conclude until early September. And N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien has said all along that if Wilson is to play football this Fall, he must be with the Pack on August 1, the start of training camp.

“He’s definitely coming back. I talked to him on Saturday night. He just signed his contract. He talked to his mother, his brother, he was all excited. But he said coach, ‘I’ll be there the 1st of August,” O’Brien told The Insiders Wednesday morning on 620 The Buzz.“Speaking with his adviser, that’s what he called him, multiple times over the weekend, everything was structured in the contract. And with his arrangement with Colorado that he would be released August 1 to come back to State and report on the 2nd.”

For those folks who need just a bit more assurance that Wilson will be in Raleigh in the fall here’s some video from WRAL.

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6 Responses to So wait, is Russell Wilson coming back?

  1. graywolf 06/24/2010 at 2:35 PM #

    Good news for the wolfpack nation. Plus Glennon is getting better and will be ready when called upon.

  2. tjfoose1 06/24/2010 at 2:58 PM #

    Thank you for posting this. I too have grown weary of the constant questioning of a settled topic.

  3. OviesHatesYourPosse 06/24/2010 at 4:07 PM #

    Sure, it’s a bit overkill. However, name me a player on the Wolfpack that has an immediate impact on potential wins and losses as Wilson. Had he gone to baseball, everybody would have adjusted their expectations.

    From the local media perspective, it’s unique and has some interesting angles. I think the biggest draw is Wilson’s future as a pro. Some argue he should pursue football, despite his dreams of baseball.

    For the folks who follow this everyday it isn’t news (kinda like hardcore recruiting info). For the casual folks it still matters.

    My 2 cents.

  4. TheAliasTroll 06/24/2010 at 4:36 PM #

    So, if Wilson plays this entire year (barring injury of course), then Glennon would only have two years of eligibility remaining, is that correct? If that is the case, I’m skeptical of how much he can impact the program (positively) in only two years as the starter.

    After the crazy basketball recruiting fiasco, the future of our football program in comparison seems pretty dull at best.

  5. transylvania 06/24/2010 at 7:08 PM #

    Pasco — I lived just north of there for three years. It is on “the dry side” of the state and in the region where they grow the famous Washington apples. Beautiful area!

  6. tjfoose1 06/24/2010 at 9:20 PM #

    “If that is the case, I’m skeptical of how much he can impact the program (positively) in only two years as the starter.”

    Really? Respectfully, I think you need to get some perspective. 3-4 year QB starters at the major FBS level are the rare exception… Many star QB’s had 2 years or less to make their ‘impact’.

    Ever hear of Erik Kramer? Charlie Ward? I could go on with many more, but I’ll stop at just the first two that come to mind of whom I am sure only had 2 years to start…

    Most Wolfpackers will tell you the former made something of an impact during his 2 years as a starter (his only 2 with the program, in fact) with NC State. And the latter? I’m sure everyone can agree that a National Championship and a Heisman Trophy qualifies as making an impact.

    I look forward to the day that our program is well enough established that almost all of our QB’s do not start until at their Jr or Sr years.

    The situation we have with our QB’s should be the situation we have at most, if not almost every, position. When that happens, we will have the program we all want.

    Simply put, having Wilson AND Glennon is a good thing. I wish all those Wolfpackers – and this is NOT directed to you Troll – who want Wilson to go so Glennon can ‘get his chance’ would get a clue or just shut up.

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