Thursday Tidbits


Matt Carter of Wed. practice report: Frosh kickers mature

A popular topic of conversation surrounding NC State football this preseason will be the kicking game because of the three true freshmen that are expected to handle the punting, kicking and special teams duties.

Wil Baumann will boot the punts, Niklas Sade will handle field goals and kickoffs, and Scott Thompson will be doing the snapping. It’s a unique position that both special teams coordinator Jerry Petercuskie and head coach Tom O’Brien have never been in during their respective coaching careers.

Fortunately for them and NC State however, the trio seem to have the mental makeup to handle the load.

“We still have to wait until they get into a game, but I think that they are interviewed by you people all the time so they have a lot more wherewithal than the kids have 20 years ago, so these guys have been exposed to a lot more,” Petercuskie noted. “Consequently I think it shows up in their demeanor. We’ll see what happens when the bullet starts flying.

Ryan Tice of after first practice on Tuesday Mike Glennon is not changing much despite new role

Although redshirt junior quarterback Mike Glennon may look a little bit different at the start of summer camp with his newly unveiled facial hair and a different role — he is finally the starter under center — than previous autumns, he is not changing much else. This is the moment that the former four-star recruit from Centreville, Va., has been preparing for since committing to NC State in Jan. 2008 and he feels that he is ready for the spotlight.

“When I was warming up, I saw a bunch of cameras following me but I do the same things I always do,” he said following the Pack’s first practice on Tuesday. “I don’t try to treat anything different with my teammates, I think it’s the same situation all the time.

Jacey Zembal of spotlights Curtis Underwood
Curtis Underwood getting big opportunity

Curtis Underwood Jr. was finishing up a recruiting trip to North Alabama when he received the phone call he was expecting last spring.

NC State coach Tom O’Brien called Underwood to ask him to return to the Wolfpack, which didn’t surprise him too much. Underwood’s friends on the team gave him advanced warning that sophomore running back Mustafa Greene injured his foot, and might miss some games for the 2011 season.

Underwood had left the Wolfpack following the 2010 season after it became clear he wasn’t likely going to be in the top two spots on the depth chart. The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder alternated between third and fourth string last year, rushing for 62 yards on 15 carries, plus a 12-yard touchdown reception. He appeared in four games at running back, and played extensively on special teams.

Austin Johnson of PackPride post audio and quotes from TOB after day 2

Fall Camp, Day 2: Tom O’Brien

“They have to condition themselves [before they arrive at camp]. They have to get out, they have to run they have to do multiple things to get them ready to play. You can’t just think you are going to get it done in 20 minutes.”

“If we had an air-conditioned indoor facility we could go in there and we wouldn’t have that problem.”

“I’ve never had anything like [having three true freshman on special teams]. But we are forced into this. But I think we are very fortunate cause I think the kids are really mature kids. Watching them kick, both kids have strong legs. Our snapper gets a lot of revolutions flying back on the ball – its on a line and its going to be in a place where everybody can catch it. So its just a matter of them playing and getting some good experience under their belts. They are going to be fine.”

JP Giglio at the N&O talks about the extreme heat and indoor practice facilities. No way around the heat for Wolfpack

It only took two practices in the August heat for N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien to renew his campaign for an indoor practice facility.

“We were lucky today with the cloud cover,” O’Brien said. “If we had an air-conditioned indoor facility, we could go in there and practice and we wouldn’t have that problem.”

O’Brien has basically been lobbying for an indoor facility since he took over the program after the 2006 season.

My favorite part of hiring TOB was the culture he’s brought in and teaching these young men that there are more important things than football.

Joining the Wolfpack: Wounded warriors get visit from Coach O’Brien, NC State’s football team

July 27 started like any other day for the Marines in the wounded warrior barracks. Another hot, sweltering Wednesday in the middle of the dog days of summer. Wounded Marines passed the time in the lounge area at the wounded warrior barracks aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, playing air hockey and cracking jokes while watching Comedy Central.

But then, a large bus pulled into the roundabout behind the barracks. Out of it stepped Tom O’Brien, the head coach of North Carolina State University’s football team, and more than a dozen of his players.

The team was making its biannual visit to the Wounded Warrior Battalion – East at Camp Lejeune since O’Brien took over at NC State in 2007. He sees it as a chance for the players to grow and put everything in perspective, and an opportunity for O’Brien, a former Marine of nine years and a major in the Marine Corps Reserve, to give back to the Corps.


Chip Alexander at the N&O discusses the recruitment of Thomas de Thaey. NCSU recruits brawny Belgian

Thomas de Thaey isn’t your typical N.C. State basketball recruit.

A member of coach Mark Gottfried’s first recruiting class, the incoming freshman from Belgium is 20 and is fluent in Dutch, French and English.

At a certain point, the 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward had Washington, Colorado State, Wake Forest, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne and several smaller schools showing interest. About a month after N.C. State introduced Gottfried as the Wolfpack’s new coach in April, newly named assistant coach Bobby Lutz swooped in and signed de Thaey.

“I remember they just hired the new coaching staff, and two days later, coach Lutz was already on a plane to come take a look at me,” de Thaey said last week.

Update on Wolfpack Basketball in the Legends Classic

C.J. Leslie, NC State: Leslie was a significant get for Sidney Lowe a year ago. Now Lowe is out and Mark Gottfried is in at NCSU. But Leslie’s importance is even greater. He needs to produce for the Wolfpack to get off to a decent start prior to the ACC.


Brett Friedlander of the Wilmington Star discusses a key injury. Leslie McDonald has knee surgery.


N&O reports on the Student Honor Court breakin. UNC police charge student in Honor Court break in

UNC-Chapel Hill police charged a student in a recent break in at the building that houses the university’s Honor Court.

Garrett Lee Haywood, 22, of Chapel Hill, was arrested today on charges of breaking-and-entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods. Haywood was brought before the Orange County Magistrate and a secured bond was set at $2,500.

At 8 a.m. Monday, UNC-CH officials discovered that the student judicial system office in Student and Academic Services Building North had been broken into and 31 students’ confidential records stolen, according to a news release.

Ken Tysiac of the N&O Running back Hunter Furr to leave UNC

With the start of practice just two days away, junior running back Hunter Furr has decided to transfer from the North Carolina, the school announced Wednesday.

Furr asked interim head coach Everett Withers this week to release him from his scholarship. Withers said Furr is looking for more playing time.

Messy Marvin is back in the news, this time The NY Times Jorge Castillo catches up with him. Exiled at North Carolina, Marvin Austin jumps into NFL career

The NCAA Notice of Allegations accuses North Carolina players of receiving $27,097.38 in impermissible benefits. Austin is believed to have accepted benefits totaling $13,507.47, including more than $5,000 in benefits from the late sports agent Gary Wichard.

“I was allegedly breaking NCAA rules, but that doesn’t make me a bad person,” said Austin, who would not comment on the recent developments at North Carolina.

“If you check out my record, I’ve never been in trouble or hurt anybody or did anything like that. So when they talked about character issues, that was just something for the draft. Somebody had to have an issue. That’s not something I worry about. I know what type of person I am.”

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21 Responses to Thursday Tidbits

  1. Pack78 08/04/2011 at 7:51 AM #

    Great football updates;Anchorman ‘allegedly’ breaking NCAA rules (LOL); and Al Capone was allegedly a criminal; a 22-yr. old Chapel Hillian has been arrested for the HC break-in-guess he isn’t a wuffie after all…

  2. tuckerdorm1983 08/04/2011 at 8:45 AM #

    arrest made in the honor court break-in. Yall need to be on the watch out for jack ruby.

  3. tuckerdorm1983 08/04/2011 at 9:05 AM #

    who is garrett lee haywood. Or is that garrett lee harvey oswood.

    I believe this is him

  4. Daily Update 08/04/2011 at 9:26 AM #

    Love this entry putting all of this together.

  5. TruthBKnown Returns 08/04/2011 at 9:34 AM #

    Glad to see it was a Hole that stole those dishonor court records. Although, if it had been a State fan, then we’d have had the pleasure of SEEING those records. 😉

  6. rtpack24 08/04/2011 at 11:35 AM #

    Will be interesting to see which attorney represents this fine young criminal.

  7. IamGumbyDammit 08/04/2011 at 12:18 PM #

    WOW! This little tidbit in the NY Times article reprinted in the N&O about Cupcake Boy threw me for a loop –

    “NFL teams, however, had their concerns. Not even an impressive showing at the East-West Shrine Game, where he represented North Carolina and scored a touchdown after recovering a fumble, was enough to keep him in the first round.”

    And sure enough, Cheesecake Factory Boy DID play and score in the 2011 East-West Shrine Bowl, representing UNX…

    …though interestingly enough the official website either did not post or has removed the 2011 roster…I wonder why…

    Granted, this is not an NCAA event, but nevertheless, how on earth dooes UNX justify allowing a player that has been ruled permanently ineligible (AND has been the clear initiator of chain of events that is the beautiful disaster that the program has currently become) participate in this event representing the University? That roster spot was more deserving of an NCAA player that was eligible and participated in the 2010-2011 season.

  8. imawolf 08/04/2011 at 1:13 PM #

    This morning, at work, I opened the N&O’s sports page and there on the FREAKIN FRONT PAGE is Marvin Austin,,,,,,,,, NOT TO MENTION all over page 3. How can this newspaper plaster this man in their paper with garbage of what a really good person Marvin really is……..? WHAT message does that send to the youth of our society……….? Its OK to do wrong…. because really, deep down, you are good………. See, this is a serious issue within society… Marvin, still will not admit he did anything wrong…… The paper will not state Marvin did something wrong…… No, they gloriifed him today……….and this type of journalism is very disturbing and disheartening. It is really sad. If Marvin was to come clean, admit what has transpired and make a sincere apology,,,,, then, this would have a different conslusion….. I might be able to accept that deep down, he made a mistate and is a good person…… But no, as it stands now, in my opinion, Marvin is not an honorable person.

  9. PackerInRussia 08/04/2011 at 2:15 PM #

    “Curtis Underwood Jr. was finishing up a recruiting trip to North Alabama when he received the phone call he was expecting last spring”

    I had to read that 3 times to realize that it wasn’t saying that Curtis is pregnant. I’m either dumb or my brain just works a different way.

  10. Vegaswolf 08/04/2011 at 2:21 PM #

    The comments on the kickers are a surprise. One would normally expect to hear some of TOB’s more realistic “they’re young and not real good right now” statements. A positive backing is a good sign. I hope. My kingdom for at least a touchback or two this season. Sade is smart kid so he should display a good work ethic and get it done.

  11. lawful 08/04/2011 at 2:23 PM #

    How did the holes get more votes than us? Really? Really?

  12. TruthBKnown Returns 08/04/2011 at 2:31 PM #

    lawful, are you serious? They are ALWAYS overrated in the preseason. They’re almost ALWAYS ranked higher than State in the preseason. And USUALLY we are ranked higher than them in the final postseason polls (TOB’s first three years being the exception to that “rule”).

  13. JasonP 08/04/2011 at 3:07 PM #

    lawful, they are the Darkhorses. I’m still waiting on the N&O to publish a preseason article where they mention that despite these early-season setbacks (like losing the HC and AD!) that Withers just might sneak up on everyone and WIN THE COASTAL. Watch out for that one coming soon.

    imawolf, saw that report as well. They filled up a quarter of the 3rd page with Marv tossing his dreads around like he’s hawking Pantene. what a joke.

  14. packhammer 08/04/2011 at 3:09 PM #

    What would an indoor football practice facility cost? Anybody know what Duke spent on thiers?

  15. old13 08/04/2011 at 4:02 PM #

    ^ DY mentioned a couple mil. No $$ for it now. But it is on the wants list.

  16. highstick 08/04/2011 at 4:37 PM #

    UNC is “allegedgly” a university, but there’s nothing concrete that I’ve seen in the past few months that would prove that to me. Whoever “arrove” at that conclusion was way off base!

  17. Hungwolf 08/04/2011 at 4:53 PM #

    Latest Post on Support Butch Davis Facebook Page: HEELS! Keep up the emails/calls to the Chancellor, Board of Trustees and Board of Governors. The heat is starting to be felt, trust me. I know Thorp to be a fine, decent man committed to UNC. But there have been many fine, decent men in roles of leadership that simply should not hold such a position. This is not about Butch anymore. This is about having a man at the top that is careless and reckless in his decision making. Keep your emails on point and respectful…”

    Hard to imagine the only people contacting the BOG just a couple of months ago were non-UNC fans wanting the BOG to do something. Maybe ONLY HEEL fans can force the BOG to demand an independent investigation or take some sort of action, in my opinion.

  18. tuckerdorm1983 08/04/2011 at 5:05 PM #

    well if that don’t beat all you know.

    Butch offers his son a scholarship to play at UNC

    Now Holden Thorp talks about what Butch did and mention’s Drew Davis’ name to the media. According to NCAA rules you cannot mention a recruit by name until he signs a letter of intent. (ask Sidney Lowe about that).

    It has become a complete FUBAR over there in chapel hill

  19. TruthBKnown Returns 08/04/2011 at 5:31 PM #

    ^ I wonder if they’ll self-report THIS little beauty. 😉

  20. BladenWolf 08/04/2011 at 6:54 PM #

    “It has become a complete FUBAR over there in chapel hill”

    …I’m still giggling. 🙂

  21. packhammer 08/05/2011 at 4:54 PM #

    This thread is all over the place…I raised the question yesterday of how much it would cost to build and indoor football practice facility like what TOB wants. If it is indeed a few million then I would say the climate is right to do a special ask to get it moving. I’m sure the AD would resist as it is a terrible way to do business but I think our fans are totally supportive of TOB right now and if he says he needs something then I think a bunch of people would respond to the ask. I would.

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