A Call to Arms


If you didn’t believe it early last week, then surely you did late Thursday night. And if you didn’t believe it then…well, certainly your eyes were opened by Karl Hess on Saturday afternoon, or by the league office later that night. Now, there can be no going back.

NC State is no longer a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Neither is Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Maryland, etc. NC State just happened to be put on notice first. Lucky us. It’s a four member league now, and has been for some time – Duke, North Carolina, ESPN, and John Swofford’s ego. No more room at the inn. It doesn’t matter that this is the house that Everett Case built. If you’re not wearing blue, you are no longer welcome.

Each NC State student, alumnus, and fan has a responsibility. Under no circumstances can you let this go, let this blatant disrespect stand. If you do, you’ve announced to the Swofford cabal that you will absolutely swallow absolutely anything…then smack your lips and ask for another helping. This goes far beyond sports – the cabal has pissed all over your alma mater, your diploma, and the diploma of your fathers, mothers, siblings, and the future diplomas of your children. If you’re headed to the RBC Tuesday night…be creative. And angry. Really, really angry. Make sure the chancellor hears you. That the athletic director hears you. That the Board of Trustees hears you.

Don’t expect to hear happy words. Expect, nay, demand action. Watch for signs that things are building to a crescendo behind the scenes. And don’t throw in the towel, no matter what. To live on your knees is not living at all. Fight for the legacy of Everett Case and James T. Valvano. Fight for your honor and dignity. Fight for the student athletes past, present, and future who have given and will give blood, sweat, and tears to wear the red and white (and sometimes black). If you don’t fight for them…why would you expect them to fight for you?

About BJD95

1995 NC State graduate, sufferer of Les and MOC during my entire student tenure. An equal-opportunity objective critic and analyst of Wolfpack sports.

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169 Responses to A Call to Arms

  1. Pack78 02/19/2012 at 1:58 PM #

    Googs and Fire are a ‘two-man Wolfpack’…

  2. GAWolf 02/19/2012 at 1:58 PM #

    NCSportsman…the argument is we would rather play against perhaps better programs which might bea us regularly, say in football particularly, on a fair playing field and witht the respect of our fellow member schools and conference management than to continue where we are now like we are now.

  3. mak4dpak 02/19/2012 at 2:02 PM #

    Again I feel our best course of action is to persue this matter to the fullest, and hope for some accountability by the officials, and the league. Firing Hess would be much cheaper than joining the SEC. We would have to do a buyout and lots more traveling expense. So again persue this matter before jumping ship. We may get the same treatment, due to officials knowing that was our reason for leaving, then we would look really stupid. Just hope we make a bold statement Tuesday by winning and recognizing Googs and Corch. Hope all the students, have their faces on the head signs, and maybe a few mixed in with a devil poster displaying Hess face, It would take quite a while to kick out the whole student section.

  4. Astral Rain 02/19/2012 at 2:06 PM #

    Hess is just a symptom

    Given how the ACC is: we’d be better off as an independent even right now.

    We should demand Swofford’s resignation and a by-law banning an ACC member alumni for being in charge of the conference or withdraw to be an independent until the SEC is ready.

  5. Skeeball 02/19/2012 at 2:06 PM #
  6. BJD95 02/19/2012 at 2:11 PM #

    Getting rid of Swoffy or going over his head would require near-unanimity of opinion and dedication among the non-blues. I don’t see that happening.

  7. Wolf74 02/19/2012 at 2:21 PM #

    If something isn’t done right away that is obviously a positive for NCSU, start writing and emailing the corporate sponsors of the ACC. Let them know you and your family will no long purchase products from or support the companies that support a corrupt conference. NCSU is the largest institution in NC. I feel there would be some response if people joined in a boycott of those companies. I am starting a list and I am waiting to hear something from the ACC, but not for long.

  8. GAWolf 02/19/2012 at 2:21 PM #

    Hopefully the feelers are at least out there right now to see who will pick up the fight with us. Clemson should be on board at least….the others cannot be too far off unless scared.

  9. coach13 02/19/2012 at 2:36 PM #

    I never thought there was any chance or circumstance that would spark interest within the higher ups of NCSU to consider the SEC SHOULD it come calling. HOWever, if this kind of thing that if not addressed to many’s likings, could be a seed that will grow like a vine seperating us from the rest of the league.

  10. GoldenChain 02/19/2012 at 2:38 PM #

    Anyone ask Gott or his 3 McD’s AAs how they feel about leaving the ACC to make the fans happy.

    I’m all for making every effort to effect change in the league before going down another road.

    And let’s face it, Hess has done something that none of us could ever do with this stupid act: he’s got people across the nation upset and looking at HIM and the other officials.

  11. tractor57 02/19/2012 at 2:41 PM #

    I didn’t see the game but I did watch the clip of the removal. If the circumstances were as described it is time to fire that bum period.
    Is this a conspiracy by the “blues” maybe or maybe not. Either way time to reclaim the conference!

  12. old13 02/19/2012 at 2:46 PM #

    Is it possible that the ACC is actually run by the UNXS BOG/UNX-CHeat BOT? It certainly has similar characteristics!

  13. GoldenChain 02/19/2012 at 2:52 PM #

    A tarhole on another board pointed out that Hess called a NC game a few years ago and was in fact the head official for that game.

    I pointed out to him that Woody Hayes & JoPa ruined their careers over one bad decision as well.

  14. wolfpacker 02/19/2012 at 3:00 PM #

    Swofford is a problem and always has been…he went to Indianapolis with unx – did he go with any other university – NO. What a JOKE…

    I don’t believe any other conference allows an alumn to be in control…this conference is backwards. One of the reasons why the conferences are going to be BIG and fewer of them was the inability of swoff and the BCS to create some sort of play-off system in football. It’s been inevitable and it’s what the people have wanted for years. The Syracuse and Pitt additions were really crucial to the conference as it was either build or die. He hasn’t been able to help the conference in football, but instead has hurt it. The Basketball Greatness in the ACC was started with Everett Case, fortunately swoff hasn’t been able to destroy the tradition of the conference. I don’t know why he is still on top, he has no vision, he just reacts. Then again, he did go to unx, what do you expect.

    He’s got an agenda and unfortunately it’s to help unx…the good thing is Syracuse and Pitt won’t stand for it.

  15. JeremyH 02/19/2012 at 3:24 PM #

    It’s all about the money.

  16. tractor57 02/19/2012 at 3:33 PM #

    reclaim the ACC!

  17. tractor57 02/19/2012 at 3:38 PM #

    With all respect to BJD I thought his rant after the Duke game was a bit misplaced. That said the Hess situation is to me quite different. At this point prove to me that Gugs and Corch were disruptive or fire the #### out of Hess today. Tomorrow fire Swoff and any other lackey in the conference office.

  18. rdjennin 02/19/2012 at 3:43 PM #

    Well, unfortunately I can’t go to the game due to work obligations. But if I DID go I would take a poster that had a picture of a referee on it and a talking bubble that said “PROTECT DUKEOLINA” with “DUKE” in dukey blue and “OLINA” in powder pansy blue.

    OR I would do a poster with a referee and a talking bubble that said “You hurt my feelings”. But alas, I won’t be there. I am looking forward to watching the game though.

  19. packpowerfan 02/19/2012 at 3:43 PM #

    How about organize the student section to “alter” Red and White to say:

    “Go to hell Karl Hess,
    throw us out with all the rest!”


    “Go to hell Karl Hess,
    Googs and Corch demand respect!”

    Of course this is more effective if the league, in what I would consider a douchey enough thing for them to do, has Karl Hess call the UNC game. I fully expect it to be Roger Ayers, who hates us just as much; and we will be bent over low to touch our toes, then be shown where the wild goose goes.

  20. BJD95 02/19/2012 at 3:50 PM #

    “Protect DukeOlina” would be a great T-shirt to market. Very succint way to describe exactly what’s going on here.

  21. tuckerdorm1983 02/19/2012 at 3:52 PM #

    they need to do a thorough investigation. They need to appoint a blue ribbon panel to carefully look the situation over and make recommendations to the ACC and Swofford. Then the ACC needs to have a closed door hearing where they ask Hess many questions. Finally, the ACC needs to make a public announcement where they say that are sorry it happened. However, they do not admit any wrong doing and completely sweep everything under the rug while at the same time hoping their “dog and pony show” will satisfy the masses and wait til it blows over. Secretly they tell all ACC refs that they should eject fans much more clandestine.

    The only fault Hess made was making a spectacle of it. He should have done it when they went to commercial break. (semi-pro “somebody hit somebody”)

    from 22 sec in the clip to 1:11 (they need to watch this and take a lesson)

  22. Avid109 02/19/2012 at 4:02 PM #

    I’d certainly like to see Swofford held to a no-confidence vote by all of the ACC schools. Other than the blues, which schools would support him, and why?

  23. Hinton Helper 02/19/2012 at 4:09 PM #

    was over on a unc blog to see their reaction…generally supportive, but this is classic carolina stuff:

    “Larry Rose famously ejected Roy Williams’ son Scott, a former UNC player, from Cameron Indoor in 2005, so it’s not like there is not precedent for this kind of behavior on the part of referees.

    Sad to say, but it’s just fun to watch it happen to a notoriously paranoid fanbase with a massive inferiority complex. Those blaming the whole incident on Swofford and offering this as more reason why NCSU should leave the ACC are hilarious.

    With that being said, if Hess overstepped his bounds, he should be reprimanded in some way, but if that happens, it will happen discreetly and quietly.”


    they have no idea.


  24. Go Army 89 02/19/2012 at 4:25 PM #

    The ref was out of line and whoever is in charge of the RBC game day management should be fired. RBC management should make decisions about fan ejections not given power to Hess to do it. Like Corch said, these guys are sitting there with their families, the critiques they were dolling out were the opinion of most people in the building.

    I think the the fans should hose terrible refs the rest of the season. I mean completely blast them, what are they going to do, throw out an entire section? Call a technical? Go for it.

    Hess should not be allowed back at an NCSU game.

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