Monday Musings – The way to wake up! [UPDATED]

March 12, 2012

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Way to wake up!!
If you have not yet seen the video of the Wolfpack Basketball team reacting to their NCAA Tournament bid then you really need to watch the video below to get a big smile and get yourself going today.

NC State celebrates the NCAA bid

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Chip Alexander (N&O)
Pack’s ‘please, please’ prayers answered

When athletic director Debbie Yow hired Gottfried last year to replace Sidney Lowe, she believed it might take a few years to become an NCAA team. Gottfried immediately asked that some teams be dropped from this season’s schedule and more higher profile teams added.

“I knew it might be a tall order this first year, to be an NCAA Tournament team,” Gottfried said. “I knew there was some potential with this group and we just needed to put it together.

“What’s very important is our strength of schedule became something that helped us. I took this job and I wanted to make our schedule harder. Debbie Yow was very supportive. She was nervous about it but very supportive. To buy out some contracts and get into some other contracts, we had to spend some money, which shows the commitment from Debbie Yow.”

N.C. State last, but in the NCAA tourney

N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said it was torture.

Wolfpack senior C.J. Williams said he was sinking deeper and deeper into his seat, the tension building.

As for athletic director Debbie Yow, she said she was steeling herself to be strong for the players should the ultimate disappointment unfold and the Pack be left out of the NCAA Tournament.

Only one tournament slot was unfilled Sunday and the Wolfpack still waiting. Then, just like that, there it was being flashed on the CBS Selection Show: N.C. State on the board. It was cardiac for the Pack, but N.C. State made it as an 11th seed in the Midwest Region and will face sixth-seeded San Diego State (26-7) on Friday in Columbus, Ohio.

“It was intense,” Pack junior Scott Wood said. “Everything is wandering through your mind. You’re not going to be in. What if you’re the last one?

“That’s about as crazy as it can get, right there. When you come down to the last pick it’s like, ‘Oh, please, just please.’”

ACC tournament ends, but UNC-N.C. State officiating controversies linger

The ACC declined to talk about the multiple controversies involving the referees and N.C. State at ACC tournament game on Sunday, but ESPN did, even the participants in the game-deciding sequence from Saturday’s memorable game between the Wolfpack and North Carolina exchanged messages of mutual respect on Twitter.


On Sunday, ACC commissioner John Swofford, associate commissioner Karl Hicks and head of officials John Clougherty declined to comment about the officiating issues at the tournament, which started on Thursday when three officials each wore the initials “KH” on a piece of white tape on their sneakers.

The apparent tribute by officials Jamie Luckie, Mike Eades and Bernard Clinton was a reference to veteran ACC official Karl Hess, who declined an invitation to work the ACC tournament.


ESPN had to blur out Gottfried’s reaction, which included profanity, to the no-call by Dorsey before the Marshall basket.

“That’s a charge!” Gottfried clearly screams to Dorsey.

ESPN’s cameras didn’t capture Dorsey’s response but official Tim Nestor physically interceded and moved Dorsey to the other side of the court, away from Gottfried and the N.C. State bench.

Jim Young (
Quick Thoughts On Selection Sunday

N.C. State, No. 11 Midwest: Boy, the committee really made the Wolfpack sweat, didn’t it? N.C. State was the last team announced during the CBS selection show. I’ll be honest, I don’t know a ton about No. 6 San Diego State, but hey, has the Aztecs (No. 52) ranked below the Wolfpack (No. 44). So there’s that. Get by that game and then a matchup with Georgetown and it’s Princeton-style offense would likely await in the second round. Here’s betting that would lead to plenty of folks bringing up Herb Sendek and the Princeton-style offense he ran during his days at State. Oh goodie.
Previewing San Diego State

Feature Player: Jamaal Franklin — A 6’5 guard, Franklin is a terror on the glass, as he averaged 19.5 points and 9.9 rebounds while being named MWC Player of the Year.

This season he averaged 17.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals for the Aztecs. Franklin also shot 80.3 percent from the free-throw line. In 28 games this season, Franklin scored in double figures 25 times and produced a double-double on 11 different occasions.

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REACTION: Gottfried, Yow Talk NCAAs
NC State To Face San Diego State in the NCAA Tournament

NC State will play San Diego State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Columbus on Friday. This is the Pack’s 23rd trip to the NCAA Tournament, and its first since the 2005-06 season. The Wolfpack is 32-20 overall in the Big Dance, and one of only 17 teams that have won two national titles, 1974 and again in 1983.

“Today was a very long day,” said head coach Mark Gottfried. “When you are the last team picked, its a long show. I am very proud of what this team has accomplished. The room erupted when we saw our name, and these players should feel good.”

The Wolfpack enters with a 22-12 record under first-year head Mark Gottfried, whose inaugural win tally at NC State is second to only legendary coach Everett Case for first-year Pack mentors, who was 26-5 in the first-ever ACC campaign.

The 22 victories represent the most wins by the program since the 2005-06 season when it concluded the year with a 22-10 mark and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Including this season, the Pack has posted 22 wins in a season just three times over the last 22 years.

Yahoo! Sports
San Diego State Team Report

Aztecs in NCAA tourney for 3rd straight year

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Wolfpack achieve goals quicker than expected

NC State is back in the tournament that it helped make famous.

The Wolfpack (22-12) finally snapped a five-season drought by being selected as a No. 11 seed in the Midwest to play against No. 6-seed San Diego State (26-7) on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. NCSU will be competing in the tourney for the 23rd time, which includes winning the national title in 1974 and 1983.

Former NC State coach Sidney Lowe resigned March 15, 2011, after a disappointing 15-16 record, and the new coach was expected to rebuild the Wolfpack into an NCAA Tournament squad and finish in the top half of the ACC.

Neither NCSU athletic director Debbie Yow or first-year coach Mark Gottfried expected that both big picture goals would get accomplished so soon. NC State achieved both by earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament and the Wolfpack also reached the ACC Tournament semifinals, falling 69-67 to North Carolina on Saturday in Atlanta. The bar has been raised for the program.

“I’m a optimist, so I think anything is possible,” said Gottfried, who had his contract extended until 2018 for making the tournament in his first two years. “I felt like it would probably be a tall order this first year to be an NCAA Tournament team. I felt this would be quite an accomplishment if we pulled it off.

Andrew Young (
Breakdown of ACC teams in NCAA tournament

The N.C. State Wolfpack (22-12) was the last team to appear on the board Sunday evening and as an 11 seed in the Midwest will take on San Diego State of the Mountain West Conference. The Wolfpack played very well at the ACC Tournament and could be a surprise team in the NCAAs if C.J. Leslie continues to play as he has, C.J. Williams avoids foul trouble, and Scott Wood can get open looks. This club has come a long way since Mark Gottfried too over last spring. He had a lot of work to do getting this team on the same page and advancing their games individually and collectively. If NCSY can get past the Aztecs, it could face a Georgetown team it’s capable of beating. Then a possible date with Kansas in the Sweet 16 might be interesting.

Eamonn Brennan (ESPN)
We’re off on the road to New Orleans

Thanks for the bid (and the memories)

Seriously, we’re just happy to be here:

NC State Wolfpack
Sweet, sweet relief: The Wolfpack were the last team announced in the field Sunday, the bracket equivalent of a last-second 30-foot buzzer-beater. The good news? NC State ended the season playing its best basketball, when it took North Carolina to the wire in the ACC tournament.

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NCAA Tournament Schedule

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BEYOND THE ARC: Tomahawk Chopping in Atlanta


4. Calvin’s coming of age: N.C. State sophomore C.J. Leslie firmly established himself a bona fide star in the league during the ACC tournament by averaging 17.3 points and 10.7 rebounds while shooting 72.7 percent from the floor while earning first-team All-Tournament honors. He would have posted double-doubles in all three games if not for Brian Dorsey’s phantom fifth foul call.


3. Empty seats: Officially, the attendance for each of the ACC tournament’s six sessions was 19,520, a sellout. Many of them, however, came dressed as empty seats even after the move from the cavernous Georgia Dome to the smaller Philips Arena. Tickets for Thursday’s opening round games were going for as little as $1.99 on StubHub and only Sunday’s championship game featured a crowd that resembled those of ACC tournaments past.

4. ACC refs: The men in stripes were in the news even before the tournament began when it was announced that Karl Hess wouldn’t be there. The controversy grew when Mike Eades, Jamie Luckie and Bernard Clinton came out for the opening game wearing Hess’ initials taped to their shoes. Between that, Brian Dorsey’s profanity-laced run-in with N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried and some highly questionable calls, it wasn’t a good week for John Clougherty’s guys.


Florida State’s championship was the best thing that could have happened to the ACC. Not only did it bump the Seminoles up to a No. 3 NCAA tournament seed and give the ESPN talking heads something else to talk about besides UNC and Duke, but breathed some badly needed life into the tournament. Maybe now that fans see other teams really are capable of winning the title, they’ll start buying tickets and attending the games again. FSU’s win was also significant in that it made Leonard Hamilton the first black coach ever to lead a team to the tourney title.

The bracket’s winners and losers

No one is a bigger winner than N.C. State, which not only found its way into the field, but avoided a play-in game in Dayton. Of course, CBS did make the Wolfpack wait until the absolute, final moment. As for the rest of the bracket…


1. Drexel: More than ever, the message from the committee was about nonconference scheduling. Drexel played only one nonconference game against a team that made the NCAA tournament.

2. Miami: The ACC gets five teams in, but not a sixth. Who knows what would have happened if Durand Scott hadn’t been suspended Friday night, when the Hurricanes lost to Florida State?

3. Washington: The Pac-12 was dismal this year, beyond awful, but the regular-season champion of a BCS conference used to consider an NCAA tournament bid a birthright.

Joe Person, David Scott, Ron Green Jr., Rick Bonnell, Jim Utter, Andrew Carter, Jack Daly, J.P. Giglio (N&O)
A deeper look at the NCAA tournament field

42. N.C. State

Record: 22-11 Seed: No. 11 Midwest

Best win: Texas 77-74

Worst loss: Georgia Tech 82-71

Scouting report: Forward C.J. Leslie and guard Lorenzo Brown give the Wolfpack, in the field for the first time since 2006, one of the best combos in the country, especially with the way they have played during the past two weeks. Foul trouble and depth issues have haunted the Wolfpack, though, and could be its undoing.
NCAA tournament opening odds

N.C. STATE > 100-1

Bret Strelow (
Video of N.C. State’s live reaction to making the NCAA tournament field when all hope appeared lost

Watch the joy that comes out of graduate student Alex Johnson. One of the reasons he transferred from CSU-Bakersfield to N.C. State was because he wanted a chance to play in the NCAA tournament. Now he has it.

The footage of junior DeShawn Painter bear-hugging first-year coach Mark Gottfried and spinning around with him is truly moving. No matter what team you root for, the emotion involved is what makes March Madness and basketball on Tobacco Road special.

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Gottfried’s Contract Extended With NCAA Bid

“To be honest, we actually put in his contract that the extension would occur if he reached the NCAAs in his first or second season because I didn’t think the first year was close to being likely,” said Yow. “I knew if our new coaching staff got us there I would be very excited, and I am.

“Words can’t express what it was like sitting with the team, the coaches and their families and seeing our named called that late in the process. The spontaneous eruption of joy was unbelievable. I will never forget this.”

According to Yow, the two additional years are guaranteed at $1.2 million per year for a total guaranteed compensation of $2.4 million.

Gottfried also has a chance to earn additional income through bonuses with his team in the tournament.

According to the contract, he would receive a bonus in the amount of one month’s Annual Salary (approximately $62,500), if NC State achieves a Sweet Sixteen appearance.


“I’m happy about it,” said Yow. “I’m happy about the extension because Mark has earned it, and he has earned the additional guaranteed money that comes with the extension. I’m delighted.”

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Midwest Regional: UNC, Kansas figure to lock horns in KU’s back yard

4. Watch the birdie: San Diego State sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin was the Mountain West Player of the Year this season, but he made his biggest headlines in the conference title game when he appeared — according to reporters courtside — to flip off a referee after being called for a foul. Franklin denied it afterward.

Dark horse pick: I don’t like any of the true “dark horses” in this regional — Belmont, Creighton, St. Mary’s … not for me. So I’m going with the palest dark horse pick of all time, the 11th-seeded Wolfpack from, um, North Carolina State. From the ACC. With two national titles in its history. But they’re the only double-digit seed I see advancing to the Round of 16, so shaddup!

Most likely upset: N.C. State over San Diego State is so easy, it’s a shame. The Aztecs manhandled their conference, but I’m not a huge believer in the X-and-O ability of Steve Fisher (or whoever’s coaching that team, behind the scenes). So if you want an easy pick, pencil in North Carolina State as the winner of this game in the Round of 64. But if it doesn’t work, don’t come crying to me. Next time, think for yourself. Ahem.

3. The stats say N.C. State had some of the best players in the ACC. Point guard Lorenzo Brown led the league in steals (1.8 per game) and was second in assists (6.4). Scott Wood led in 3-point shooting (41.1 percent). And C.J. Leslie was in the top 10 in scoring (14.6 ppg, ninth) and rebounding (7.5, seventh).


Gottfried: It was torture
NC State Reacts to 2012 NCAA Tournament Appearance

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46 Responses to Monday Musings – The way to wake up! [UPDATED]

  1. tuckerdorm1983 03/12/2012 at 7:13 AM #

    the look on Gotts face is priceless, just priceless

  2. haze 03/12/2012 at 7:24 AM #

    Wow… just “Wow!” for that reaction video. So much work and progress and a brilliant, just reward.

    Honestly, this team and Gottfried have so exceeded expectations that it’s hard to know where to start. Really, not a foot wrong the whole way through. Perhaps the long walk in the desert is over after all.

    Now, enjoy it, then get your heads right for SDSU. It’s not a visitation, it’s an opportunity to do something special… and those are rarer than you’ll ever believe.

  3. McCallum 03/12/2012 at 7:39 AM #

    Lutheran birthdays, sinus issues, the ACC tournament and the Bowersville Optimist Club are all the rage.

    Gott has GOTTA get some minutes out of Tyler “limp wrist” Harris and the Belgium brew mister de Thay. Wood has to be able to dribble drive and produce a 10-15 ft jumper.

    I must refrain from saying how much Pack Pride sucks but since it wasn’t something I vowed to give up for Lent let me say that Pack Pride sucks.

    Another note: for someone that does not encounter many unc fans these days I must confess how delighted I was with their disgust for me and my friend the other day when we BOOED them during the Merryland intros.


  4. Rochester 03/12/2012 at 7:48 AM #

    That video is great. Love to see the celebration. They were going even more nuts than I was.

  5. baxter 03/12/2012 at 8:01 AM #

    WTF are you calling a freshman limp wristed for?

  6. Texpack 03/12/2012 at 8:06 AM #

    The team reaction video made my day.

  7. Alpha Wolf 03/12/2012 at 8:09 AM #

    Despite the dramatic twist, we weren’t one of the First Four, and not the last team in the regular tournament either. St. Bonaventure’s win knocked out the last team in (presumably a First Four team) when they won their conference tourney. In turn, one of the Dayton-bound teams weren’t going to go until the Bonnies did their thing.

    We were actually sixth from the bottom, logically.

    But still, the NCAA trolled State fans hard.

  8. Lunatic Fringe 03/12/2012 at 8:18 AM #

    I am very excited for the team, but especially for seniors/graduate students. CJ Williams has had a LONG 4 years so good for him to get this reward at the end.

  9. BamaPack 03/12/2012 at 8:24 AM #

    I wonder if Harrow is enjoying carrying the water and towels for UK’s real players.

  10. Prowling Woofie 03/12/2012 at 8:32 AM #

    I would say as an 11 seed, we are no lower than 44th out of 68 🙂

    Edit: Saw a ranking that had us listed as #42. Does that make us a 10 1/2 ???

  11. Wufpacker 03/12/2012 at 8:32 AM #

    I seriously doubt Harrow is carrying water and towels. How would he be able to tweet? Or is it twiit?

  12. GAWolf 03/12/2012 at 8:34 AM #

    That video is fantastic!!!!!

    Is the NCAA now looking favorably on us? It seems like a good-natured ribbing that the favorite player gets from the coach or favorite student of a teacher. Is it possible we have finally turned the corner and earned some favor in light if the cheating going on just down the block?

  13. tann84 03/12/2012 at 8:37 AM #

    I’m glad Giglio remembered what happened Saturday. I’m ecstatic that we got in, but that doesn’t erase the debacle that occurred saturday. The good news it got national play, people are starting to see the man behind the curtain. We need to keep the pressure on the ACC by winning more. The more we win the more national news our games will be and when we continue to get jobbed by ACC officials it will be on a national news more and more. So the ACC has two choices, clean up their act or be exposed for what they really are. Some say move to the SEC is the answer but I still don’t think it will help us in the end. We don’t have the national brand to still attract players as an SEC team and I don’t think football will get a boost either. The grass always seems greener on the other side and I know a lot of people are fed up with the ACC. But I really thing Gott has something going here, if he can’t succeed then I’m on board with the idea of moving to the SEC.

  14. tuckerdorm1983 03/12/2012 at 8:44 AM #

    forget the past, forget the charge that was not called, forget the fumble out of bounds twice, forget it all. Focus on one thing San Diego State.

    Last year they beat 15 seed northern colorado
    then beat 7 seed temple to make it to the sweet 16
    they then lost to UConn.

    they lost 5 seniors last year. I think we can take them. The mountain west league is not that powerful

  15. JohnGalt78 03/12/2012 at 8:50 AM #

    Damn this coffee taste good this morning!

  16. baxter 03/12/2012 at 8:50 AM #

    They look to be an up tempo team, have one true big, but he doesn’t seem to be that productive, looks like they run something like a 3 guard set. They have one guard who is averaging nearly 10 rebounds a game. Its going to be interesting for sure.

  17. bluelena69 03/12/2012 at 9:21 AM #

    I love how Lo and Calvin go from devastated to mobbed in a split second.

  18. Prof_Turby 03/12/2012 at 9:25 AM #

    No doubt the good showing against the Holes and the BLATANT officiating helped in the 11 seeding…
    The NCAA knows the screwing we got and ESPN and the talking heads are getting on it also…
    When we start winning big the calls will change for the better…
    It takes time to build a dynasty…
    It took K a while…
    The cheats will continue to win as long as huckleberry is there and they have the press…
    They will always have the press with so many of their grads in the business…
    Times are a changing…
    We need to keep this entire coaching staff in place for the next 5 years and we will be set…

  19. bluelena69 03/12/2012 at 9:30 AM #

    Leave Ryan Harrow alone. Please. He is a 20 year old kid. I think many people here would have left the team, judging from some of the hatred and vitriol I witnessed here upon the announcement of Gott as our head coach in April of last year. Harrow isn’t exactly carrying water. He is sitting out the mandatory transfer year and is currently projected to be the starting point guard next year for what is now the top-rated team in the tournament. I don’t think he is exactly sitting out in KY wishing he was here.

  20. HAve2650 03/12/2012 at 9:30 AM #

    We’re carrying around a truckload of unspent karma. We’re due folks. Let’s bring back some magic in the tourney. The guys have endured so much to bounce back from the Duke game and now the UNC finish with the refs. Fresh start and good karma can go a long way!

  21. DC_wolf 03/12/2012 at 9:32 AM #

    Like tann84, I’m trying to forget Saturday – but just can’t get that bad taste outta my mouth.

    42 fouls called in the NCSU / UNC semi-final (23 on State), but only 33 called in the final? Where thirty-one more points were scored??

    Has anyone told Carolina they were jobbed?!?

    A little kidding there, but I think we all need to remember the cabal job in Atlanta & hope the media spotlight brings about some kind of change in the Greensboro offices.

    That is all, I now look forward to the tip on Friday.

  22. tdouble 03/12/2012 at 9:44 AM #

    Swofford is definitely behind Pack getting 11th seed. They were hosed!

  23. Alpha Wolf 03/12/2012 at 9:50 AM #

    Has anyone told Carolina they were jobbed?!?

    That was a topic of conversation over on Insane Carolina (IC) before the announcement that their football team is finally going to get their punishment today.

  24. Pack Mentality 03/12/2012 at 9:53 AM #

    “Leave Ryan Harrow alone. Please. He is a 20 year old kid.”

    …who is a crybaby prick who tried to bring us down with his negativity…we’re better off without you…I wish him the best though…who am I kidding, I hope he never does s***.

  25. HPWolf 03/12/2012 at 10:03 AM #

    Let’s forget Herb and Harrow. Time to move on. Direct your anger to the real enemy that resides in that cesspool of lies called Chapel Hell. I hope we kick the shit out of them and expose their lies for the next 25 years. Then and only then will we call it even.

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