Heather Dinich ranks State’s Facilities atop ACC

Our good buddy Heather Dinich ranks the ACC’s “fuhcilitus” (as all you folks Down East call them). She doesn’t waste any time on analysis, but she ranks State’s atop the ACC.


Image is everything — especially to a 17-year-old recruit who is easily swayed by the glitz and glam of trophy cases, sprawling coaches’ offices, first-class weight rooms and modern locker rooms. Today ESPN.com is ranking the best facilities in each conference, including stadiums, locker rooms, practice facilities, etc. We’re talking total package here, guys, not just a ranking of the stadiums. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but some schools have clearly poured more money into their programs than others:

1. NC State: The four-floor, 103,254-square foot Murphy Center is the largest operations facility in the country dedicated to football, according to the university. It’s home to the Pack’s sports medicine, equipment, academics, and strength and conditioning.

You can read more about the Murphy Center and State’s other first-rate facilities here (GoPack.com).

Also from Heather (ESPN):

2. Florida State at NC State (Oct. 6): I know, I know. The Noles blanked NC State 34-0 last year, and Florida State’s defense should somehow be even better this year. Give quarterback Mike Glennon some credit, though. He’ll have four starters back on the offensive line, along with the help of running back Mustafa Greene. NC State’s secondary is also one of the best in the country. The question is whether the Pack can handle the Noles up front on both sides. Despite much uncertainty about Florida State’s offensive line this offseason, word has it those guys are going to be good — really good. This is going to be a tall task for Tom O’Brien. Florida State is the better team. But the Noles have been known to make a penalty or two, a turnover here and there. NC State can beat a top-10 team — just ask Clemson.

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13 Responses to Heather Dinich ranks State’s Facilities atop ACC

  1. wilmwolf80 06/14/2012 at 2:33 PM #

    I detest the phrase “down east”. I don’t call people in Raleigh “Up West”.

  2. LRM 06/14/2012 at 2:38 PM #

    ^Of course not, Raleigh’s in the middle of the state, that’d just be ridiculous.

  3. vtpackfan 06/14/2012 at 2:51 PM #

    Help from Mustafa is not a given, though Dinich has never been detail oriented.

    I figured the Butch Mahal with an adequate amount of majestic pines would be unbeatible fuh-silla-tee’s. Maybe all the signs saying “Tutors Only” are still up and she hasn’t had a look see.

  4. tjfoose1 06/14/2012 at 3:20 PM #

    Bricks > Pines? The greenies will not be too pleased.

  5. Codebrown 06/14/2012 at 3:31 PM #

    So we’ll be the most pampered 7-5 team in ACC?

  6. Hawkeye Whitney 06/14/2012 at 4:01 PM #

    7-5 perhaps. But our athletes do attend classes that are not merely imaginary.

  7. Wufpacker 06/14/2012 at 4:19 PM #

    While working toward a degree and training in good facilities is great and all, it doesn’t hold a candle to stripper parties in Miami, all the bling you can carry, and guaranteed agent representation from the firm where your coach is employed.

  8. Hungwolf 06/14/2012 at 4:57 PM #

    UNC BOG with support of state legislature just appointed an Independent Council made up of UNC boosters to study how to improve UNC facilities to guarantee they are better than NC State’s. Fraud and Cheating ok, but the UNC BOG will damn sure not sit by and let NCSU be better at anything than UNC.

  9. old13 06/14/2012 at 5:04 PM #

    In my experience, “Down East” is a term referring to the coastal areas of New England. I used to sail with a guy from Maine whose boat was named “Down East” for that very reason. Looks like another media person (I won’t say reporter) hearing a term somewhere, assuming its meaning and using it incorrectly. So what else is new!

    BTW I see that the BOG has now appointed a NONindependent internal committee to help UNC-CHeat cover up the mess . . . I mean, be sure that the UNC-CHeat investigation is thorough and complete. Big whoop!

  10. NCSU88 06/14/2012 at 5:46 PM #

    It would be pretty funny to see a foreclosure sign on Kenan Stadium.

  11. WolftownVA81 06/14/2012 at 6:05 PM #

    While I like the positive press, that article would be a lot more credible if she had given some background on the weighting of stadium, practice facilities, locker rooms, offices, etc. This is about the same as grading a stadium by it’s trees.

  12. logarithm 06/14/2012 at 8:27 PM #

    So we can thank Chuck almost exclusively for this, right?

  13. highstick 06/14/2012 at 10:04 PM #

    Don’t get too excited…ESPN’s review of the SEC fucilities is so screwed up, it appears they’ve never even looked at them..

    Remember we’re talking about “Pine Tree Denich” here!

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