Pack, Canes Reach Agreement


NC State and the Carolina Hurricanes have reached an agreement regarding scheduling arrangements which seems to be beneficial to both parties, and which appears to be satisfactory to both sides.

Who’da Thunk It????

NC State, Hurricanes reach scheduling agreement (

— N.C. State and the Carolina Hurricanes have settled their cold war over winter sports scheduling.

The two sides announced a scheduling agreement Friday that gives the Wolfpack the priority to schedule games at PNC Arena on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays during the ACC basketball season – defined as Jan. 1 through the second week in March.


The relationship between the two sides grew testy this summer when Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford complained in a letter to the Centennial Authority, which oversees the arena, that N.C. State wanted to hold out 129 dates in a 214-day span for 23 basketball and football games. A string of communication between Rutherford and authority officials suggested the relationship had grown contentious.

In those letters, Rutherford appeared to be particularly frustrated with Wolfpack athletics director Debbie Yow and men’s basketball coach Mark Gottfried.

Woodson and Rutherford began negotiating directly in the summer against that backdrop.

Progress in the discussions followed in relatively short order.

I for one am happy this is over and done, if for no other reason than I was tired of hearing about how selfish NCSU has been in their desire to have a say in scheduling their own home dates in their own arena.

Yeah, I know it was more complicated than that.  Would that some of the media members covering the issue had acknowledged knowing such as well.

Oh…and Randy Woodson strikes again.  We better not let that man EVER leave.

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7 Responses to Pack, Canes Reach Agreement

  1. buclark 10/07/2013 at 1:33 PM #

    This was a way too easy and obvious solution. It does not look good for DY not to have been able to negotiate this without Woodson.

  2. Pack Mentality 10/07/2013 at 2:34 PM #

    I do not believe that this makes Debbie Yow look bad at all. She laid down her set of demands that she is legally entitled to and they cried like a baby to the press. Woodson then took over once they started the mud slinging and got what Debbie Yow wanted.

  3. coach13 10/07/2013 at 3:01 PM #

    On a much less grander scale as mayor, I have dealt with similar issues when 1 party (like Hurricanes) does there communications through the media, and the controlling party cannot win in the court of public opinion, in this case Yow, even when in the right. At no point was the media going to achknowledge Yow’s warranted position. Enter Woodson to take it out of the pure sports perspective (which anti-Pack media/fans would have continually ridiculed State) and make it more of a University issue. I get it.

  4. tjfoose1 10/07/2013 at 3:25 PM #

    I see it as further sad commentary on the previous regime. As I understand it, the ACC and the ‘Canes would essentually plan NC State’s schedule for them, with the ‘Pack not in the loop, other than getting the results once the schedule was complete.

    This is what I remember from reading all the stories anyway. If I got it wrong, let me know.

  5. vtpackfan 10/07/2013 at 7:27 PM #

    The average media member couldn’t tell the difference between their a$$, Braddour, Foul-up, Yow, and a hole in the ground.

  6. Alpha Wolf 10/07/2013 at 9:39 PM #

    There’s a simple way to shut Jim Rutherford’s incompetent mouth up: show him some mockups of a new arena that you might build over on Centennial Campus.

    I think around the 2025 time frame, NC State should do that anyway — that will be roughly when the PNC will be up for replacement. Build a basketball-only facility on-campus and put it in easy access of downtown and I-440….and let Gale Force Holdings find another major tenant to b*tch about.

  7. blpack 10/08/2013 at 9:09 PM #

    Alpha, sounds like a conversation I had with friends in the 89-90ish time frame. Make it easy for students to get there and have a home court advantage. Oh well, we will have to make the PNC ‘our’ arena as best we can.

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