daU Comes for a Visit – Miami Open Thread

Greetings Wolven brethren.  I’m getting a late start again today, so this is going to be short and sweet probably.

Another Hurricane arrives today at Carter-Finley.  Hopefully this one won’t flood my house like the last one.

Miami (6-4/3-3 ACC) rolls into town today.  They’ve had a somewhat similar season to our own Wolfpack .  Good early, 4 game skid in the middle, recently pulled out of tailspin.  The past two weeks they’ve pasted Pitt and UVa respectively, and they will be bowling regardless of what transpires from here on out.

After going on the road to Syracuse last weekend and putting a hurting on the Orange, the Pack (5-5/2-4 ACC) needs to win just once in the next two weeks (Miami, at U*NC) to become bowl eligible themselves.  It would be nice if the Pack could get that done today so that they could just concentrate on beating some Tar Heel tail next week.

Wolfpack Meets Miami on Senior Day (GoPack.com)

NC State (5-5, 2-4 ACC) must win at least one of its last two games to reach bowl eligibility status for the third consecutive season, and the sixth time over the last seven seasons. Game time is 12:30 p.m.

The opponent will be Miami (6-4, 3-3 ACC), an opponent looking to restore a rich tradition of excellence under their first-year head coach Mark Richt. The Hurricanes became bowl eligible for the ninth straight year by posting a road win at Virginia last week, 34-14.

Adding to the intrigue on Saturday will be tailback Matthew Dayes‘ quest to become NC State’s first 1,000-yard rusher since T.A. McLendon in 2002. Dayes, who has seven 100-yard rushing games this season, needs to 61 more yards to reach 1,000.

“Obviously, we all want to get to 1,000 yards, especially for the offensive line,” Dayes said. “They’ve done a heck of a job this season. It would be great to get it.”

The soft-spoken Dayes was one of those seniors who joined Doeren’s first recruiting class in February of 2013. He offered a glimpse of what was to come in the future when he scored three touchdowns in his first college game as a true freshman.

Wow, really????  14 years ago was the last time we had a 1,000 yard rusher????  Yes, really.

So it’s Senior Day for DD’s first class.  Let’s send ’em out in style.

Time:  12:30pm Kickoff

TV: ACCNetwork, Locally on WRAL5

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The Pack is a 2.5 pt home underdog in this one according to Vegas.  And as I’m typing that, Lee Corso just picked us as his “Superdog” of the week.  Now we’re probably jinxed.

There was basketball last night in the Virgin Islands.  The Pack pulled away late for a 13 point victory over Montana, 85-72, to move to 3-0 on the young season.

Abu led the way with 25pts and 8 boards.  DSJ tallied 21 pts and Torin Dorn chipped in for 16.

Pack Controls Second Half to Defeat Montana (GoPack.com)

NC State pulled away from Montana in the second half to win its Paradise Jam opener, 85-72, at the USVI Sport and Fitness Center on Friday evening.


Montana had a 40-38 lead at halftime after a back-and-forth first half that saw 11 lead changes and no team with a lead bigger than five points. The Grizzlies had their biggest lead of the game at 5-2 in the opening moments of the game.

[Markell] Johnson had the best game of his short career with the Pack as the Cleveland, Ohio native scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting and added six assists, four steals and one block with zero turnovers in 27 minutes off-the-bench.

The Pack advance to the winner’s bracket of the Paradise Jam and will play #22/20 Creighton on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

Creighton on Sunday night will be a good test for the young Pack.  I wish Mr. Kapita could be there for that one.  Oh well.

OK, time for football.  Let’s do this.

Go Pack!!!!!

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    Here’s a thought or two. If you’ve got the money, pull the trigger, and make a respectable hire then a new coach is likely to get 3 seasons to prove themselves. 2017, 2018, 2019. This assumes Yow goes full term. If she retires end of June 2019, I have a hard time imaging new AD won’t let coach have a 3rd season. We have a history of cutting coaches not getting it done in 3, but if they are having an 8+ win season I have a hard time seeing a new AD cutting bait with what would be a successful coach based on our history. So the decision is basically do it now and give a new coach a chance or you get awkward with just 2 years to sell a new coach if you wait a year. If you believe we’ve got a good base of talent in house. Then if you make a good hire now, perhaps you get a recruiting bump. May lose some with regime change, but if the perception is you’ve gotten better coach then I’m sticking around hoping for better days. Obviously we’ve lost several games we could have won this year which may be an indicator that we aren’t far away. That becomes the key question – is it just bad luck, players not knowing how to win, or coaches missing the key ingredient that separates us from an 8+ win season, top 25, and top tier ACC presence.


    pack84 – I hear you but I am just trying to figure out what coach worth his salt is going to be worried about being fired after 2 years by a new AD. I mean in order to do that he’d have to go 0-8 in his first year or something. Oh.

    But seriously, again, if he can beat UNC and somehow beat a decent team in the bowl game, but if he loses to UNC, I just don’t see how any rational person can say “let’s keep this guy.”

    I will tell you right now, if we lose and keep Dave, it will be pretty much a break even due to loss of ticket sales and C-F revenue during the year.

    I have said it before and I will say it again I have never seen C-F so dead as it has been the last 2 games with a lot still at stake. Close calls or not, the fans are speaking pretty loudly and the students are screaming at the top of their lungs.


    unc should not be a measuring stick.



    unc should not be a measuring stick.


    Even if it is, it won’t matter.


    Looks like Strong got the axe.


    Yes. That would T classic nc state..to assume Strong’s success at Louisville in a hemorrhaging conference would transfer to nc state. Heck, when he had advantages at tejas he couldn’t equal his older predecessor. Sound familiar?


    Yup. Do not want.


    So much for a good outing by the basketball team. Blasted by Creighton, not much defense vs the 3s, and Anya has to be the laziest basketball player there ever was. All that wing span, and height, and plays pathetically. But then we were missing some key elements to our offense.


    Back on track vs. St Joes. Now to get back home, and get Rowan, and Kapita back on the court. Basketball should turn out much better than the enduring football season.

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