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Doeren putting Wolpfack pieces in place

Doeren putting Wolpfack pieces in place

North Carolina State football is back on the practice field for spring drills with a primary need of finding a quarterback, but the Wolfpack have more overall pieces in place than last year’s disappointing 7-6 record suggests.The 2015 schedule, with a soft 4-0 start, concluded...

NC State ranks among ACC baseball elite

NC State ranks among ACC baseball elite

RALEIGH, N.C. – On a sunny, 64-degree afternoon in late February, North Carolina State played college baseball on its Raleigh campus in conditions befitting warmer ACC campuses at Miami and Florida State.N.C. State may not be able to keep up with the number of sunny...

Precedent and irony surround Michigan spring practices

Precedent and irony surround Michigan spring practices

SEC and ACC football coaches who are howling over Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh’s upcoming spring football practices in Florida should be reminded there is precedent for a Big Ten school traveling to the South to enhance recruiting.The difference between now and then is when...

Saban needs many more years before he can surpass Bryant

Saban needs many more years before he can surpass Bryant

The eminently quotable Bum Phillips, a Paul “Bear” Bryant disciple prior to his own legend as an NFL head coach, once described his old boss’ coaching prowess this way in his familiar Texas drawl:“He can take his’n and beat your’n and take your’n and beat his’n.” ... Click...

NCAA black clouds lifting from North Carolina

NCAA black clouds lifting from North Carolina

North Carolina Coach Larry Fedora offered more than the usual sunshine every college football coach delivers on National Signing Day. He pointed to shining 4-star recruits who are clearing the NCAA’s long-hovering black clouds.Fedora, whose has been handicapped by NCAA sanctions...

North Carolina and NC State looking for their Lennie Rosenbluth

North Carolina and NC State looking for their Lennie Rosenbluth

Larry Fedora is five years into rebuilding North Carolina and Dave Doeren four into his effort at N.C. State, but the state’s top high school talent still leave home to cross the border for more nationally prominent programs.The perception problem hasn’t changed much from 2012,...

Georgia Tech can bounce back from losing season

Georgia Tech can bounce back from losing season

Anybody writing a story analyzing a team’s 2016 schedule starts with how many opponents were ranked in the Top 25 and played in bowl games.But any such story about a school with Georgia Tech on its schedule includes the qualifier that the Yellow Jackets’ 3-9 overall record and...

North Carolina and NC State step back in recruiting

North Carolina and NC State step back in recruiting

It’s easy to judge the best recruiting class in the ACC with scouting services devoted to the year-round task of rating players as our guide. Florida State claims the top spot according to all three major services, with 247sports.com ranking the Seminoles No. 2,...

Early commitments began with JoePa and Penn State

Early commitments began with JoePa and Penn State

The glossary needed to define the wild, wild world of college football recruiting continues to evolve and expand.I started thinking about this when I read that Michigan State 4-star defensive tackle recruit Naquan Jones of Evanston (Ill.) Township “re-committed” to the Spartans...

Narduzzi established footprint for Pitt future

Narduzzi established footprint for Pitt future

Pitt football finished 8-5 and out of the Top 25 rankings.The Panthers didn’t earn even one vote among “others” in the AP or USA Today polls. Schools such as Western Kentucky, Washington State, Toledo, Appalachian State, Temple and Georgia Southern gained votes to make the list....