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Wolfpack open spring drills with two views forward

Wolfpack open spring drills with two views forward

North Carolina State opened spring drills Tuesday, looking ahead to the 2017 season from differing 2016 vantage points split as wide as Death Valley – as in the popular moniker for Memorial Stadium at Clemson.An optimistic view is based on the Wolfpack nearly beating Clemson on...

NC State program still trying to rise to major bowl

NC State program still trying to rise to major bowl

If you want to know why North Carolina State’s Independence Bowl berth this year fits in with past second-tier bowls such as PapaJohns, Meineke Car Care and MicronPC — without the Wolfpack ever playing in a major bowl — blame Everett Case.The late Wolfpack basketball coach was...

McCartney patron saint of Doeren and others

McCartney patron saint of Doeren and others

College football’s netherworld includes a graveyard for coaches fired after a short tenure. They started digging a hole this week for Charlie Strong, who apparently is about to be canned after only three years at Texas.Outside the gates of that netherworld stands a statue of...

NC State lost more than one game at Death Valley

NC State lost more than one game at Death Valley

North Carolina State seems to have added to the gravestones at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium, a place that is known as “Death Valley.” The Wolfpack’s loss there two weeks ago appears to be a lost game followed by a lost season.Sometimes a team never recovers emotionally from a loss....

Louisville finds consistency NC State lacking

Louisville finds consistency NC State lacking

The past month of ACC football includes Louisville losing a game at Clemson it could have won, Clemson surviving North Carolina State in a contest it should have lost, and Louisville embarrassing N.C. State 54-13.Go figure. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U story

NC State adds to ACC reputation despite loss

NC State adds to ACC reputation despite loss

North Carolina State’s win over Notre Dame last week was a program victory. This week the Wolfpack nearly upset Clemson.This time was bigger, even though N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren’s team lost 24-17 in overtime to the No. 3 Tigers. That sounds sacrilegious to the football...

Notre Dame opportunity for NC State

Notre Dame opportunity for NC State

Back in July at the ACC media days, North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren made note of his team’s tough schedule.“There are six preseason teams in the top 25 in the ACC,” he said, including partial member Notre Dame in that count. “We’re the only team that plays all six. We have...

East Carolina hands NC State big loss

East Carolina hands NC State big loss

Any East Carolina victory against North Carolina State is titanic for the Pirates. They again proved themselves shipworthy with a 33-30 victory Saturday before a sellout crowd of 50,719 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.Of all the losses ACC member N.C. State has suffered to its neighbor...

Doeren understands playing with chip on shoulder

Doeren understands playing with chip on shoulder

Dave Doeren spent two successful seasons at Mid-American Conference member Northern Illinois in the shadow of the Big Ten. It’s easy for North Carolina State’s head coach to understand why East Carolina plays so well against ACC teams.“Anytime you have a situation where there are...

East Carolina and NC State transfer QBs meet

East Carolina and NC State transfer QBs meet

College football now exists in an era of free agency, especially for quarterbacks. QBs sign on with new schools — not for money, but in search of playing time.One theory so many head coaches waited until the last minute to name a starting quarterback for their openers – Alabama’s...