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Keys to watching NC State and Notre Dame

Keys to watching NC State and Notre Dame

Here are five keys to watch as No. 14 North Carolina State (6-1) travels to face the No. 9-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1) at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday in South Bend.Following through: Earlier in the week, Notre Dame football posted...

Bradley Chubb tuned out those in his ear

Bradley Chubb tuned out those in his ear

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In this era of college athletes taking the money and running to early NFL draft entry, Bradley Chubb’s high school football injury seemed to draw a defined outline for him to leave North Carolina State early. He could paint dollar signs by...

Swofford says ACC is ready when Irish ready

Swofford says ACC is ready when Irish ready

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Think of Notre Dame’s relationship with the Atlantic Coast Conference as a lengthy engagement rather than a marriage.The Irish are entering their fourth year of a unique arrangement that allows them to stubbornly remain a conference independent. Notre Dame plays...

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...