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Clemson thinks it can still win with Brownell

Clemson thinks it can still win with Brownell

In a 24-hour period earlier this week, a vast difference in handling basketball coaches emerged between North Carolina State and Clemson.On Sunday, N.C. State introduced Kevin Keatts as the Wolfpack’s new basketball coach. He replaced Mark Gottfried, who was fired despite having...

Keatts right fit at right time for Wolfpack

Keatts right fit at right time for Wolfpack

College football coaching legend Bear Bryant long ago explained why he left behind success at Texas A&M and returned to Alabama once his alma mater had fallen on hard times. It’s a old quote that relates to North Carolina State naming Kevin Keatts on Friday as its new...

Sun will have to rise elsewhere for Gottfried

Sun will have to rise elsewhere for Gottfried

The dismal end for North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried was a lethargic 75-61 loss to Clemson on Tuesday in the ACC Tournament’s first round. The fired coach walked off the court in Brooklyn with players guilty of lacking fire.How could it end this way for a coach with a...

Miller not only good fit for Wolfpack

Miller not only good fit for Wolfpack

A few years ago the basketball job opened at Oklahoma State, the alma mater of Kansas coach Bill Self. He was immediately a prime candidate. Just as quickly he said he was not interested in leaving Allen Fieldhouse.Only the heartstrings of an alma mater could suggest the prospect...

NC State unable to change culture of program

NC State unable to change culture of program

If Phil Jackson were around Raleigh these days, he’d have posted a Twitter message that read, “you don’t change the spot on a leopard.”North Carolina State’s 88-58 humiliation at Wake Forest on Saturday has confirmed this is all but a lost season. The Wolfpack dropped to 14-12...

NC State ponders wrongly to foul or not to foul

NC State ponders wrongly to foul or not to foul

North Carolina State basketball coach Mark Gottfried apparently missed the Arizona-Stanford game on ESPN with Bill Walton aired on Jan. 29, 2014. That’s understandable since his own team made the NCAA Tournament that year.Had Gottfried been watching, he would have learned a...

Wolfpack needs Yurtseven consistency

Wolfpack needs Yurtseven consistency

Omer Yurtseven’s up-and-down play tipped downward again on the seesaw that has been North Carolina State’s season.That’s not the only reason the boom-or-bust Wolfpack dropped a contest that can damage its final RPI for an NCAA Tournament bid. However, Yurtseven’s production is a...

North Carolina State starting new season

North Carolina State starting new season

North Carolina State’s record is listed at 8-2 following a 97-64 victory over Appalachian State Thursday night at PNC Arena. Actually, the Wolfpack is 1-0.N.C. State essentially started its season with the App State victory. It was the first time this year the Wolfpack had its...

Gottfried believes Dennis Smith best guard in nation

Gottfried believes Dennis Smith best guard in nation

Six years ago at the start of the 2010-’11 season, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski declared unequivocally that Kyrie Irving was his starting point guard. He considered him one of the best players in the nation.Irving didn’t disappoint. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U...

NBA should have celebrated Dunn and Valentine

NBA should have celebrated Dunn and Valentine

If I was NBA commissioner for day – more specifically on NBA draft day – once Kris Dunn was selected as the fifth pick overall of Thursday’s extravaganza-styled Oscars show I would have added to the script.Soon after the Providence guard’s walk onto stage to shake the...