NC State is a team to watch in the ACC Atlantic
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NC State is a team to watch in the ACC Atlantic

Don't forget about the Wolfpack with 3-0 start

Photo: NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett is a playmaker.

North Carolina State started the season flying under the radar, but the Wolfpack’s 3-0 record is gradually lighting blips on the screen.

The recognition is slow to spread due to the soft schedule the Wolfpack have played – defeating Troy 49-21, Eastern Kentucky 35-0 and Old Dominion 38-14. But NC State coach Dave Doeren dismissed second-guessing a schedule drawn up with the expectation this would be a young team needing a chance to mature in his third season of rebuilding the program

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."