NC State starting to play to its potential
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NC State starting to play to its potential

Dennis Smith and Omer Yurtseven are lifting Wolfpack

Photo: Dennis Smith Jr

North Carolina State sometimes looks like a team that can beat anybody in the ACC. But the Wolfpack also can get beaten by any team in the conference as it seeks consistency.

N.C. State routed No. 21-ranked Virginia Tech 104-78 behind a triple double from Dennis Smith (27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) on Wednesday night at PNC Arena. The dominating performance was just four days after it lost by 22 points at Miami



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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 Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com 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."