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Duke takes advantage of second Pack game

Duke takes advantage of second Pack game

DURHAM – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski still says 20 conference games is two too many, but the increase this season from 18 was necessary to accommodate ESPN launching the ACC Network. His players, though, disagree. They are happy with the expansion, especially with what happened...

NC State proves Duke can lose to many teams

NC State proves Duke can lose to many teams

By Tom Shanahan Special to the TimesRALEIGH — The last two times Duke won national championships in 2010 and 2015, the Blue Devils’ regular season included a double-digit loss at N.C. State’s arena. The Wolfpack won 88-74 in 2010 and 87-75 in 2015.With N.C. State posting a...

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Tom Izzo’s opinion that he needed a second NCAA title to “validate” his career sparked myriad responses. Mostly, the Michigan State basketball coach's innermost thoughts were met with rebuttals he has already proven himself. Let me tell you a story from the Heart of Tobacco...

Dennis Smith con opened door to Keatts

Dennis Smith con opened door to Keatts

Not since the disgraced Reggie “Kardashian” Bush, the only Heisman Trophy winner stripped of the award, and the shamed Marion “BALCO” Jones, forced to return Olympic track medals, have I felt so conned by a high school athlete. Dennis “Shoe Money” Smith Jr. earned his way into...

Bryce landed at NC State with luck and skill

Bryce landed at NC State with luck and skill

CHARLOTTE -- N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts grinned a cunning smile when asked if C.J. Bryce, an All-Colonial Athletic Association first-team pick for him at UNC-Wilmington, was an overlooked ACC player coming out of high school or one that has blossomed.Keatts, seated at a table...

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...

Levelle Moton worthy of NC State consideration

Levelle Moton worthy of NC State consideration

North Carolina State alumnus Archie Miller and Kevin Keatts at UNC-Wilmington are two leading candidates for the Wolfpack’s vacant job to replace fired basketball coach Mark Gottfried.Both men seem like ideal fits, but another coach with strong North Carolina ties shouldn’t be...

Keatts ready to hit state recruiting trail

Keatts ready to hit state recruiting trail

UNC-Wilmington’s Chris Flemmings is a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association pick that grew up in North Carolina State’s backyard, although he was lightly recruited at Green Hope High in Raleigh’s suburban Cary.Not bad for a fifth-year senior that has developed into a nice...

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...