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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...

Dennis Smith still gaining his college legs

Dennis Smith still gaining his college legs

North Carolina State fans waited the past year for the debut of freshman point guard Dennis Smith Jr., a player projected as high as the first pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.They’ll have to wait at least a couple more days to see what Smith really has to offer the program. He was...

NC State lost more than one game at Death Valley

NC State lost more than one game at Death Valley

  Clemson likes to call Memorial Stadium “Death Valley,” but it’s having a double-meaning for North Carolina State in 2016. The Wolfpack may have lost more than a game two weeks ago at Death Valley. It may have lost a season. Sometimes a team never recovers emotionally...

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...

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

Soccer growth fails to translate to football

Soccer growth fails to translate to football

I’m looking at the usyouthsoccer.org website. It says 3,055,148 youths in the U.S. played soccer, based on 2014 statistics. Of that total, 72,999 were in North Carolina. The gender breakdown is tilted to males, but it’s basically 50-50.With those numbers kicking balls...

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...

ACC football story lines to follow this weekend

ACC football story lines to follow this weekend

The closer Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson advances to settling on one quarterback, the more he is pulled back into playing two quarterbacks.A quarterback controversy is a coach’s biggest headache, and Wake Forest isn’t clear of one yet. It helps that the Deacons are 4-0 and...

East Carolina hands NC State big loss

East Carolina hands NC State big loss

Any East Carolina victory against North Carolina State is titanic for the Pirates. They again proved themselves shipworthy with a 33-30 victory Saturday before a sellout crowd of 50,719 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.Of all the losses ACC member N.C. State has suffered to its neighbor...