The Saturday Night Massacre in Raleigh ended, Tigers 55 - Wolfpack 10! NC State stands at 4-5 and now has three games to salvage two wins to earn a bowl game.

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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    14th November 2019, 17:45
    Three players who offer great distinction in qualities. There are three main positions in basketball, and Keatts got one player each for those three positions. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    14th November 2019, 12:39
    Understand that Johnson is still not 100%, DJ has not even practiced with the starters since being suspended. This game was a combination of MJ not being healthy, players being out of sync due to not practicing together, and BB having an off night. And FIU will be an NCAA team and a team that none of the big boys want to see round one.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    14th November 2019, 12:30
    All three of State's bball commits signed their LOI's yesterday/ today. Hayes is the star of the class. A 6'2" PG he can be special in Keatts system, IMO. Dowunoa is a 6'10" Center who is a good rebounder and rim protector. Farrar is a 6'7" PF who will be a versatile player in Keatts system. Farrar IMO is the most underrated player in the class. He had offers from over 25 programs but somehow was only a 3 star prospect.
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  • Matt Nicholson's Avatar
    14th November 2019, 11:05
    I'm pushing the panic button. We're in trouble.
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    14th November 2019, 10:17
    FIU gave Miss State a similar fight losing by 9. They are coming off a 20 win season last year and they are very athletic. Yes we shot horribly but it was our1rst game against a pressing team. I agree there is a lot of work to do but way to soon to say we are "in trouble" IMO.
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  • Matt Nicholson's Avatar
    14th November 2019, 07:44
    We're in trouble. We've got to get a whole lot better to even be an NIT team.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    14th November 2019, 06:13
    FIU is a high energy, full court press defensive oriented team. And for NC State, they played a very sloppy game, especially in the first half. The Pack won by nine points, 86-77, with the turning point coming with nine minutes left in the game, where Markell Johnson seemed to morph back into the Markell Johnson we remember, and took over the game. The sloppy play seemed to try the patience of Kevin Keatts, as a very poor decision by Pat Andree to attempt a full court outlet pass sailed far beyond anyone on the court and out of bounds under the opposite goal. Keatts quickly yanked Andree from the game. Then, a few minutes later, Braxton Beverly was leading a fast break and attempted a behind the back bounce pass that badly missed the mark and took two hops to Kevin Keatts' feet. Beverly likewise got yanked, and the look Keatts gave him could have bored a hole through titanium! Other big news in the game is that DJ Funderburk returned to action, coming off the bench. So, the Pack is finally at full strength. Funderburk tallied 11 points and seven rebounds. This helped the Wolfpack earn a 38 to 31 rebound advantage in the game. For the game, NC State had remarkably balanced scoring, with six players scoring in double figures, led by CJ Bryce with 16, most in the second half to also help key the Pack's victory margin. Ken
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  • Matt Nicholson's Avatar
    13th November 2019, 09:53
    Eh. I remember when ASU came to town with Eddie House and Tennessee came with Allan Houston. 2 certifiable NBA-level players, and GOOD ones. We beat the heck out of both of them, with unremarkable teams. I'm more concerned about being outrebounded, again, by lesser team. And shooting sub-35% from 3 with guys we specifically recruited to shoot the 3. None of that gives me a peaceful easy feeling about the season. But, at least we aren't Kentucky.
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  • Matt Nicholson's Avatar
    13th November 2019, 09:50
    Matt Nicholson replied to a thread Louisville in Football
    We can go 3-0 or 0-3 the rest of the way. Based on the sheer number of injuries, I'd guess 0-3 is more likely.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    11th November 2019, 18:15
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Louisville in Football
    As Doeren said to the team after the Clemson game, " ... we have three games to earn a bowl spot and that's what we're playing for." There is an opportunity for a young team to prove itself. Be nice to see it happen! Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    11th November 2019, 18:12
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Clemson in Football
    No, I agree with you -- no need to be heard out -- at least from my standpoint. Look, Clemson's roster is loaded and they have avoided injuries. Our defense roster that started the season is about 45% out for injury. As I wrote, we only had one hope -- for Clemson to look past us, and the CFP poll made sure that wasn't going to happen. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    11th November 2019, 18:00
    Matt, Detroit Mercy doesn't have the same depth, but they have a guard on their squad that most people expect to see playing in the NBA. They are not a standard cupcake. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    11th November 2019, 14:36
    Derreck replied to a thread Clemson in Football
    After the game I am somewhat encouraged... Now hear me out. Offense/ Special teams put the Defense in some bad spots w/ 3 possessions starting inside the 23 yard line. Aside from that, the young bucks competed and seemed to settle down after the first quarter. There were break downs and such, but they got after it. Knight is special. 12 Carries for 139 yards and 1 TD. Despite the poor offensive performance, Knight was a bright spot. After Clemson was ranked 5th in the first playoff ranking, they were going to take it out against whoever the played. It just happened to be us. But Our young guys are talented and it showed in flashes Saturday.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    11th November 2019, 14:18
    Derreck started a thread Louisville in Football
    Pack opens up as a 3.5 point dawg.
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  • Matt Nicholson's Avatar
    11th November 2019, 09:25
    Wasn't on TV in my area. All I have is recap and box score to go on. Shooting was kinda "meh". If we can't shoot 50% against Detroit Lord Have Mercy, who are we going to shoot 50% against? Great to see Bev have an awesome game.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    10th November 2019, 20:25
    The Pack recovered to beat Detroit Mercy 84-65, and having Markell Johnson back in the lineup was a huge help. However, the player of the game was without question Braxton Beverly, who shot a career high 23 points, aided by 6-8 from the three line. https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/recap?gameId=401168613 While Johnson struggled shooting, he dished out ten assists and grabbed seven rebounds. The major influence he had was steady running of the offense and freeing up Beverly to do what he does best. The team just looked sharper in all facets of the game with Johnson back on the court. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    10th November 2019, 07:56
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Clemson in Football
    Alas, there was no divine intervention. As the quote reads above the entrance to the Nellis AFB Red Flag briefing room: Red Flag is he Air Force's ultimate aerial combat war game, where we flew against captured enemy equipment, and trained in the most realistic manner to hone the edge. Clemson was a far better honed weapon Saturday night than was NC State. We are not a good football team, and honestly, my personal betting line right now is that we end the season with five wins only, eking out a road victory at Georgia Tech to end the winning side of this season's ledger. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    9th November 2019, 06:51
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Clemson in Football
    Well, it's game day, or actually game night. It's broadcast nationally on ABC at 19:30 eastern. Any thoughts that Clemson will lack motivation in this game is dispelled by the reality that the initial CFP poll relegated the undefeated Tigers to #5, just barely outside looking in at the big dance! On paper, there is no comparison between NC State and Clemson, not this year. The hope we had was to play out of our minds, and have Clemson look past a trap road game as it looks ahead to play it's second nationally ranked team at home (#19 Wake Forest). Had Clemson come into this game in the top four, that might have happened. But, they're angry now, and wanting little more than to send a loud message to the polling groups that they deserve to be in the mix. We have an opportunity to be that message. Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    8th November 2019, 18:15
    When we get Funderburk back we have 10 scholarship players available. Although Keatts may play all 10 in a game 7-8 usually get the bulk of the minutes. Maybe a little thin without Seabron but far from depleted.
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  • Matt Nicholson's Avatar
    8th November 2019, 07:30
    Seabron done. Academic redshirt. Depth is depleted. Not good at all.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    7th November 2019, 06:20
    Derreck replied to a thread Clemson in Football
    I am reminded of a line from the movie "Little Giants." "Giants, Giants" "Help us God" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR_UnSLQXz4
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    6th November 2019, 19:50
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread GT in Men's Basketball
    Their two space eaters made all the difference in this game. They just combined to block nearly every shot made from the paint. We beat their guards and small forward like rented mules all night, but it didn't matter because of the blocked shots and influenced shots. It was truly a game effort by a terribly depleted roster. But, ultimately, it still goes in the books as a conference loss to start the season. I hope that Funderburk learned a powerful lesson last night! His absence made a lot of difference to the final outcome. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    6th November 2019, 19:47
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Clemson in Football
    I'm almost scared to look! Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    6th November 2019, 07:00
    Derreck started a thread Clemson in Football
    Well, its Clemson. Here is hoping to a better showing...
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    6th November 2019, 05:45
    Derreck replied to a thread GT in Men's Basketball
    Wound up being too much... I made my post before I saw MJ was not playing... We played well overall, IMO. GT started off in a zone and we shot them out of it pretty quick. Once the adjusted we struggled at times because we do not have a player outside of MJ who can take his man off the dribble.
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    5th November 2019, 19:17
    LSmith replied to a thread GT in Men's Basketball
    Markel not dressed tonight. Not good!!
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    5th November 2019, 10:06
    Derreck replied to a thread GT in Men's Basketball
    The injuries are a concern. However, GT lost to Bama 93-65. We should still win but I am nervous.
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    4th November 2019, 15:27
    LSmith started a thread GT in Men's Basketball
    Lets get it on!! 8:30 tomorrow evening in our house. Looks like we will be a little short handed for the opener as Dereon Seabron and Jerricole Hellems from what I have read are listed as "doubtful" because of injuries. DJ Funderburk is out because of suspension. Beverly and Danny Dixon sat out the 2nd have of the exhibition game because of injury but are both listed as "probable" for tomorrow night.
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    2nd November 2019, 20:02
    LSmith replied to a thread @ Wake in Football
    I have not seen anything remotely prolific with the co-offensive coordinator experiment dating back to the bowl game last season after Coach Drink left for App when Finley whom will be starting in the NFL tomorrow looked as confused as a fat eskimo chick in a string bikini shop. Finley only threw for 139 yards that game.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    2nd November 2019, 18:01
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ Wake in Football
    Yeah, our last two games went 45-24 at Boston College, followed by 44-10 at Wake Forest. The scary part is that we host #4 ranked Clemson next Saturday! My purely objective eye tells me that the only team left on our schedule that we should be favored to beat is Georgia Tech, who stands at 2-5 (1-3 ACC), and we play them in Atlanta, so it won't be a gimme by any means. Our sole ACC win of the year was at home against Syracuse, the only team in the ACC without a conference victory (0-5)! Our other remaining opponents are at home versus Clemson, Louisville, and UNC. Frankly, I doubt we go into any of those game favored to win. My view is that this team is tittering on the edge of losing its way, and they need a shot of confidence soon to avoid sliding off the cliff. The Wake score easily could have been uglier, but Wake chose to not run up the score. There was no scoring in the fourth quarter, and it wasn't because Wake forgot how! As it was, NC State failed to dent the scoreboard in the first, third, and fourth quarters of the game. The one intriguing aspect of this game was to see how Devin Leary performed and truthfully, it wasn't good. He went 17-45 for 149 yards, with two interceptions and one TD pass! His QBR was a miserable 64.0. If his father truly is of the opinion that his son is ready to become the second coming of Phillip Rivers, then dear old dad needs a reality check in the worst way! Right now, the only positive spin one can put on this is that our defense is decimated by injuries to the original starting lineup, and starting a bucket load of freshmen gains them valuable experience, provided their confidence isn't crushed through defeat after defeat. As I wrote before, the coaching staff has a very keen challenge ahead for them. We are far closer to the doormat position in the Atlantic Division and the conference than we are the pinnacle spot. And all of the teams remaining either have demonstrably better records, or equivalent records! Ken
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  • Matt Nicholson's Avatar
    2nd November 2019, 15:47
    Matt Nicholson replied to a thread @ Wake in Football
    We are terrible. We don't have a QB. And I'm not sure little Finley is going to rescue us. He's been destroyed the last 3 or 4 weeks. He lost his last 5 games, and in 3 of them was outscored a combined 140-0. Which could mean we don't have our QB yet. And may not for another 3 or 4 years. This is very bad.
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  • Mad Gene Vane's Avatar
    2nd November 2019, 15:37
    Mad Gene Vane replied to a thread @ Wake in Football
    Just glad I turned it off after the first quarter. Going to be a very, very long year.
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    2nd November 2019, 14:55
    LSmith replied to a thread @ Wake in Football
    Just left this game. At Twin Peaks in Winston Salem right now. Will wait until I sober up a bit to give my honest feedback about this game but big congrats to Dave Clawson and Wake. Really should be 8-0 if not for a bad call against L-Ville. Very classy fan base as I sat in the middle of several Deacon Club members today with my red and white on. Clawson is laying a blue print on how to build a football program like he has done everthere he has been and it starts with out hitting and out hustling your opponent like they did us today.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    2nd November 2019, 11:43
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ Wake in Football
    Wow! We just are not in the same class as Wake Forest this season! 21-0 with 3:32 left in the first quarter, and all we've done with the ball is turn it over twice! Leary made the freshman mistake in failing to recognize the deep corner defending a post route, and threw into double coverage for a pick. Our defense simply cannot stop Wake, who's scored three TD's on three possessions. This isn't the same defense we started the year with. Instead, it's the reserves earning on-the-job training! The coaching staff has a huge challenge now before them. They have to keep these young players motivated to improve. If they can do that, then this can be a building season. But, two years back-to-back nine win seasons, and losing much of that talent, means this team isn't going to have a special year. They may well earn six wins, perhaps seven, and earn a bowl game. But, I think that's the upper ceiling for this team this year. We could easily see this Wake game at 35-0 at half, and I shudder to think what next week hosting Clemson might look like! Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    2nd November 2019, 08:57
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ Wake in Football
    https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/27951465/nc-state-turning-redshirt-freshman-qb-devin-leary-wake-forest I remember well the breakout performance of Russell Wilson in 2008. A good quarterback can make all the difference, and I've never seen another case where a single player band-aided a wealth of team weaknesses in the way that Wilson did. He kept plays alive that should have died early, and frequently turned that extra time into long gains on situations where normally a defense would win the series. In many ways, there are similarities between this season and 2008 when Wilson made his start at Clemson. Prior to that point, Daniel Evans started the first game for the Pack, a horrible 34-0 shelling at South Carolina, in which Evans was injured. The second game was started by Harrison Beck, a faltering effort in a surprisingly tight 34-24 game at home versus William and Mary. Wilson could not lead the Pack to a win the next week at Clemson, but in his second start, he guided the Pack to a home overtime victory against then nationally #15 East Carolina. The Pack squeaked out six wins to earn a bowl game against Rutgers. This is the opportunity for Leary to show the world what he can do. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    31st October 2019, 10:13
    12.5% of the starting QB's in the NFL are from QBU, NC State!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    30th October 2019, 17:54
    Oh man! I sure did! I certainly wasn't trying to freeze Russell out. So yeah, it's four starting QB's -- which is truly amazing. And honestly, three of those starters are either well established with their teams (Wilson and Rivers), or heading in that direction with vigor (Bissett). Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    30th October 2019, 17:25
    LSmith replied to a thread 2020 Recruiting Class in Football
    Now Adorno has switched to the holes. 2nd Pack commit to do so within 2 weeks. Basically a verbal commitment is useless.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    30th October 2019, 06:04
    You missed one, Wilson (Seahawks)
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    29th October 2019, 18:51
    Ryan Finley was named the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, benching Andy Dalton. The Bengals plan to give Finley the opportunity to earn the starting slot going forward, as Dalton is likely to be non-tendered heading into free agency next year. There are now three NC State alumni starting for NFL teams: Phillip Rivers (Chargers): Having another great season, but carrying a team with a bad offensive line. Jacoby Brissett (Colts): Took over before the season started when Andrew Luck retired, and has performed at a high level. Finley (Bengals)
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    29th October 2019, 14:05
    Goodbye amateur athletics, alas we knew ye well! For generations, you provided an honored path for students in colleges and universities to combine sports with the academic environment. This allowed students a brief diversion from studies. Then, radio and print media turned this into a regional interest. Things rolled along, and television then turned college sports into a national focus. Agents threatened you, but still you pressed on, clinging to the idea that collegiate athletics were not professional enterprises, even as coaches started earning more annual compensation than state governors, or any other group of people on campus! Today, your formal end was announced, as the NCAA bowed to the California pressure. Now, it seems sure that select collegiate athletes can soon sign endorsement deals to sell their names and likenesses on merchandise of all types. All collegiate athletes need not apply, as only a few will find interest. All are welcome to witness the professionalism of collegiate sports in all its mercenarial splendor, including those many of whom no one will be interested in making money from.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    28th October 2019, 22:47
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ Wake in Football
    That's expected good news. Time to see what the kid can do. Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    28th October 2019, 22:11
    LSmith replied to a thread @ Wake in Football
    Devin Leary has officially been named the started for the Wake game.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    28th October 2019, 01:17
    As many of you know, I was able to serve many years as part of US special forces, primarily in the missions that went after terrorists. I retired from the mission in 2015. This Saturday, a highly successful mission was carried out that killed the ISIS senior commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. This is a column I wrote that discussed the mission, and the rise and fall of ISIS, particularly Abu Bakr. http://www.kenstallings.com/Columns/See%20You%20in%20New%20York%20--%20NOT!.htm Ken
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  • Mad Gene Vane's Avatar
    26th October 2019, 09:57
    Mad Gene Vane replied to a thread @ BC in Football
    I remember, when Jay Davis was the QB and the coaches always said he looked great in practice, but could never translate it to game day. Just need a couple of more wins to be bowl eligible, which is doable.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    26th October 2019, 00:06
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ Wake in Football
    Well, it's an opportunity for redemption and a game that NC State needs to win if an eight win season is in their future. However, winning road games against top 25 ranked teams is never easy and Wake earned their way to the national listings. Game time is noon and broadcast on ESPN. Wake is given a 73% chance of winning the game. For my money, the most intriguing part of the game will be to see if freshman Devin Leary starts the game (as I expect he will), and if so, how he performs holding the reins from the start. This could end up being one of those career-defining breakout performances, where Leary tears the doors off their hinges and proclaims his presence to the world. For the record, I will be most disappointed if Leary does not get the start. His performance in waking up a moribund offense in the BC game was, in my mind at least, a clinching decision point. He earned a QBR of 141.4 in limited play against a defense that up to that point had stymied the Wolfpack offense. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    25th October 2019, 23:52
    Wolfpack alumni Caleb and Cody Martin hooked up with the Charlotte Hornets and earned significant minutes in their game Friday night against the Timberwolves. True that they did transfer to Nevada-Reno, but they played significantly for the Wolfpack to start their collegiate careers. Both were signed to free agent contracts, and became just the fourth pair of twin brothers to play together for the same NBA team. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    22nd October 2019, 06:03
    Derreck replied to a thread @ BC in Football
    Who said I was not ashamed of the performance by the team? But I do understand things happen. It is what is referred to as "quick sand" and it happens. And the coaches I mentioned have all suffered blowout losses in their careers as well. Toughness is also how you respond to a game like this so I am curious how we come out against WF after the bye week. On the offensive line, we are starting one true freshman, sophomore, and rotating 3 freshman and a sophomore. We are going to take our lumps there. Having Witt out really hurts. The defensive line was what was disappointing but we are still playing a lot of youth there as well with 5 sophomore or freshman on the 2 deep.
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    21st October 2019, 20:09
    LSmith replied to a thread 2020 Recruiting Class in Football
    Unfortunately it looks like my sources was right. https://www.tarheelblog.com/2019/10/21/20925883/unc-football-wr-stephen-gosnell-flips-from-nc-state-to-unc-tar-heels-wolfpack-recruiting-mack-brown
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    21st October 2019, 17:43
    LSmith replied to a thread 2020 Recruiting Class in Football
    I am hearing from some reliable sources around the East Surry football program that Gosnell is planning to de-commit and sign with UNC. There is not an official offer from UNC but they are saying UNC coaches have been talking to him. Stephen has 2 teammates who signed with UNC, Jefferson Boaz a 6-6 QB who will play TE at UNC, and WR Landon Stevens who signed as a preferred walk on. I hope these sources are wrong but it is concerning that Mack Brown already has a top 20 class signed for 2020 in his 1rst year back. It is my understanding that we have already offered Gosnell's younger brother Benji who is a sophomore at East Surry.
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