In the most shocking development in NCAA history, the 2020 basketball tournaments (men and women) are cancelled. In addition, the ACC has suspended all sports operations, including practices, games, and even recruiting events.

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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    10th July 2020, 06:31
    Ken Stallings started a thread Notre Dame in Other Schools
    The Big-10 made it official, adopting a conference only football schedule for the 2020 season. This includes cancellation of the scheduled match up between Wisconsin and Notre Dame. https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/29436126/big-ten-goes-conference-only-means-next-notre-dame Whether the other Power-5 conference join in remains to be seen. There is an intense peer pressure at work in collegiate circles, and it wouldn't surprise anyone to see all four other conferences join in. Ultimately, the SEC could be frozen out if all the other Power-5 conferences decide to opt out. Notre Dame is the most acutely impacted school. They wanted to retain the money from their exclusive TV contract with NBC, as well as 100% of their bowl contract (unless they take an ACC bid). That is why they joined the ACC in all but football. Now, having certainly lost one game, and possibly lose two with the Pac-12, Notre Dame's schedule may be in crises. I would personally love to see the ACC fill in Notre Dame's football schedule with a full slate of ACC games, but only with the condition that Notre Dame fully join the conference. This might be the unique opportunity to press that correction. On the other hand, Notre Dame might just decide to dip into their over billion dollar endowment and cancel football and preserve their football independence, regardless of cost.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    9th July 2020, 17:36
    Duke University is likely going to be wrapped up in the same ongoing NCAA investigation into sports agents, the AAU, and illegal payments made to recruits. https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/29436088/court-filing-accuses-zion-willamson-stepfather-taking-400k-payment Zion Williams has reportedly accepted through his stepfather, a $400,000 payment made by a marketing agent. This payment was allegedly accepted a year before he enrolled at Duke University. Williams' attorney has an interesting defense strategy, arguing that all of the documents are forgeries, with forged signatures by Williams and others. The lawsuit that was filed is a tort claim, seeking to void another marketing contract that Williams signed after he left Duke and entered the NBA. My view of all this is to just have people bypass the collegiate sports route entirely unless they really want to play as a scholar-athlete, meaning amateur. Elimination of the one-and-done NBA rule would facilitate this. The NBA can control all of this by either stepping up and requiring three years of collegiate experience before being draft eligible, or allowing kids to directly enter the NBA draft out of high school. The NBA doesn't wish to do the later because of how many times teams got burned drafting high school kids who's achievements never lived up to their projections. Greed is the root cause of all of this.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    9th July 2020, 11:19
    DY let her coaches dictate the schedule. So the scheduling you see is a reflection of the coaches philosophy. Dont forget we are scheduled to play Mississippi St this year which was scheduled under Yow. CDD believed in getting the wins early on to build the reputation and get established. Now that he feels a bit more established we will see more OOC games like this.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    9th July 2020, 11:15
    Derreck replied to a thread Will sports return? in Other Schools
    https://theacc.com/news/2020/7/9/general-acc-fall-olympic-sports-to-delay-competition-until-at-least-september-1.aspx ACC Fall Olympic Sports to Delay Competition Until at Least September 1
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    9th July 2020, 09:05
    One of the few things I disagreed with Debbie Yow about. You don't get better by scheduling weak opposition. I like these sort of match up's much more. They also help improve your recruiting efforts. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    9th July 2020, 08:59
    https://www.wralsportsfan.com/nc-state-florida-to-meet-in-football-series/19181299/
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    9th July 2020, 07:56
    Derreck replied to a thread Will sports return? in Other Schools
    Ivy league does not play FCS football so canceling football season dosent hurt them. I am not saying it wont happen, I just think we will see football in some form this fall. I think you will see non-conference games canceled which will allow the start of the season to be pushed back to the end September.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    9th July 2020, 07:08
    I hope you are correct. But, one conference already decided. Again, I hope that doesn't lead to a followed path. I really hope the NCAA uses its considerable influence to press the Ivy League to reverse itself. They made this decision way too soon and in the absence of good foundation. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    9th July 2020, 06:50
    Derreck replied to a thread Will sports return? in Other Schools
    I think the negative finical impact of not having football will almost force the hand to have some sort of season.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    9th July 2020, 06:46
    It's a simple question and frankly, the early returns are not encouraging. Will collegiate sports return this fall? The Ivy League has decided that they will not, as they have already cancelled all fall and winter sports competition. This is despite all the medical evidence that says COVID-19 is not particularly risky for young people. In fact, medical evidence shows it is less lethal and less contagious than the ordinary flu. I think a former President, Franklin Roosevelt, said something quite apropos to the ongoing situation: "So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    9th July 2020, 05:55
    Just a quick update. Mckenzie was granted permission to continue playing sports at the school she was attending. There is a loophole that allows her play at a different school from where she attends if the school she attends does not offer sports. I have also been asked to coach the JV and Varsity volleyball team. So Mckenzie just cannot get away from me, LOL. There have been a few travel softball tournaments here and there. Mckenzie guest played for the first time this past weekend for a single day tournament. During pool play she knocked off a ton of rust. Played OK, but not great. However by the time we started bracket play she was on fire. She pitched 4 total innings in bracket play, struck out 7 and only gave up 3 hits. At the plate she was 9 of 12, 8 RBI's, 2 HR's, and 5 doubles. And there were a couple of doubles that looked like they were gone when the ball left the bat. Team finished 3rd.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    7th July 2020, 13:01
    I can tell you from living near Greenville, the firing of McNeill was not very popular with the fan base. In fact, most were outraged. The McNeill move, coupled with the disaster hiring of Scotty Montgomery sealed that AD's fate and why he is no longer in Greenville. McNeill, from what I understood had a couple of opportunities to coach but wanted the right situation. He had a great gig as the Assistant HC at Oklahoma while waiting for his next opportunity. Of course McNeill being older likely limited those options some. Fast forward to last year, McNeill stepped away from coaching to look after his father who lives here in NC. This position at State allows him to be a coach and mentor while allowing him to continue to care for his father.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    7th July 2020, 10:25
    ECU enjoyed one of their finest patches of football with McNeill as head coach, including a second best ever 10-win season in 2013 (a season that ECU was the best football team in North Carolina, having beaten both UNC and NC State that year). However, ECU ran McNeill out of town after ECU finished with eight wins the following year. That's the way it goes, a coach builds a middling team up to a taste of elite achievement, and the fans begin to regard that as a birthright. Had ECU given McNeill the time to build back up from seeing the class he built up over four years graduate, then McNeill may have developed ECU into a perennial football power. And for ECU, a final record of 8-5 isn't exactly sub-par! I never understood why McNeill did not get another head coaching opportunity, but we are very much benefited from this hiring. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    7th July 2020, 09:04
    RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State head coach Dave Doeren has announced that his mentor and friend Ruffin McNeill has joined the Wolfpack staff. McNeill, one of the most well-liked and respected people in college football, will serve as the special assistant to the head coach. Doeren has known McNeill, who boasts four decades of coaching experience, for more than 20 years and their professional paths have crossed several times. When Doeren was a graduate assistant at USC in 1999, McNeill was the defensive line coach at nearby Fresno State. The two coached in the Big 12 together from 2002-05 - Doeren at Kansas and McNeill at Texas Tech - and for Doeren's first three years at NC State, McNeill was the head coach at East Carolina. "I've known Ruffin since the beginning of my coaching career," Doeren said. "Not only is he one of my closest friends in the profession, but he's been a mentor to me since I was 24 years old. We've crossed paths on the recruiting trail many times over the past 22 years and have been friends and competitors. Having a former head coach on our staff who I can trust and have known for almost my entire career is a huge benefit for me personally, as well as for our entire program. "As a North Carolina native and a former coach at Appalachian State and ECU, Ruffin has great relationships and ties across our state. I am looking forward to working with him and want to welcome him and his wife Erlene to the Wolfpack family." In his role with the Wolfpack, McNeill will serve as an advisor to Doeren and will contribute to and lead special projects. He will be a source of outreach for Wolfpack football to campus, alumni, and community groups on behalf of the program. He will also help provide player development analysis.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    4th July 2020, 17:51
    Derreck replied to a thread 2021 Recruiting Class in Football
    The Seabrough twins have Picked the Pack! They are both TE's out of Georgia. https://insidepacksports.com/players/12437/cedric-seabrough https://insidepacksports.com/players/12436/fredrick-seabrough Dont let the offer list fool you. These boys can play. A lot of programs were scared off because they wanted to be a package deal and not may school are willing to take 2 TE's in the same class.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    1st July 2020, 12:53
    Derreck replied to a thread 2021 Recruiting Class in Football
    https://insidepacksports.com/players/12112/demie-sumo RB Demie Sump picks the Pack! IMO, this kid is a sleeper. After looking into him, I cannot believe his offer list is not higher. Kid is extremely versatile. Frankly this reminds me of Jaylen Samuels when recruited. Samuels biggest offer outside of State was Ball St and Charlotte. I think Sumo will be similar.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    29th June 2020, 16:40
    This is huge! If all three can remain healthy, they improve the quality of this team tremendously. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    29th June 2020, 09:55
    Release: NC State graduates Tyrone Riley, C.J. Riley, and Dylan Autenrieth missed last season due to injury and have been granted additional years by the NCAA. Offensive lineman Tyrone Riley was injured during fall camp and missed the entire 2019 season. He applied for a waiver and was granted a sixth season, which he will use during the 2020 campaign. Riley is expected to compete for a starting job this season on the offensive line. Wide receiver C.J. Riley suffered a knee injury in the season opener and missed the entire season. Riley now has two more years of eligibility remaining. Tight end Dylan Autenrieth was the Pack’s top returning blocker at tight end but was injured in the loss at West Virginia. The injury forced him to miss the remaining nine games of the season. Autenrieth also now has two more years of eligibility remaining.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    22nd June 2020, 04:30
    Derreck replied to a thread 2021 Recruiting Class in Football
    https://insidepacksports.com/players/12111/sean-brown Safety Sean Brown picks the Pack!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    19th June 2020, 20:56
    This is shaping up to be one of Doeren's strongest recruiting classes! Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    19th June 2020, 17:27
    Derreck replied to a thread 2021 Recruiting Class in Football
    https://insidepacksports.com/players/11975/jayden-tate DT Jayden Tate Picks the Pack! ETA: Tate is being recruited as a DT, however he is also a long snapper and has the versatility to play OG.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    19th June 2020, 17:26
    Derreck replied to a thread 2021 Recruiting Class in Football
    https://insidepacksports.com/players/11004/travali-price 4 Star DE Travali Price has committed to the Pack
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    19th June 2020, 06:57
    The NCAA has the inmates running their asylum now. The NCAA and the SEC has said they will bar the entire state of Mississippi from all post-season events due to their state flag. Why not just remove all their universities from the NCAA? I mean, if you want to walk the walk, then walk it! Don't go halfway just to make a political splash! Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    15th June 2020, 16:29
    The President has the right to voice his criticisms also, does he not?
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    15th June 2020, 16:26
    Absolutely! Think of this way, the flag is a symbol of liberty. It's not the expression of American reality. So, in my view, if you disrespect our flag, then you disrespect the concept of liberty. On the other hand, I do not advocate to fire people, or to deliberately set up to destroy their lives. I reserve my right to criticize their actions. But, what we've witnessed the last few weeks is plain insanity! A drunk man attacks a cop trying to handcuff him after he blows a .108 in the tube, and the man doesn't just attack the cop, he steals his tazer. Now, being drunk, did the man even know it was his tazer, vice his sidearm? Who knows! How were the two Atlanta cops supposed to know, especially since it was dark? He then tries to flee with the tazer, and points it toward the cops and fires it. The tazer makes a sound somewhat similar to a pistol shooting. The cop who shot him wasn't the cop who's tazer he stole and ran away from. How was the cop who shot him supposed to know it was a tazer and not the cop's pistol he stole?
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  • packinjax's Avatar
    15th June 2020, 06:17
    packinjax replied to a thread Stick with sports! in Other Schools
    Ken, your article was very interesting and I thought well put together. I'd like to see your writings on the POTUS speaking out against the kneeling protests at sporting events. My understanding is you think it's a travesty against the symbols of liberty, but based on your article here I would assume you take the same stance against institutions/the government trying to take the right of peaceable protest away from others.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    12th June 2020, 14:28
    After speaking with an individual in leadership in the Wolfpack Club, and receiving information that Boo Corrigan is aware of what was done, and confident that he authorized it to happen, I have severed my membership in the Wolfpack Club and withdrawn my financial support of same. I will not support any organization or institution that thinks it correct to punish people and groups for expressing personal views, especially when the way those views are expressed are reasonable and responsible. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    12th June 2020, 12:22
    Like I wrote, I have no beef with personal opinion. In fact, I support its expression. My beef is with people who abuse their offices, particularly those with government, or even quasi-government, affiliations, to silence speech, opinion, or anything else that runs contrary to a singular point of view. I wrote another of my columns today, and while it will never be my intention to blur the lines between those efforts and this website, events of late have already blurred those lines. So, here's the link: http://www.kenstallings.com/Columns/Out%20of%20the%20Darkness.htm What I reserve for myself, I seek not to deny to others. The point being, too many are seeking to deny that right of personal opinion and self-determination, and are usurping and abusing whole hosts of offices and positions to do so, and we can no longer remain silent and endure it.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    11th June 2020, 19:39
    Derreck replied to a thread Stick with sports! in Other Schools
    https://twitter.com/nellez_/status/1269302167397113856/photo/1 Here is one example
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    11th June 2020, 19:35
    Derreck replied to a thread Stick with sports! in Other Schools
    Its a good thing. State athletics has gone all in with the BLM movement, etc.
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