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  • Derreck's Avatar
    24th June 2019, 06:40
    Just want to remind everyone of this. While there is no requirement to give a guaranteed contract to players after the first round, most teams still give them to their second round picks. And as we have see with Lecque even undrafted free agents are getting guarantees. Lecque was basically told by a few teams that if he went undrafted they would try to sign him. With that knowledge his agent knew they had some leverage and were able to translate that into a 4 year contract w/ 2 guaranteed. The NBA league minimum is $838,464 for his first year and $1,349,383 for his second year so Lecque has to at least make that. The contract details have not gotten out yet so not sure if there was a signing bonus or not.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    24th June 2019, 06:27
    I think the issues on how the roster was constructed that Gott left has affected Keatts the first few years. 2020 and 2021 will really be the first few years to see how Keatts handles recruiting. I do believe that transfers will continue to be a big part of how Keatts assembles the Pack roster which will negatively affect recruiting "rankings" however does not mean we will be a poor/bad team. I know for 2020 we are in good shape with Shakeel Moore (4 star PG) as well as a few other players.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    23rd June 2019, 20:05
    ESPN released a rather clumsy treatise on the subject of NC Stateís menís basketball chasing the ghost of Jim Valvano. Funny, while briefly mentioning Norm Sloan and Everett Case, the writers of that piece never did sufficiently point out that Valvano never had to chase any ghosts! Kevin Keatts has proven to be an effective recruiter, and losing Lecque due to a unique circumstance doesnít diminish that track record. The article was the typical pablum of a fan base with unrealistic expectations. The treatise is really more another expose of a current era media too full of itself and losing its relevance due to habitual unreasoned commentary. Keatts should have made the Dance last year with the teamís resume. Without Lecque, this 2019-20 season is going to be unpredictable. I almost see it as a free year as Keatts continues to build the base. What the article did explore, and what I agree with as a real threat, are significant sanctions pending for payments funneled to Dennis Smith. If Orlando Early really did pass envelopes of money given to him by Mark Gottfied to pay Smith, then we could see a multi-year sanction.
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  • Matt Nicholson's Avatar
    22nd June 2019, 16:14
    On the subject of recruiting, we really need to get with the program in 2020 and 21. Keatts is proving to be an above average coach, but he's seriously lagging in bringing in talent like Lowe and Gottfried brought in (I assume Gott didn't pay EVERY top50 player he signed).
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    22nd June 2019, 11:12
    If those are the terms, then I agree completely. Ken
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  • Matt Nicholson's Avatar
    22nd June 2019, 09:00
    2 years guaranteed if I read it right. Even at minimum salary, that's almost $2M. Probably a good call by him.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    21st June 2019, 15:57
    Their fight isn't over. Their delays have simply delayed any final decision. Ken
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  • Matt Nicholson's Avatar
    21st June 2019, 14:53
    If we are forced to do any more than vacate 15 wins from a meaningless season, I am going to be really pissed if we don't lawyer up and fight like UNC.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    21st June 2019, 12:57
    The NBA draft each year features as much intrigue in terms of trades and free agency as it does through the draft itself. One of those many trade deals sent TJ Warren from Phoenix to the Indianapolis Pacers. This trade makes me happy for Warren as I think he's now with a far better team. Phoenix has been unable to assemble a core of talent to complement Warren and the team has been mired in many years of frustration. I think Warren has a real chance with the Pacers to earn a trip to the playoffs and further improve his professional career achievements. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    21st June 2019, 12:21
    Just learned that Lecque signed a four-year free agent contract with the Phoenix Suns to play in the NBA-DL. I am genuinely happy that he was able to secure this for his future. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    21st June 2019, 11:50
    Every year we get a dose of hard reality from the NBA draft. All sorts of young men are reminded the hard way just how incredibly difficult it is to earn a roster spot or even a draft slot in the NBA. It's worse odds than winning a lottery. Going into this draft, all the so-called draft experts projected that Jalen Lecque would be drafted early in the second round. Well, he wasn't drafted at all. So, now he's out of the NBA and out of college options both! This happens all the time and it is part of life's calculations. The thing is, it doesn't need to be this way. The draft is over for the NBA and all the cards are on the table turned face up. Has the situation vis-a-vis NC State's roster really changed any in the last two months? Soapbox time again, but why does the NCAA make this so difficult and disappointing for everyone? Simply have the draft, the NBA can draft anyone out of high school they want to, but if that player chooses college then the NBA loses that player and that draft slot! That way, the NBA is forced to put their money on the table and take their own chances. The player retains the leverage to decide his own life best by having all the information out there. It would instantly remove the agents from the equation as the players won't need them and can do away with their self-serving hype. Yes, you may lose high quality players from time to time to the professional ranks, but at least said player would have a legitimate future in professional basketball. Now, Lecque has a future in the Euro League, Pacific Leagues, or the NBA-DL. We may see him crack an NBA roster some day in the next few years, but the odds are that he'll never put the game jersey on for an NBA team. Who knows what solid experience in the ACC may have done for Lecque. Perhaps even just a single season may have allowed him to develop his game. As it is, he was considered too much of a project for an NBA team to invest its second round draft choice on.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    21st June 2019, 09:07
    That too has become a real issue. Testosterone issues rise to the forefront as multiple rules in place would prevent the artificial increase in such hormone levels and yet one Olympic athlete claims that such levels are natural. That case is ongoing and has already created great controversy. Yet, we are dealing with just one athlete who has made this an issue. Overall, it comes down to whether we want women to have a platform to compete and perform in sports. I certainly do. And yet, what these women are complaining about in court is that their opportunity has been taken away from them by allowing men to compete against them in sports that are regulated to be among women only. They have a powerful case provided as a society we are willing to elevate common sense above politics in our evaluations. Science is more than capable of creating all sorts of confusing situations that would blur the gender lines in ways that would give certain individuals competitive advantages that would neutralize any chance of a woman to compete fairly. Back in the days when I was a very low-level competitive swimmer, I remember how the East German women's swim teams dominated Olympic competition. Looking at those women swimmers, they looked like men. They were artificial creations of science, literal freaks, who's lives, shortly after the Olympic glory ended, descending into hell, as they suffered terrible physical ailments and early deaths from their extreme use of hormone treatments. Ultimately, as a society, we decided to crack down on that cheating and end it. Since we have restored competitive balance, women from many different nations now can achieve success at the Olympic levels without having to torture their bodies in ways that cause chronic harm. Sports are supposed to benefit life, not trade glory for short life spans. What we run serious risk of now is allowing men to declare themselves to be women, and use that self-identification to create precisely the unfair situation that medical science artificially created in the corrupt 1980's Olympic sports days. And ultimately, I don't think giving men an avenue to compete against women in physical sports competition is fair to men or women. Ultimately, if we allowed that, it would quickly destroy women sports on a competitive level. Except for a handful of sports, there just wouldn't be any women competing at all. This is where sports such as race car driving and rifle emerge as truly co-gender competition. The NC State rifle team is co-ed because genders can compete fairly. Common sense goes a long way on this, and we should refuse to concede to the narrow-minded pressure and continue to exercise it. If we took a WNBA team and had them compete again male teams, they would be hard pressed to beat some high school teams. I doubt they would win many games in Division I college conferences. In the past, some people used that reality to argue that women had no place in competitive...
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  • packinjax's Avatar
    21st June 2019, 06:19
    Where would hermaphrodites fall?
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    20th June 2019, 10:40
    When the desire to win erodes basic moral principles, then this is the sort of situation we find ourselves in. https://www.espn.com/high-school/story/_/id/27015115/complaint-targets-transgender-hs-track-athletes Title IX was a long overdue and very welcome effort to establish a level playing field for women to compete in college athletics. Until Title IX, it was normally a situation where athletic budgets were skewed so much that the basic opportunity for women to compete in intercollegiate athletics was stymied. Let's dismiss all false pretense that would argue that men and women can compete equally against each other in most college sports. That is a fanciful argument that runs counter to all common sense. The problem now is that throughout many high schools, a refusal to stand up for common sense reality has allowed many high school districts to box themselves into a corner. A refusal to acknowledge even the most basic of gender differences has allowed certain unprincipled people to claim transgender status to allow boys to enter into athletic competitions against girls. The economic and social impacts are now significant. This lawsuit is a natural development from girls who feel, quite rightly I think, that their economic and social opportunities are being artificially infringed. I think that as a society we have to summon back the basic courage to tell the plain truth. Part of those truths is that Jimmy ain't Jean! And the longer we refuse to summon that courage for truth, the greater the actual damage we cause to innocent peoples' lives and futures.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    16th June 2019, 13:54
    Derreck replied to a thread 2020 Recruiting Class in Football
    https://insidepacksports.com/players/9057/nehki-meredith DB Nehki Meredith has committed to the Pack!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    13th June 2019, 10:05
    Six more schools were notified of Level I violations. In the attached article, it specifies that the NCAA had already notified other schools, including NC State. https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26958816/cops-suspect-ortiz-shooting-was-offered-78k Right now, over a dozen schools are being investigated. Without question, this is the broadest and most serious multi-school scandal in the history of the NCAA. Frankly, NC State may be a relative small fish in this pond! Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    12th June 2019, 06:47
    Derreck replied to a thread 2020 Recruiting Class in Football
    That is 6 commits over the last six days
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    12th June 2019, 06:46
    Derreck replied to a thread 2020 Recruiting Class in Football
    https://insidepacksports.com/players/10425/jonathan-adorno OL Jonathan Adorno has picked the Pack
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    11th June 2019, 09:55
    I'm hardly the only one, but there needs to be soon another statue or building named for her. When I consider the state of the athletic department when she took over, and the state of the department now, I truly consider her to be the best AD we've ever had at likely the most keen need for someone of excellence in that position. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    11th June 2019, 06:41
    https://gopack.com/news/2019/6/10/general-yow-named-2019-john-l-toner-award-recipient.aspx Congrats Dr Yow? Well deserved! IRVING, Texas Ė The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced that former NC State Director of Athletics Debbie Yow has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the NFF John L. Toner Award, becoming the first female recipient of the award that recognizes excellence in athletics administration. The Toner Award is presented annually by the NFF to athletics directors who have demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics, particularly college football. The award is named in honor of its inaugural recipient John L. Toner, former athletics director and football coach at Connecticut and NCAA President.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    11th June 2019, 06:06
    Derreck replied to a thread 2020 Recruiting Class in Football
    https://insidepacksports.com/players/10845/ezemdi-udoh TE Ezemdi Udoh has picked the Pack!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    10th June 2019, 18:09
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread 2019 cws in Other Schools
    And those two are it for the ACC, as Duke and UNC were both eliminated in the Super Regionals. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    10th June 2019, 09:59
    Ken Stallings started a thread 2019 cws in Other Schools
    Louisville and Florida State have punched their tickets to the CWS. I doubt anyone can find a better story than Mike Martin going to the CWS for his final season of a hall of fame career. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    10th June 2019, 06:38
    Derreck replied to a thread 2020 Recruiting Class in Football
    https://insidepacksports.com/players/10532/sean-hill OL Sean Hill picks the Pack
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    10th June 2019, 06:37
    Derreck replied to a thread 2020 Recruiting Class in Football
    https://insidepacksports.com/players/10491/patrick-matan OL Patrick Matan picks the Pack
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    10th June 2019, 06:36
    Derreck replied to a thread 2020 Recruiting Class in Football
    https://insidepacksports.com/players/10689/davin-vann DT Davin Vann picks the Pack
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    8th June 2019, 19:28
    The subject recently came up and I thought it deserved its own mention. Doak Field was originally constructed in 1966. Our baseball team has called it home ever since. The stadium eventually reached the status of barely high school level facility, such that there were years when the baseball team was required by the NCAA to host regionals they earned the right to host at off campus baseball facilities! NC State enjoyed some outstanding head coaches during this time, from Sam Esposito to Ray Tanner. Esposito's teams were frequently very good and he shouldered the bulk of the challenge in recruiting. He coached from 1967 to 1987. Ray Tanner then stepped right in being promoted from Esposito's assistant to the head coaching position, which he held until 1996. Tanner spent many years putting high quality teams on the field constantly seeing his successes go without any significant improvements to our baseball facilities. Despite derelict refusal to support his program, Tanner put NC State into the NCAA Regionals seven of the nine years he was head coach, including his first season, and consecutively from 1990-94. He was named ACC Coach of the Year in 1990. The last time NC State won the conference title was under Tanner's leadership in 1992! Despite all this success, Doak Field was left without any facility improvement plans. Feeling completely abused at NC State, Tanner accepted the head coaching position at South Carolina in 1997, and led the Gamecocks to instant success, culminating with National titles in 2010 and 2011. His team also won the SEC crown in 2004. This is regarded as among the greatest failures in NC State athletic history, literally begging Ray Tanner to leave NC State! Finally, after all of this, and having gotten very lucky in the hiring of Elliot Avent as head coach in 1997, things started to finally turn. In 2002, Doak Field was essentially closed for the 2003 season to facilitate long overdue repairs and upgrades. The entire grandstand was torn down, such as it was, and replaced with a concourse, press box, about 2,200 seats, and greatly improved player facilities. Those upgrades cost $6 million, but barely made Doak Field eligible for hosting NCAA Regionals and Super-Regionals! The truth is that among existing ACC baseball stadiums, Doak Field ranks in the bottom half. Without those $6 million in upgrades for the 2004 season, our facility would have likely ranked dead last in the conference!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    8th June 2019, 17:30
    Nell Crosby has the distinction of being the final NC State athlete to compete in the 2018-19 season! By earning her way to the NCAA Championship Finals in the 3000 meter steeplechase, she certainly ensured it was a very positive coda to the year. In fact, so positive that she earned her spot in the finals by posting a new NC State school record in the semi-finals! However, her path ended with a last place finish of 12th in the finals. She barely missed out of a first team All-American finish to her college career also. The top eight American finishers in an event are named to the first team All-American list, but she finished ninth among American citizens in the event. Of course, she did solidly earn second team selection. Two other achievements earn special mention. Boise State's Allie Ostrander earned her third straight 3000 meter steeplechase National Championship title! Also, BYU's Erica Birk earned All-American honors by finishing the race in fifth place only 18 months after giving birth to her son! Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    8th June 2019, 14:04
    East Carolina enjoyed a brief cup of coffee at the Super Regional, as Louisville demolished the Pirates in two straight games, winning 14-1 on Friday and then 12-0 on Saturday! Thank you for coming -- enjoy your flight back to Greenville! Louisville therefore became the first team to punch their ticket to the CWS. Frankly, the only surprise for Louisville this year is that they were bounced in the ACC Tournament, where they came in the top ranked team and were expected to win the crown. Nice consolation prize, so far, to win their Super Regional! Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    7th June 2019, 20:58
    Ian Shanklin finished eleventh in the field of 24 runners. He will earn first team All-American honors for this result due to the fact that he placed in the top eight of American citizens in the event. Four of the runners who finished ahead of Shanklin are foreign citizens, who will also be named first team All-Americans, but the rules are that the list extends to cover all of the top eight American citizen finishers. So, congratulations to Ian Shanklin! First Team All-American! Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    7th June 2019, 20:15
    Jamar Davis placed 23rd in a field of 24 in the triple jump today. The men's 5000 meter is running as I am typing this. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    7th June 2019, 05:32
    Derreck replied to a thread 2020 Recruiting Class in Football
    https://insidepacksports.com/players/10694/stephen-gosnell WR Stephen Gosnell has picked the Pack
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    6th June 2019, 19:00
    The womens' 3000 meter steeplechase just concluded and NC State's Nell Crosby finished in fifth place in the preliminary race and thereby qualified for the finals. She ran in the first of two prelims. Update: the results of the second prelim placed Crosby in 11th and still racing in the finals. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    6th June 2019, 10:58
    There really is a truly professional wrestling format, and the real sport also. Really a shame that the most publicized "professional" wrestling is the rank acting job masquerading as sport! https://gopack.com/news/2019/6/6/wrestling-gwiazdowski-to-wrestle-at-final-x-saturday-night.aspx Wolfpack legendary wrestler Nick Gwiazdowski is remaining a world elite wrestler. He's competing at the Final X event to determine who makes the US World Team. Due to his performance, he received an automatic bid, but being the competitor he is, he will want to win the event. Gwiazdowski is wrestling for Titan Mercury, but his more local wrestling club is named Wolfpack RTC. Nick is very much still an NC State alumnus, and still wrestles on campus to further his professional career. Rather interesting to see the Wolfpack RTC website: https://www.wolfpackwrestlingclub.org/
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    6th June 2019, 10:28
    This montage tells the story better than I could! https://gopack.com/news/2019/6/6/-statement-season-2018-19-nc-state-womens-tennis.aspx The most significant team achievement is a high ranking of #9 with a final year ranking of #11. But, as this link shows, there was plenty of highlights beyond that. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    5th June 2019, 19:12
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread MLB draft in Baseball
    Now the not so good news! The Pack had a few of its recruiting signees also get drafted: Blake Walston, LHP (1st round, 26 overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks Andy Samuelson, LHP (12th round, 367 overall) by the Atlanta Braves Noah Soles, OF (19th round, 572 overall) also by the Diamondbacks Jose Torres, SS (24th round, 733 overall) Milwaukee Brewers
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    5th June 2019, 18:59
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread MLB draft in Baseball
    Day three saw six more NC State players selected in the 2019 MLB draft: 16th round (474 overall) Pitcher Jason Parker, Cincinnati Reds 17th round (517 overall) Pitcher Alec Barger, Atlanta Braves 21st round (631 overall) Pitcher Andrew Blake, Los Angeles Angels 24th round (712 overall) Pitcher Michael Beinlein, Detroit Tigers
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    5th June 2019, 18:39
    The Wolfpack team placed in five competitions in the NCAA Championships this season: Triple Jump (Jamar Davis) Men's 5000 meter (Ian Shanklin) Women's 3,000 meter steeplechase (Nell Crosby) Men's 100 meter dash (Cravont Charleston) Men's 4x100 meter relay (Junpai Dowdy, Cravont Charleston, Shannon Patterson, Quashawn Cunningham) The men's dash events all concluded on Wednesday. The relay team did not finish the race, for reasons unstated. The team's best time was recorded in the east regionals at 39.17 seconds. Had they matched that time in the national championships, it would have tied Iowa for a top ten finish, but not moved them on to the finals.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    5th June 2019, 11:05
    Ken Stallings started a thread Tyler McDonough in Baseball
    Tyler McDonough earned second team All-ACC honors as well as ACC All-Freshman selection. Nationally, he was also recognized as an All-Freshman selection. McDonough led NC State in hits with 80 and steals, successfully reaching in 10 of 12 attempts. He was a defensive whiz in center field, starting 60 games without a single error all season! Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    5th June 2019, 10:56
    Ken Stallings started a thread MLB draft in Baseball
    Will Wilson was selected in the first round (#15 overall) by the Los Angeles Angels. At NC State, he was our shortstop and earned the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-ACC selection. He was also selected second team All-American, and a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award for college baseball's best shortstop. Evan Edwards was selected in the fourth round by the Miami Marlins. He was NC State's first baseman in 2019. In many respects he was our best offensive player, leading the team in RBI's (60), walks (51), on base percentage (.455). He was second on the team in batting average (.330), runs (59), hits (76), doubles (17), homers (14), bases (139) and slugging percentage (.604). Defensively, he was among the best first basemen in college baseball, starting every game of the year without committing a single error! Congrats to both! Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    4th June 2019, 20:42
    Cool -- the part about healing up and getting ready! The rest, not so much! LOL!!! Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    4th June 2019, 17:28
    Here is what I think is a stark comparison to prove the point that Derreck made regarding our baseball facilities, though this is simply a straight up comparison of our two stadiums. The nagging part of this is that the way Doak Field is today is ton's better than it was when a near abandonment of Doak Field caused Ray Tanner to bolt for South Carolina. Doak Field LeClair Stadium The seating capacity at LeClair Stadium is roughly triple that of Doak Field. The parking is more expansive also.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    4th June 2019, 17:04
    In my view, this is the right measure. Baseball will always be inherently unpredictable. Also, in the college version, that reality is exacerbated by the MLB amateur draft. A kid can be drafted high enough that he chooses to take the bonus pool money and forego a scholarship offer. So, a college team can go from a dominant recruiting class to an average one. Since MLB has always put a premium on drafting high school pitchers, the pool of highly talented pitchers for college teams is small. Carlos Rodon was injured and passed over for the MLB selection until at such time he calculated he would do better for himself by enrolling at NC State and turning into the world class pitcher that he became, and led NC State to the CWS in his junior season. We hired a new pitching coach to try to better develop pitchers, but honestly we still have not replaced Tom Holliday. Clint Chrysler comes highly rated, but this year's staff ended up being the weak link on the team. We could score runs and for the most part played excellent defense, but our pitching staff was very thin, and too often against good offensive teams, they coughed up four and five run deficits after the first or second inning, a hole that is difficult to crawl out from under. A high percentage of our wins during that 27-1 run were come from behind variety, and you cannot last a full season like that. And honestly, I would bet that Tom Holliday in hindsight wishes he had remained at NC State, as he lasted just one year (2015) in the same position at Auburn and was out of coaching entirely until he was named a manager in the Cape Cod League in 2017. Initially, our offense looked strong enough to carry this team to another CWS berth, but after the Florida State series, the weaknesses got revealed and exploited repeatedly. As a team, we had a top ten offense and a middling pitching staff. That averaged things out to us being a top twenty team. I really don't know what Avent could have done differently this season. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    4th June 2019, 11:52
    A change without investing in facilities is futile. We have one of the worst facilities for baseball in the ACC. So it would be difficult to attract a coach to State that would not be using us as a springboard. ECU's baseball facilities are 10x's better than ours and they are a Group of 5 school. Avent is an enigma. The one glaring hole in is resume is no ACC Championships. Aside from that his resume is pretty darn good. We have been to the playoff's 15 of the last 17 years and 18 of 23 for his career at State, 4 Super Regional appearances, and one CWS appearance. He is 875-528 in his career at State (Most wins and Most losses). He has also played for 5 ACCT's and just come up short. We are a well above average team under Avent so it is a difficult decision. IMO, Avent has just a few years left (He is 63). Invest in the facilities, allow Avent to coach toward retirement while the facilities are upgraded. Its not like we are a crap team that cannot afford to wait to make a change, we are still a threat to be a Super Regional caliber team year in and year out. So fix the facilities and wait. Avent is well regarded in baseball circles and allowing him to save face and retire is what is best for both parties at this point.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    4th June 2019, 11:11
    Its a private Christian school. If we were at the public school there would be no issue. Another update. While sitting out the year Mckenzie's foot healed up nicely and she is able to move around on it. However, she was injured horse playing around the house and broke the index finger on her left hand and tore the ligament between the index and middle finger. She has been in recovery and was cleared yesterday to resume normal activity. This has been quite the year for her but she is refreshed and ready. First thing she wanted to do yesterday was hit then pitch. Getting ready to start summer workouts in a couple of weeks.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    4th June 2019, 11:06
    Derreck replied to a thread Aircraft in Alumni & Fans Connect
    Awesome...
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    3rd June 2019, 21:26
    East Carolina beat Campbell back-to-back to earn their fifth appearance in a Super Regional! https://www.wralsportsfan.com/ecu-beats-campbell-10-3-to-force-final-ncaa-regional-game/18429750/ Congrats to the Pirates! If there was any justice, then East Carolina should host that Super Regional. The NCAA ranked ECU as tenth in its national seeding even though the Pirates improved from eighth in the RPI to fifth before Regional play began! Georgia. Oregon State, West Virginia, and Georgia Tech all lost their regionals, and so by rankings, East Carolina is among the eight highest seeded team to advance. However, I believe the NCAA sticks with the brackets now and that means that ECU travels to Louisville Ken
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    3rd June 2019, 17:23
    Here is the night landing: Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    3rd June 2019, 17:23
    Well, as this college sports season winds down for NC State, I figured I would provide a bit of non-topical stuff: Two videos of me landing my plane, both at West Georgia Regional (KCTJ), one day and one night. My son in the co-pilot's seat took the video. First the daytime landing: Enjoy!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    3rd June 2019, 17:14
    Well, let's review the status of the Regionals. Florida State beat host Georgia to advance to a Super Regional! Auburn beat Georgia Tech to advance to a Super Regional -- remember what I said about regional biases making it far more difficult for southeastern teams to advance due to stacked competition? Louisiana State advanced out of its regional to a Super Regional. UNC did the same.
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