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  • Derreck's Avatar
    16th July 2019, 08:33
    45 Days... Lets get ready Pack Nation!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    12th July 2019, 09:44
    Likely twice that number. NC State is the first because NC State was the school that cooperated the most with the NCAA and law enforcement. Consequently, the NCAA felt their case against "us" was the clearest and most straight forward. I agree that the lion's share of this scandal insofar as NC State is concerned is Smith, Early, and Gottfried. It should not be lost upon anyone that the people who "get away" with this stuff the most are the players. They receive the impermissible benefits and then leave the school before the NCAA manages to investigate and hand down punishments that hurt players who never benefited one iota. Ken
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  • Matt Nicholson's Avatar
    11th July 2019, 23:51
    Early should get a show-cause. Gottfried should be suspended if not fired outright. Some writers are saying at least 5 or 6 other schools will also be getting NOAs.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    11th July 2019, 18:48
    The consensus view of most sports analysts is that NC State is looking at a fine and vacation of the 15 wins from Smith’s lone season. Had we won any titles, then those would have been vacated also since the NCAA has ruled Smith ineligible for the entire season, in retrospect. Most people think the wording of the NOA points the strong finger at Gottfried and Early. Like I questioned Gott’s hire by Cal State Northridge within a month of us firing him is being roundly criticized now that the school will likely face a Show Cause stipulation to retain him. Gott ended up screwing himself in ways beyond even what we initially saw! He may have also killed Early’s career! Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    11th July 2019, 12:46
    Exactly. I field calls weekly wanting Mckenzie to play Softball every weekend. We dont to let her rest. Volleyball practice starts next week so she is pretty much done with softball (except for a rare weekend tournament) now. However many of her friends and teammates play on a different team nearly every weekend. One girl in particular has played for 5 different teams this year, has played every single weekend and that is not counting the two days of team practice during the week as well as the individual lessons on top of that. I have told her parents she is going to result in getting a serious injury.
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  • packinjax's Avatar
    11th July 2019, 11:06
    Agreed. Not just to a professional level though, a lot of the parents are hoping for a scholarship at the collegiate level. Although if you saved the money you spent on travel teams/ development, you could probably cover a lot of college expense anyway.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    11th July 2019, 10:46
    This ESPN article is just one glimpse at a worrisome trend in youth sports in multiple areas. The vast gap between most kids and those kids being groomed for collegiate and professional sports has grown. It used to be that kids were kids and would play a few games of baseball in the summer Small Fry and Little League venues, and go back to school. Then, in their junior high years they would play sports at that level. This article points out the explosion of stress related injuries that the NBA is facing now. And, it points a clear finger at the role of the AAU basketball circuit. https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/27125793/these-kids-ticking-bombs-threat-youth-basketball But, it isn't merely basketball that's been in the crosshairs. Baseball has been looking at this, and many Hall of Fame players have gone on record expressing serious concerns with the depth and duration of the many different youth leagues. It has turned into yearlong baseball competitions and training for kids in their junior high school years. John Smoltz in particular is noted for criticizing the over development of these youth leagues in baseball, saying that the explosion of Tommy John surgery points to over training. Doctors who perform this surgery, including the doctor who pioneered the technique, has warned parents that the surgery should not be considered a panacea nor a preventative elective surgery. Smoltz in particular believes kids should play a more limited number of baseball games, as well as participate in multiple sports simply to increase their joy of sports through diversity of effort.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    11th July 2019, 08:31
    https://bustingbrackets.com/2019/07/11/nc-state-basketball-ncaa-punish-wolfpack/ Good read.
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  • Stephen Sparks's Avatar
    11th July 2019, 07:24
    All I got to say is lawyer up! The Cheats essentially got away with institutionalized cheating with little to no consequences for decades, not years. If we don’t fight this tooth and nail, I will start pulling for another team, alma mater be damned.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    11th July 2019, 06:40
    The ESPN article listed is factually incorrect. The Level 1 allegations were directed at the coaches, Early and Gott. The allegations that were alleged against NC State were Level 2. From Pate Forde https://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa-hits-nc-state-with-notice-of-allegations-tied-to-federal-hoops-corruption-case-220117755.html "In addition to being a problem for NC State, the charges specifically related to former coach Mark Gottfried — now the head coach at Cal State Northridge — could jeopardize his current standing at that school. Gottfried is charged with violating head coach responsibility legislation, specifically a failure to monitor his program and promote an atmosphere of compliance. In broader terms, this also could signal an effort by the NCAA to pin responsibility on those who have proven to be the most evasive of targets in cheating scandals — the head coaches.
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  • Matt Nicholson's Avatar
    11th July 2019, 06:12
    I'm serious. If we do not meet anything above and beyond vacating 15 wins from a meaningless season with anything less than the full force of a legal dream team, I will be PISSED!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    10th July 2019, 21:05
    Hot off the press. https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/27163940/nc-state-hit-dennis-smith-related-charges Two level one charges, including lack of monitoring by Mark Gottfried, plus accusations that Orlando Early funneled payments to Dennis Smith. One level two charge for a parking pass. It is serious. Ken
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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 State’s men’s 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 doesn’t 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 team’s 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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