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WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Schea Cotton

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This “Where Are They Now” is a bit different than the ones you may be used to. We usually update you on past Pack players, but this last weekend we got to catch up with a guy who was committed to the Wolfpack but never actually put on the red and white. His name is Schea Cotton… sound familiar?

Schea was once the #1 prep prospect in the land. Standing at 6’5 and weighing in at 215 pounds with some ridiculous rise (42 inch vertical). Cotton was a sure bet, a 2-time Parade All-American with NBA superstar potential and a NC State commit. After a fabulous high school career Schea verballed to UCLA, but before he could get there, the NCAA invalidated his SAT test score. He then decided to go a different route. Cotton enrolled in St. Thomas More Academy in Oakdale, Conn. were he starred, catching the attention of the Wolfpack. He was supposed to turn the NC State program around, he was supposed to be Herb Sendek’s first big time pickup and the one of the biggest gets in the class of ’98. However, none of that ever happened. 

Since late Summer 1998 there have been more questions than answers. Some say the NCAA disallowed Cotton’s SAT score, others say NC State decided not to honor the scholarship, while many believe it was Cotton who decided to part ways. Well we finally have a few answers thanks to a stroke of luck.

At Pangos (Long Beach, CA) this past weekend, they put together a staff of coaches that knew the ropes of recruiting. A college coach, an NBA assistant, a NBA/European player, and a player who the system did not work for….Shea Cotton.

On Saturday, I got to catch up with Cotton to tell him that he’s still on the minds of Wolfpack fans and to see what he’s been up to. We let him know NC State fans still wonder about him and his story has become somewhat of an urban legend. He’s still talked about as one of the best prep player people have ever seen.

” I love NC State fans. I do. It was really just a hard situation.” said Cotton. ” I wanted to be at NC State but the NCAA was coming down on me and was all over NC State for it. It was just better at the time to part ways.”

“I still keep track of NC State. Even though I became a SEC guy, I always check up on the Wolfpack. North Carolina is a great place. Such big time college basketball, and NC State, they were just good people.”

“You know it was a crazy time I mean, I just believe that if you just believe in God and trust in God, everything works out.”

Schea, a native of Long Beach is still involved a great deal with basketball. He is working with Dino Trigonis who works mainly with high school players looking to be scouted and recruited by big time college programs. Before that he was playing in Italy, Shanghi, France and Serbia.

We’d like to thank Schea for taking time out to talk to us and for being so open and honest with us. He’s a great guy and worked really hard to invest in the kids at Pangos. We also gave him our card to let him know that if he wants to keep up with NC State Basketball, this is the place to do it. He told us he’ll be checking us out, so if you want to show Shea some love, feel free.

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Former NC State All-ACC RB Nyheim Hines to be Released by the Bills

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Former NC State All-ACC Running Back Nyheim Hines is going to be released by the Buffalo Bills.

Hines was under contract for one more season in Buffalo, but it wasn’t guaranteed. He was set to make $4.06 million this season with the Bills.

Hines will always be remembered by the Bills Mafia for returning a kickoff for a touchdown, in the first play in the game after Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest in the game before.

Hines missed the entire 2023 season due to suffering a Torn ACL in a boating accident in the offseason, but he is expected to be ready by Training Camp.

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The Denver Broncos Are Releasing Russell Wilson

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Everyone saw this coming, but the Denver Broncos officially announced they will be releasing former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson on March 13th.

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Wilson had this to say to Broncos Nation.

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The Broncos didn’t want to continue with Wilson as their starting Quarterback, no matter how much it cost. Denver will take on $85 million in Dead Cap, which is an NFL record. In fact, it’s more than the prior two Dead Cap records combined.

Largest dead cap hits in NFL history:
Russell Wilson ($85M)
Matt Ryan ($40.53M)
Aaron Rodgers ($40.31M)
Carson Wentz ($33.8M)
Russell Wilson, again ($26M)

By releasing him now, they are saving themselves from paying Wilson an additional $37 million in guaranteed money.

Where will Wilson play next season? According to Vegas, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the odds on favorite to acquire Wilson’s services.

The thought by many, is that Wilson is expected to sign for the league minimum, which is $1.21 million, because the Broncos will still be paying him his 2024 salary.

It will be interesting to say the least to see how this unfolds.

 

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Dylan McMahon Represented NC State on the NFL Combine Yesterday

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NC State Center Dylan McMahon will be showing off his athletic ability later today (1pm) at the NFL Combine, but yesterday he took to the podium. Check out some of what he had to say.

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Former NC State WR Jerricho Cotchery Named Head Coach at Limestone University

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Former All-ACC NC State Wide Receiver Jerricho Cotchery has been named the Head Coach at Limestone University.

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Cotchery has spent the past 2 seasons as the Wide Receivers Coach and Assistant Head Coach at Limestone, helping lead them to a 16-8 record over that span. Limestone’s conference record the past two years was 15-3, finishing as co-champs of the Piedmont Division of South Atlantic Conference both years.

After playing 12 years in the NFL, Cotchery served as the Carolina Panthers Assistant Wide Receivers Coach from 2017-19.

Cotchery ranks 2nd all-time at NC State in receiving yards, trailing only Torry Holt. He also ranks 4th in receptions.

Congrats Jerricho!

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