When Reynolds Coliseum went under renovation, one of the things I was most excited about was the fact that they’d have a little museum to commemorate the history of the storied stadium where I grew up watching the Wolfpack. Now that it’s nearly complete we are starting to learn more and more about what made it into that museum.
Yesterday, news broke that the Wolfpack would be bringing the ever famous ‘noise meter’ to the museum. If you remember a few years back Tim Peeler found the noise meter in the basement of the coliseum. After that it was brought out for a few home games until the nostalgia wore off, then it went away again.
If you are too young or simply don’t remember, the noise meter hung high above the coliseum floor and lit up light bulbs to signify how loud the crowd was getting. When it was full tilt, the red bulb at the top would light up and send the crowd into an even more frantic frenzy.
Now it will be used to teach young state fans about the past, and drum up nostalgia for the older ones…
“It was a priority from the beginning from the university to get (the noise meter) in, and have it functional,” said Emily Furman, an N.C. State graduate and museum exhibit designer for HealyKohler Design in Washington, D.C.
Visitors can hand-operate the noise meter, running the lights up the 10-foot tall board as crowd noise ascends through speakers throughout the museum and the voice of longtime public address announcer, C.A. Dillon, welcomes fans to Reynolds Coliseum. The mechanics to the renovated noise meter are high tech, in direct contrast to the original primitive operation. – From the News & Observer
There’s only one thing. The noise meter never really measured noise by itself. It was operated by a student manager at first and then by others later on. They would flick switches to send the lights higher when the crowd got louder.
“It was a con job from the word go,” Waters said. “We’d be warming up, and he’d have that thing one light down (from the top) and the building would be shaking. We’d tell him, ‘Give it to them, they’re going crazy out here.’ That was part of the gimmick.” – From the News & Observer
The newly renovated Reynolds opens this Friday.
N&O: NC State Extends Kevin Keatts’ Contract 2 Years
According to Joe Giglio of the News & Observer, NC State has added two additional years to Kevin Keatts’ contract. The Men’s Basketball head coach has led the Wolfpack to a 45-24 record over the past two seasons, becoming only the 11th coach in ACC history to lead their team to two consecutive 20+ win seasons in their first two years.
According to Giglio, the financials of the contract will be the same, paying him $2.7 million annually.
Keatts’ contract now extends through the 2025-26 season.
NC State’s 2019-20 Men’s Basketball Schedule is HERE
CBS Picks NC State as 1 of 5 that Could Make a Run in March who Missed Dance in 2019
Matt Ward of CBSSports picked 5 schools that missed the NCAA Tournament in 2019, that could even make a run at the Final Four in 2020. In the past 9 years, 5 teams have made the Final Four who missed the Big Dance the year prior.
NC State was 1 of the 5 teams picked that could make a run.
NC State Wolfpack
After posting a 24-12 record last season, including a 9-9 record in the ACC and an ACC Tournament win over Clemson, the Wolfpack were on the outside looking in at the NCAA Tournament and will look to return this season. The selection committee didn’t exactly look highly on the Wolfpack’s’ record last season and they had to settle for an NIT bid, ultimately bowing out to Lipscomb. They finished 36th in the final NET rankings, and while 11 at-large bids went to teams ranked below them in the NET, there was just one team ranked above them also left out: NIT champion Texas.
The issue? NC State’s nonconference schedule was ranked dead last in all of Division I — that’s 353rd. The ACC offers a myriad of opportunities, but they didn’t take advantage against the likes of Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida State. The Wolfpack will need to get at least one of those games this season and their nonconference schedule will also be more challenging. Beyond traveling to Auburnand hosting Wisconsin, whom they played last season, they will travel to Greensboro to play UNC Greensboro and will play Memphis at Barclays Center.
Kevin Keatts brings back a wealth of talent, specifically in the backcourt, led by Markell Johnson. The senior point guard is one of the best in the country. C.J. Bryce, Braxton Beverly, and Devon Daniels are also key returners. Their biggest area of improvement will be in the frontcourt. Keatts struggled to find consistency there last season, but the additions of graduate transfers in 6-10 Danny Dixon (UMKC) and 6-8 forward Pat Andree (Lehigh) should reap rapid rewards. Both big men, especially Andree, can stretch out and make shots from 3-point range. Add redshirt freshman Immanuel Bates to the mix, and the Wolfpack frontcourt is much improved.
The Wolfpack are a serious candidate here to go from out to Atlanta. They have experience to couple with young talent led by incoming freshman Dereon Seabron and redshirt sophomore Atticus Taylor. Keatts’ pressing defense can cause difficulties for teams without much time to prepare. The difference maker is Johnson. He is an elite point guard who will have plenty of opportunities to lead the Pack to big wins this season. (CBS)
Ironically, one of the other 5 teams was Memphis, who NC State will be playing in non-conference play in the Barclays Center Classic.
NC State Women’s Basketball Ranks 15th in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25
Yesterday ESPN released their Way-Too-Early College Basketball Women’s Preseason Top-25, and NC State impressively sat at #15.
15. NC State Wolfpack
The Wolfpack overcame myriad major injuries to have one of the most successful seasons in program history. If health can be restored, NC State should again be in the mix near the top of the ACC. Point guard Kaila Ealey missed all of last season after a knee injury in October 2018. If she can return to form, senior Aislinn Konig can return to playing off the ball, where her 3-point shooting will be more of a threat. Getting guard Grace Hunter, who was the team’s leading scorer before a season-ending knee injury in January, back to 100 percent will give coach Wes Moore a versatile backcourt to put around budding star Elissa Cunane in the middle. The 6-foot-5 sophomore could be one of the best post players in the country. (ESPN)
ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25
- Oregon State
- South Carolina
- Mississippi State
- Texas A&M
- Florida State
- NC State
- Arizona State
- Notre Dame
- Michigan State
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