Yikes. The criticisms of Dave Doeren’s tenure at NC State have been getting louder and louder within the Wolfpack fan base, however they seemed to quiet down a bit after a near upset over #3 ranked Clemson just two weeks ago. But a blowout loss to Louisville and an embarrassing home loss to Boston College now have the volume of those critics at full blast.
On Sunday, Luke DeCock of the News & Observer laid out a pretty devastating piece on Doeren, in which he says the following…
“Doeren has blamed the fans (after his first game!), the officials, his predecessor, the opposition and, most of all, his own players over and over again for failing to execute apparently impeccable game plans. Even when he tried to shoulder blame Saturday, he couldn’t help doling it out instead.
Whether he realizes it or not, Doeren is cooked at N.C. State. Between the terrible losses and the incessant finger-pointing, he has few allies left. But it would cost N.C. State unavailable millions to buy out Doeren’s contract, and athletic director Debbie Yow would prefer not to saddle her successor with a new coach after she is expected to retire in the summer of 2019. All of which means Doeren would really have to force her hand – and at 3-11 in ACC home games he’s certainly giving it his best shot.”
And while the point he’s making is that Doeren won’t be let go midseason, he is saying that he feels there is no chance he makes out of this offseason as the coach of the Wolfpack.
“Saturday, after a loss that transcended the boundaries of what is acceptable at N.C. State, there was only one direction to point any fingers. This is Doeren’s program, and in his fourth season, it just isn’t good enough.”
Whether you are a Doeren fan or not, this season, one where NC State was supposed to take a step forward, has been disappointing. Will Debbie Yow wait it out one more season to see if Doeren can turn the corner, or has he already overstayed his welcome?
NC State’s 2023 Football Schedule has Arrived!
NC State’s 2023 Football schedule was released yesterday.
- NC State will play all three in-state ACC rivals: UNC, Duke and Wake Forest
- NC State has two Friday night games back to back: UVA & Louisville
- NC State will play Quarterback Brennan Armstrong’s former team UVA on 9/22.
- NC State will host Notre Dame for the 2nd time ever, and will face a familiar face in former Wake Forest Quarterback Sam Hartman.
- In the first year without Divisions in the ACC, 5 of NC State’s 8 conference opponents will be teams that were in the Coastal Division last year: UVA, UNC, Miami, Duke, VT.
- The three former Atlantic Division opponents are: Clemson, Wake Forest and Louisville
NC State’s 2023 Football Recruiting Class has the Most 4-Star Players in the Dave Doeren Era
NC State’s 2023 football recruiting class is currently ranked 30th nationally by ON3, but I think you can make an argument that this could be Dave Doeren’s best class since he’s been in Raleigh.
Currently, 9 of the 18 players that make up the class (not including collegiate transfers) are 4-star prospects. You would think a class that included 9 4-star prospects would be ranked higher than 30th, but the reason it isn’t, is because different recruiting services rank players differently.
This is the most 4-star players that Doeren has ever had in a single class.
2023 – 9
2022 – 7
2021 – 8
2020 – 3
2019 – 7
2018 – 6
2017 – 4
2016 – 2
2015 – 5
2014 – 6
2013 – 2
4-Star Players in the Wolfpack’s 2023 Recruiting Class
Safety Daemon Fagan (247, ON3, Rivals & ESPN)
Tight End Javonte Vereen (ON3 & ESPN)
Safety Zack Myers (247 & Rivals)
Running Back Kendrick Raphael (ESPN & Rivals)
JUCO Defensive Lineman Jykeveous Hibbler (ESPN)
JUCO Safety Bishop Fitzgerald (ON3)
Offensive Lineman Darion Rivers (ON3)
Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion (Rivals)
Cornerback Brandon Cisse (ON3)
Former NC State Defensive End Claude Larkins Commits to FIU
Former NC State Defensive End Claude Larkins has committed to play for Florida International University.
— FIU Football (@FIUFootball) January 17, 2023
On January 1st, Larkins made it official that he was entering the Transfer Portal.
Larkins only played 11 snaps in 1 game this season (Charleston Southern), and recorded 1 tackle. In 2021, he played 16 snaps in 1 game and recorded 2 tackles.
He was a 3-star recruit out of Hollywood, Florida, in the 2020 recruiting class, so heading to Miami puts him at around an hour from his hometown.
Larkins has three years of eligibility remaining.
NC State will Host Notre Dame for their 2023 Football Home Opener
It’s official. NC State’s football home opener will be against Notre Dame next Fall.
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) January 18, 2023
The Wolfpack defense will see a familiar face across the line of scrimmage throwing the pigskin. Former Wake Forest Quarterback Sam Hartman transferred to play for the Irish for his final year of eligibility.
This will mark the 4th time Hartman has faced NC State in his career.
Notre Dame finished the 2022 season ranked 18th in the AP Poll, with a 9-4 record.
This will mark the 4th time the Wolfpack have played the Irish, and the second time at home. The other time Notre Dame came to Raleigh, NC State won 10-3 in a hurricane. The Wolfpack have won 2 of their 3 games against the Irish.
The Wolfpack’s other non-conference opponents in 2023 will be at UCONN, and VMI and Marshall at home.