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Joe Giglio is back on the NC State beat for the N&O

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A cryptic tweet yesterday, by the N&O’s Joe Giglio hinted at his return to covering the NC State beat.

(#45 was Jordan’s number when he returned to the Bulls)

Today, the rumors have been confirmed by Joe himself…

Giglio, an NC State alumnus and sports writer for the N&O, was taken off the Wolfpack sports beat this past season and replaced by newcomer Steve Wiseman. Usually, fans wouldn’t have a problem with a shakeup like this, but Giglio was a fan favorite for his quality coverage and his ability to keep his finger on the pulse of a fanbase that the News & Observer had misunderstood for years prior. Add in the fact that some old tweets were unearthed that showed Wiseman having some less than complimentary words for Wolfpack fans, and you can see why this became a thing.

In fact, NC State fans made their voices heard loud and clear when this move was initially announced. We won’t link all the tweets here, but just hit twitter and do a quick search to see what the NC State fans had to say to their local paper about the move.

It wasn’t pretty.

Now, with all ACC teams eliminated from contention, the N&O has decided to do a reset. Actually, I wouldn’t say the N&O decided anything. Wolfpack Nation made this decision for them by voicing their demands and letting their hometown paper know who they want covering their team.

And while this win for Wolfpack Nation may never be fully admitted by the paper, it ends up a win/win on both sides. NC State fans get the coverage they want from their hometown paper and the N&O sells more subscriptions to State fans.

Welcome back, Joe!

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Andy Katz Ranks NC State’s Markell Johnson as the #4 Player in the ACC

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NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released a podcast two days ago previewing the 2019-20 ACC Men’s Basketball season, and he thinks that NC State Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson is the 4th best player in the conference.

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Here’s what Katz had to say about Johnson in the Top-10 breakdown on the podcast.

“He’s a stat stuffer. If NC State goes to the NCAA Tournament, Markell Johnson will lead them. At ACC Media Day told me that he needs to come more out of his shell. He knows that. To be much more demonstrative. Kevin Keatts is putting it on him to become a player like that.” (Katz)

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NC State Being Sued by N&O, WRAL, ABC11 & NY Times

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According to Will Doran of the N&O, the News & Observer, WRAL, ABC11, and the New York Times have filed a lawsuit against NC State for refusing to turn over records related to Dennis Smith Jr. and the NCAA’s investigation into the Men’s Basketball program.

The article claims that for the past two years, the university has been “knowingly and intentionally violating the law by refusing to turn over public records.” Specifically, documentation of electronic communication and phone records have been denied according to the report.

After the release of the article, a spokesperson of the university reached out to Doran last night to inform him that they had “not seen or been served with the lawsuit and would wait to comment until officials have reviewed it.” The spokesperson also had this to say in a statement:

“N.C. State has released thousands of pages of documents and has acted in good faith and transparency throughout the federal and NCAA investigations,” the spokesperson said. “In addition, the university was prepared to release extensive phone records, but that release has been blocked by a temporary court order.” (N&O)

You can read Doran’s article in full here.

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3 NC State Women’s Basketball Players Earn Preseason Honors

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The Blue Ribbon Panel and Head Coaches released their Preseason All-ACC Teams today, and NC State Sophomore Center Elissa Cunane and Senior Guard Aislinn Konig both earned honors.

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Cunane made both teams, while Konig only made the Head Coaches team.

In her first season, Cunane averaged 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, and was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team. Konig averaged 10.7 points and 3.8 assists per game as a Junior, shooting 40.1% from three-point range. Her 214 career three-pointers ranks 5th in program history, and her 93 three-pointers made last year broke her record from the year before (91) for trifecta’s made in a single season.

NC State has had at least one player earn 1st Team All-ACC honors at seasons end the past three years.

Freshman Guard Jakia Brown-Turner made the Newcomer Watch List for both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the Head Coaches.

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Brown-Turner was a McDonald’s All-American, and the #15 player in the 2019 recruiting class according to ESPN.

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NC State Women’s Basketball Picked to Finish 2nd in the ACC in 2019-20

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The NC State Women’s Basketball team was picked to finish 2nd in the ACC in both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the Head Coaches 2019-20 Preseason Polls.

The Wolfpack picked up 8 first place votes in the Blue Ribbon Panel poll, and 2 in the Head Coaches Poll.

The last time NC State finished 2nd place or better in the ACC was the 1989-90 season, when the Wolfpack won the regular season. They finished tied for 2nd in 1997-98 and 1990-91, but were #3 seeds in the ACC Tournament.

Wolfpack Head Coach Wes Moore has either matched or exceeded expectations in all 6 of his seasons thus far in Raleigh. If he were to do so for the 7th consecutive season, he would take NC State to places it hasn’t been in almost 30 years.

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