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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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NC State Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier

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George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.

Kier was granted a fifth year of eligibility after missing all but 9 games last season due to injury. He was expected to arguably be George Mason’s best returning player next year, averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, earning All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team honors.

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NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer

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According to Rivals’ Corey Evans, NC State has reached out to UAB Transfer Forward Makhtar Guyer (6’10″/210), after he announced he was transferring on Friday.

Guyer has one year of eligibility remaining. Last year as a Junior at UAB, Guyer averaged 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, starting in 27 of 31 games.

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NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP

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NC State has accepted the recommendation to move their violation’s case from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

“We’ve stated throughout this process that NC State will accept accountability for any shortcomings and defend ourselves aggressively where we feel it is appropriate and necessary to do so,” Woodson wrote in a statement released by the school on Wednesday. “As our response to the Referral Petition demonstrates, we do not think NC State can receive an objective or fair hearing before the Committee on Infractions in this matter. We believe the only remaining option is that our case be moved to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

“NC State has a long history of working cooperatively with the NCAA, and we remain committed to working collaboratively through the IARP to address concerns and to resolve this matter as fairly and efficiently as possible.” (WRAL)

The IARP is made up of decision makers that are investigators and legal advocates that are independent of any NCAA teams.

The difference between the traditional process, and the IARP, is that the latter’s decision is final, unable to be appealed.

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Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket

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In the absence of the NCAA Tournament, Fox College Hoops has created a 64-team bracket to determine the best fanbase of Men’s Basketball teams.

They determined 60 of the contestants based of the Men’s Basketball teams with the most Twitter followers. The final four were determined by the highest rated teams not yet selected according to the NET Rankings.

The winner of each matchup is determined by fan vote, obviously.

NC State’s Men’s Basketball fans were given a #8 seed in the East Bracket.

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The winner of the bracket, will earn quite a gift. Fox College Hoops will place a billboard of that team in close proximity to their rival.

Go ahead and vote for NC State to beat Alabama in the 1st round right now.

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