RALEIGH, N.C. – The list of program firsts continues to grow for the NC State Wrestling team for the 2017-18 season, as the Wolfpack set a new attendance record for its five home duals this past season.
NC State led the ACC and ranked 12th nationally in averaging 1,868 fans per dual this past season. That mark is a new school record for attendance in a season.
“The many Wolfpack fans that continue to come out and watch us compete are such a vital part of the growth of this program,” said head coach Pat Popolizio. “Our fan base has grown tremendously over the last few years, and they help to make Reynolds Coliseum one of the best home venues in college wrestling.
“We are looking forward to the same type of environment this upcoming season, and many more to come.”
In addition to setting a new single season record for attendance, the 2018 season also provided a new single dual attendance record as 3,905 fans saw NC State battle Ohio State in the final regular season dual.
Other home highlights saw 2,147 fans come to Reynolds to watch NC State defeat rival North Carolina for the fifth straight season, while 1,394 were in attendance when the Pack clinched the ACC regular season title with a win over Virginia Tech the last weekend of the season.
On the national level, after a record 19 schools attracted more than 1000 per match last season, 23 did so this year, setting a new standard for college wrestling. Eleven programs cracked 2000, up from the previous record of nine that did so in 2015-16.
CBS: NC State’s Athletic Department Ranked 15th in 2017-18
CBS just released their rankings of the Top 124 athletic programs of the 2017-18 athletic year, and NC State ranked 15th. Ironically, using a different formula, NC State also finished 15th in the final Director’s Cup standings. Here’s a breakdown of the formula that CBS uses:
We rate every FBS school in three sports — football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball — along with two “wild cards” among the school’s most successful spectator sports: baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse, hockey and wrestling.
The weighted formula puts 2.5 times as much emphasis on football compared to women’s basketball and the “wild cards;” men’s basketball is worth twice as many points. Teams that did not finish in the final AP Top 25 in football but played in a bowl were awarded 62.5 points (25 x 2.5). Teams that made the NIT were given 20 points (10 x 2), while WNIT teams received 10 points. For all titles settled via bracket, point totals were based upon how many teams participated. All champions in the other sports received 100 points for a national title. For example: Florida State received 100 points in softball, while the second-place finisher received 90 points. (CBS)
NC State Finishes 15th in Final Directors’ Cup Standings
The final Directors’ Cup Standings were repressed this morning, and NC State finished 15th, which is the best finish in school history.
In fact, NC State has never finished in the Top-25 since the Directors’ Cup began in 1993. The highest they have ever finished was 27th in 2014-15.
NC State’s History in the Directors’ Cup
93-94 : 59th
94-95 : 32nd
95-96 : 34th
96-97 : 57th
97-98 : 43rd
98-99 : 63rd
99-00 : 40th
00-01 : 56th
01-02 : 46th
02-03 : 43rd
03-04 : 39th
04-05 : 51st
05-06 : 34th
06-07 : 44th
07-08 : 56th
09-10 : 89th
Debbie Yow takes over as Athletic Director
10-11 : 67th
12-13 : 34th
13-14 : 41st
14-15 : 27th
For a more in depth look at the progress of NC State’s Athletic Program, check out this.
NC State Has the #19 Best Undergrad Program for Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur magazine ranked the Top-25 schools with the best undergraduate programs for entrepreneurs, and NC State ranked 19th.
Here’s what they had to say about NC State:
The entrepreneurship center at North Carolina State University was established in 2008. It currently offers 28 entrepreneurship-related undergraduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 66 companies and have collectively raised over $222.5 million in funding. Over the last 10 years, its graduates have started 82 companies and have collectively raised over $257 million in funding.
During the 2016-17 academic year North Carolina State University students won $42,000 in prize money at competitions they participated in.
Fifty-nine percent of its undergraduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business, and 45 individual mentors worked with students through an officially sponsored school program. (Entrepreneur)
ANALYSIS: NC State Fans Should Be Proud of Exponential Progress
As the end of the 2017-18 athletic year comes to an end, when you simply look at the data, you can’t miss the fact that NC State’s athletic program as a whole continues to make massive strides in the right direction.
With one sport (Baseball) left to finalize the 2017-18 Directors’ Cup Final Standings, NC State sits in 15th place nationally. The Directors’ Cup, which began in 1993, calculates the best overall college athletic programs in the country. For starters, as you see below, NC State’s athletic program has moved from 89th nationally in 2010, to likely finishing in the Top-15 in 2018. That number only becomes more impressive when you consider the fact that NC State ranked 48th out of 65 Power 5 schools in expenses this year. NC State doesn’t have deep pockets like many of the Power 5 schools do, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming one of the elite athletic programs nationally.
As you see in the chart below, even though NC State’s expenses rank 48th out of 65 Power 5 schools, the expenses have increased by $36.9 million since 2010, and the Operating Revenue by $34.9 million. Financially, things are continuing to head in the right direction, and the more they do so, the possibilities of increased success in each individual sport continues to rise as well.
Sure, NC State fans want ACC Championships, as well they should, but the Wolfpack fan base should also be extremely proud of the work the student athletes are producing in the classroom. As you can see in the chart below, in 2010 NC State had 4 Academic All-Americans in the entire Athletic Program. In 2018, that number jumped to 53, which is an increase of 1,225%.
For the first time ever, the cumulative average GPA for all of NC State’s athletes combined is over 3.0.
The Graduation Success Rate for the Wolfpack Athletic Program in 2017-18 is 85%, which is the highest in NC State history.
Lets move our attention back from the academics to the athletic. NC State had 6 coaches win Coach of the Year Awards this year for the second consecutive year. Only 1 coach won such an award in 2010, with none doing so in 2011.
This year 12 NC State athletes were National Champions, which once again, is the highest mark in school history.
Seventy-Five Wolfpack athletes were Competitive All-Americans this season. As you look at the chart below, that number was in the single digits in 2010 and 2011. Once again, an all-time high.
For the third consecutive year, 3 NC State sports took home conference championships (Gymnastics, Men’s Swimming and Women’s Cross Country).
11 NC State sports finished in the Top-25 in the Final Rankings, which is yet again, another all-time high. We will have to wait and see if Baseball lands in the Top-25 in the Final Rankings, bringing that number to 12.
NC State Athletic Director Debbie Yow has this ship heading in the right direction. That isn’t anecdotal. The data is there to prove it.
(Thanks to Fred Demarest, NC State’s Senior Associate Athletics Director/Communications and Brand Management, for providing the charts used in this piece)
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