The News & Observer’s Joe Giglio did some in depth research into NC State’s conference championship drought (Football, Basketball and Baseball), and the results are downright staggering.
When it comes to the Big Three Sports, NC State hasn’t won a conference championship (Regular Season or Tournament) since 1992, when the Wolfpack won the ACC Baseball Championship. That’s 25 years.
The next longest championship drought in the ACC is owned by Boston College. It’s been 13 years since the Golden Eagles won the Big East Regular Season Title in 2005.
In fact, NC State owns the longest Conference Championship drought among the 65 Power 5 Schools. Trailing behind with the 2nd longest drought is Northwestern, earning its last Conference Championship in Football in 2000.
Here’s a complete look at the last conference championship in Football, Basketball and Baseball for all 65 Power 5 Schools. 59 of the 65 Power 5 schools have at least a piece of a Conference Championship since 2010.
Growing up an NC State fan, I’ve always heard that our fanbase’s hunger for a Championships is delusional. That we are irrational and unrealistic.
The above data proves otherwise.
NC State fans have every right to expect championships, in some degree of regularity. Every other Power 5 has won them.
We aren’t out of our minds. We know we SHOULD have been hanging banners over the past couple of decades, and haven’t. We shouldn’t settle for mediocrity.
In fact, it’s not even settling for mediocrity. It’s settling for below average when you look at the data.
With all of this being said, I would like to point out how impressive the NC State fan base is. Despite the conference championship drought, the loyalty of the Wolfpack fans is tremendous.
NC State has ranked in the Top-25 nationally in attendance for Men’s Basketball every single season since 2000. Last year they ranked 10th, averaging 15,906 per game.
For the past three seasons, NC State Football has ranked in the Top-25 in attendance calculated according to percentage of stadium capacity. Last year they ranked 17th in the nation, filling 98.7% of Carter-Finley each game.
The Wolfpack fanbase is resilient, and considering their attendance numbers despite the conference championship drought, there might not be a more loyal fanbase in the country.
Nick Swiney’s Gem Ranks as 3rd Best Pitching Performance in 2020
BaseballAmerica ranked the Top-25 pitching performances of the abbreviated 2020 College Baseball season, and NC State Junior Nick Swiney’s performance against Purdue back on February 29th ranked 3rd.
Swiney pitched 8 shutout innings (career high), gave up only 1 hit, and struck out 15. The 15 strikeouts were the most in a single game since Carlos Rodon in 2014 (15).
3. North Carolina State’s Nick Swiney vs. Purdue—Feb. 29
8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 15 K
The lefthander dominated the Boilermakers on just 98 pitches as part of a great month on the mound. In all four of his starts in 2020, Swiney threw at least six innings, and he struck out at least 11 batters in three of the four. (BA)
NCAA Grants Spring Athletes an Additional Year of Eligibility
The outbreak of Covid-19 resulted in Spring sports being cut short. As a result, the NCAA has officially voted to “allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.” (NCAA)
In a nutshell, here’s what this looks like:
- Financial Aid rules will be adjusted for teams to have more players on scholarship, due to incoming Freshmen, and players that decide to stay.
- School’s will have the ability to use the NCAA’s Student Assistance Fund to help pay for students who use the additional eligibility.
- 5-year clock (4 seasons in a 5 year period) receives a 1-year extension.
- Increased the roster limit in Baseball to accommodate.
- While players are given another year of eligibility, they aren’t guaranteed a roster spot. They could have to use it at another school.
NC State Spring Sports
Men’s & Women’s Golf
Men’s & Women’s Tennis
Outdoor Track & Field
NC State Catcher Patrick Bailey Named Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball
Collegiate Baseball released their 2020 College Baseball Preseason All-American teams yesterday, and NC State Junior Catcher Patrick Bailey was named to the 2nd Team.
LHP Reid Detmers, Louisville
RHP Kumar Rocker, Vanderbilt
RHP Mason Hickman, Vanderbilt
RHP Jeff Criswell, Michigan
LHP Asa Lacy, Texas A&M
Relief Holden Powell, UCLA
C Adrian Del Castillo, Miami (Fla.)
1B Tristan Peterson, New Mexico St.
1B Spencer Torkelson, Arizona St.
2B Nick Gonzales, New Mexico St.
3B Alex Binelas, Louisville
SS Austin Martin, Vanderbilt
OF Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas
OF Ethan Wilson, South Alabama
OF Chris Lanzilli, Wake Forest
DH Aaron Sabato, North Carolina
UT Alec Burleson, East Carolina
RHP Emerson Hancock, Georgia
RHP JT Ginn, Mississippi St.
RHP Brian Van Belle, Miami (Fla.)
RHP Trenton Denholm, U.C. Irvine
LHP Jake Mulholland, Oregon St.
RHP Collin Liberatore, Indiana St.
RHP Tanner Burns, Auburn
LHP Doug Nikhazy, Mississippi
LHP Hayes Heinecke, Wofford
RHP Drake Nightengale, South Alabama
LHP Seth Lonsway, Ohio St.
RHP CJ Van Eyk, Florida St.
Relief Tyler Brown, Vanderbilt
Relief Alek Jacob, Gonzaga
Relief Nick Frasso, Loyola Marymount
Relief Garrett Acton, Illinois
Relief Brett Barnett, South Dakota St.
C Patrick Bailey, N.C. State
C Austin Wells, Arizona
C Griffin Lockwood-Powell, Central Michigan
1B Bobby Seymour, Wake Forest
1B Alex Toral, Miami (Fla.)
2B Justin Foscue, Mississippi St.
2B Brian Klein, Texas Tech
3B Anthony Giachin, Army
SS Casey Martin, Arkansas
OF Garrett Mitchell, UCLA
OF Hudson Haskin, Tulane
OF Tanner Allen, Mississippi St.
UT Casey Schmitt, San Diego St.
RHP John Baker, Ball St.
RHP Cameron Brown, Central Michigan
RHP Zach Hester, Samford
RHP Kade Mechals, Grand Canyon
RHP Chance Hroch, New Mexico St.
LHP Jared Wetherbee, Elon
LHP Rodney Boone, U.C. Santa Barbara
Relief Willie Weiss, Michigan
Relief Jason Ruffcorn, Oklahoma
Relief Michael McGreevy, U.C. Santa Barbara
Relief Joe Kruszka, Albany
Relief Michael Kirian, Louisville
Relief Grant Leonard, Iowa
C Hunter Goodman, Memphis
C Alex Webb, Jacksonville St.
1B Liam Hibbits, Va. Commonwealth
1B Maxwell Costes, Maryland
1B Sonny DiChiara, Samford
1B Trevin Esquerra, Loyola Marymount
1B Cuba Bess, Grand Canyon
2B Cody Morissette, Boston College
2B Landon Stephens, Miami (Ohio)
2B Nate Fisbeck, McNeese St.
3B Tyler Keenan, Mississippi
3B Raymond Gil, Miami (Fla.)
SS Zavier Warren, Central Michigan
SS Jordan Westburg, Mississippi St.
SS Nick Loftin, Baylor
SS Tyler Wilber, S.E. Missouri St.
OF Daniel Cabrera, LSU
OF Jordan Nwogu, Michigan
OF Colton Cowser, Sam Houston St.
OF Mike Antico, St. John’s
UT Max Meyer, Minnesota (CB)
At the end of his Sophomore year, he earned 3rd Team All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball, and Freshman All-American honors the year before.
Last year, Bailey hit .288, with 68 hits, 17 doubles, 10 home runs and a .513 slugging percentage. Behind the plate, he committed just 5 errors in 476 chances for a .989 fielding percentage, throwing out 33 percent of the base runners attempting to steal.
Currently, MLB.com ranks Bailey as the #21 2020 MLB Draft prospect.
Also, congratulations are in order, because Bailey got engaged yesterday.
Forever & Always 💍🥂 pic.twitter.com/7KD1lvUNmU
— Leigha Bruce (@leighabruce_) December 19, 2019
NC State Baseball Ranks 16th in Collegiate Baseball’s 2020 Preseason Poll
Collegiate Baseball released their 2020 Preseason Poll, and NC State sits at #16.
The Wolfpack finished ranked 21st in the final Collegiate Baseball poll in 2019.
ACC Teams in the 2020 Preseason Collegiate Baseball Poll
16) NC State
17) Wake Forest