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NC State’s Fanbase Impressive in Light of Championship Drought

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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.

 

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J. Cole Wears NC State Baseball Jersey in New Music Video

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Rapper J. Cole released the music video to his new song “Under the Sun” yesterday, and he is wearing an NC State baseball jersey in it. Cole, a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, has been a frequent visitor at NC State since Dennis Smith Jr. came to Raleigh in 2016. He attended quite a few of Smith’s games in PNC Arena.

Since then, Cole has continued to come back to Raleigh, and has played quite a few games of pick-up basketball in the Dail Center.

You can buy the jersey that J Cole is wearing online at the Red and White Shop, but currently every size is sold out besides 3XL.

(Warning: The music video below has explicit language)

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BA: NC State’s Thayer Thomas Ranks as College Football’s 4th Best Baseball Player

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Baseball America recently ranked College Football’s best Baseball players, and NC State Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas ranked 4th.

4. Thayer Thomas, North Carolina State

Thomas had a big redshirt freshman year for the Wolfpack. In the fall, he was a backup wide receiver and caught 34 passes for 383 yards and three touchdowns, while also serving as NC State’s punt returner. In the spring, the outfielder hit .222/.364/.500 in 14 games and got drafted in the 33rd round by the Red Sox. He turned down Boston’s offer, however, and will continue as a dual-sport athlete at NC State. The former walk-on is now listed as a starter at wide receiver on the Wolfpack’s depth chart as NC State prepares to open its season against East Carolina. (BA)

Baseball America’s Top-10 Baseball Players that also play College Football

  1. Maurice Hampton, LSU
  2. Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
  3. Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
  4. Thayer Thomas, NC State
  5. Lucas Krull, Florida
  6. John Rhys Plumlee, Ole Miss
  7. Justin Fields, Ohio State
  8. Feleipe Franks, Florida
  9. Trevon Flowers, Tennessee
  10. Jake Fromm, Georgia

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Six of NC State’s Eight Draft Picks Have Signed With MLB Teams

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Obviously Junior Shortstop Will Wilson and Senior 1st Basemen Evan Edwards signed their Major League Baseball contracts after being taken in the 2019 Draft.

Wilson was drafted 15th overall by the Angels, and couldn’t turn that down, and Edwards was out of eligibility at the collegiate level, signing with the Marlins after being drafted in the 4th round.

In total, NC State’s Baseball team produced 7 draft picks this summer, which tied for the 9th most in College Baseball.

Outside of Wilson and Edwards, 4 Junior NC State Pitchers also signed their Major League contracts.

Jason Parker (Reds) and Andrew Blake (Angels) signed on June 11th, Alec Barger (Atlanta Braves) signed on June 17th, and Michael Bienlien (Detroit Tigers) signed on June 23rd.

Redshirt Freshman Outfileder Thayer Thomas (Round 33/Red Sox) and Sophomore Left Handed Pitcher Evan Justice (Round 39/ Marlins) are the only two Wolfpack players drafted that didn’t signed a contract. The deadline was July 12th.

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NC State Produced the 9th Most Draft Picks in 2019

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The 2019 College Baseball season is over, but let’s take a moment to highlight the fact that NC State produced the 9th most picks in the 2019 MLB Draft this year. The 8 Wolfpack Draftees ties for 2nd all-time in school history (2017 & 2006), just one shy of the 9 selected in 2009.

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JR SS Will Wilson – 1st Round/15th Overall – Nationals

SR 1B Evan Edwards – 4th Round – Marlins

JR RHP Jason Parker – 16th Round – Reds

JR RHP Alex Barger – 17th Round – Braves

JR RHP Andrew Blake – 21st Round – Angels

JR RHP Michael Bienlien – 24th Round – Tigers

FR OF Thayer Thomas – 33rd Round – Red Sox

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