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ANALYSIS: NC State Fans Should Be Proud of Exponential Progress

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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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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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