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NC State vs. #14 West Virginia Likely Won’t Be Rescheduled

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As reported earlier, the NC State vs. #14 West Virginia football game will not be played this Saturday.

Even though the game was cancelled for this Saturday, the official release didn’t guarantee that it was cancelled entirely. Rescheduling the game still seemed to be on the table as a possibility, even if it was a small one.

West Virginia’s Athletic Director Shane Lyons held a press conference yesterday explaining why the likelihood of making this game happen in 2018 is very unlikely.

“I will not be scheduling a game during our bye week,” he explained. “Anybody who understands football knows I’m not going to play a game on Saturday and then turn around and play a game on Thursday night. That’s not an option for me, especially when our opponent has a week-and-a-half to prepare.”

“As for Dec. 1, I plan on being in Dallas (for the Big 12 Championship game),” he said.  (Link)

Bye Week Breakdown

  • NC State’s bye week is October 13th, and West Virginia’s is October 20th.
  • West Virginia has Iowa St. on the schedule for October 13th.
  • NC State has Clemson on the schedule for October 20th.

Lyons is unwilling to schedule a game on October 20th because the Mountaineers have a big matchup against Baylor the following Thursday. NC State plays Clemson on the 20th anyway.

WOWK reported yesterday that a source said that one possibility could be for West Virginia to move their football game with Iowa State to October 18th, still giving them a week before Baylor. This would free up the two teams to play on NC State’s scheduled bye week. Giving up their bye week is no small thing for the Wolfpack, because it is the week before their matchup against Clemson. Also, for this to happen, Iowa St. would have to be willing to be flexible as well. To throw another wrench into that possibility, the North Carolina State Fair is in town that week, making this next to impossible.

December 1st is a possibility, but both teams obviously are dreaming they won’t be available, because they will be playing for a conference championship that weekend. If it becomes clear that neither team will be playing for a conference championship, it will be interesting to see if the schools make this happen on this weekend.

At the end of the day, it is nearly impossible to see a scenario where this game gets played in 2018, but NC State is still scheduled to go to West Virginia next year.

 

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NC State vs. UVA Kickoff Set for 12:20

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NC State’s home game vs. Virginia on September 29th will kickoff at 12:20pm on Raycom.

I know that the Noon(ish) game is dreaded by many, and it can lead to scorchers (see James Madison and Georgia State), but the Wolfpack has won their last 8 games before 1pm.

2018

9/1/18 – Noon – James Madison (H) – 24-13
9/8/18 – 12:30 – Georgia State (H) – 41-7

2017

9/16/17 – 12:20 – Furman (H)- 49-16
9/23/17 – Noon – #11 FSU (A) – 27-21
9/30/17 – 12:20 – Syracuse (H) – 33-25
10/14/17 – Noon – Pitt (A) – 35-17
11/11/17 – Noon – Boston College (A) – 17-14

2016

11/25/17 – Noon – UNC (A) – 28-21

The last time NC State played UVA was back in 2012 in Raleigh with a 12:30 kickoff. Unfortunately, the Cavaliers defeated the Wolfpack 6-33 on Homecoming.

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NC State’s Marshall Connections

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NC State enters Saturday’s game with a few close ties to the Marshall football program.

Doc Holliday

The Thundering Herd’s head coach Doc Holliday was the Wide Receiver’s Coach at NC State from 2000-04. He also served as the Associate Head Coach. Holliday groomed Koren Robinson and Jerricho Cotchery, who ended up being two of the Top-5 receivers in school history. Doc’s receivers and Philip Rivers set the single single season for Total Yards and Passing Yards in a single season in 2003. He was obviously a part of the 2002 team that won 11 games, which is also the highest mark in school history.

Holliday has been the head coach at Marshall since 2010. He has led the Thundering Herd to 5 bowl games in 8 seasons, that resulted in 5 bowl victories. In 2013, Holliday led Marshall to a 10-4 record, and to a Conference USA Conference Championship game, but The Herd lost to Rice 24-41.

The very next year, Holliday and his Marshall squad go their revenge, defeating Louisiana Tech 26-23, to claim their first ever Conference USA Championship. The Herd finished the 2014 season with a record of 13-1, which landed them at #22 on the Final Coaches Poll.

In 2015, Marshall won 10+ wins (10-3) for the third straight season under Holliday.

Last year Holliday was able to help The Herd bounce back from a down year in 2016 (3-9), finishing with an 8-5 record, and a bowl victory over Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl.

George Barlow

NC State Cornerbacks coach George Barlow played his collegiate football career at Marshall (1986-90), and even earned all-conference honors as a Safety. He still holds the record for most interceptions in a single game, taking three balls away from East Tennessee State in 1989. Barlow was a part of the Marshall team in 1987 that went to the IAA National Championship game, losing to Louisiana Monroe by one point.

After graduation, Barlow became a graduate assistant within the football program, but after one season, he became the Linebackers Coach at Marshall. He served in this role for two seasons before heading off to a slew of different positions at different schools, before landing at NC State.

Barlow was once a coach of two of NC State’s 1st three opponents in 2018, also serving as an assistant coach at James Madison from 1999-2008.

 

 

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RELEASE: Wolfpack to Participate in Florence Relief and Recovery Efforts

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RALEIGH, N.C. – In response to the devastating flooding, damage and loss suffered by the state of North Carolina, our communities and citizens following Hurricane Florence, NC State Athletics is joining the University’s overall efforts to aid in relief and recovery in a variety of ways.

On Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Wolfpack’s Parents and Families Day football game vs. Virginia, items of need will be collected at the entrance gates to Carter-Finley Stadium and at the Lowes Foods Fan Zone in front of PNC Arena. More details on the most needed items will be released prior to the game.

This year’s Primetime with the Pack basketball event will be a ticketed event with all after-tax ticket proceeds going to disaster relief. More details about this event will be released in the coming days.

NC State Athletics is also involved in a number of other relief efforts:


  • Donation of new adidas merchandise to those in need, in partnership with adidas.
  • Carter-Finley Stadium has been used as a staging area for Duke Energy and The Finley Fieldhouse was used by power crews to shower and rest between shifts.
  • GoTriangle is partnering with WRAL and the United Way to stage a Storm Relief Bus in the parking lot of the Close-King Indoor Practice Facility. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off on Thursday, between 7 am and 6 pm.
  • NC State’s athletic facilities are being made available to regional universities and schools for teams displaced or impacted by the hurricane.


Fans who would like to make financial contributions may give directly to NC State University’s Student Emergency Fund, which was established to address the needs of current NC State students, or to the governor’s Disaster Relief Fund.
Fans can also volunteer for relief and recovery efforts at the State of North Carolina’s volunteer website.

Please check GoPack.com and @PackAthletics on Twitter for updates on all relief efforts supported by NC State Athletics.

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WATCH: 4-star QB transfer Bailey Hockman Video Vault

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In case you missed it, NC State landed a big commitment from FSU transfer Bailey Hockman on Monday.

Here is a treasure trove of the best of his highlight reels from both college and high school…

Florida State spring game (Hockman led the Garnet squad with 203 yards passing and a touchdown)

FSU Skills video

Hockman interview on the transition to college…

Highlight from senior year (Corky Kell Classic)

Junior year highlights

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