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RALEIGH, NC — An Olympic gold medalist, a No. 1 NFL Draft pick and four of the top performers in the first 50 years of the Atlantic Coast Conference highlight the 2020 class of the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame, along with a barrier-breaking athlete who changed the course of competition for both his school and conference.

The six-member class is the sixth overall since the establishment of the Hall of Fame in 2012 and will be inducted at a gala in Reynolds Coliseum on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

“The 2020 Hall of Fame class is made up of remarkable athletes who not only made significant contributions to their sports, but also had a historical impact on our campus and in the community,” said Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. “We look forward to celebrating and honoring their achievements at the induction gala next year.”

Irwin Holmes was a varsity tennis player during his college days under head coach John Kenfield Jr., but that’s not what made him special. As one of the school’s first four African American undergraduate students in the fall of 1956, the native of Durham, North Carolina, helped fully integrate the institution.

In 1957, he and Manuel Crockett became the first black athletes to participate in an ACC-sponsored event during a freshman indoor track meet against North Carolina. Holmes later joined the tennis team as a three-year varsity player. In 1960, he became the first African American captain of a varsity sport at an ACC school and the school’s first black graduate, when he received his degree in electrical engineering. He retired after a long career at RCA, IBM and other pioneering electronics companies. NC State dedicated Holmes Hall, previously known as the University College Commons, in his honor during Homecoming 2018.

Mario Williams, the first player in ACC history to be selected as the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, was a dominating force for Chuck Amato’s Wolfpack defense from 2003-05. He set school records for single-game, single-season and career sacks and tackles for loss and is still the school leader in three of those categories. A two-time All-ACC performer, Freshman All-American and then first-team All-American, the Richlands, North Carolina native, was a key reason the Wolfpack led the nation in total defense in 2004. 

After being drafted by the Houston Texans, Williams went on to become a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time All-Pro while playing for the Texans, Bills and Dolphins. He set a Buffalo Bills franchise record with 4.5 sacks in a game. In his eight-year NFL career, he recorded 97.5 sacks.

One of the most decorated players in the history of NC State men’s soccer, Henry Gutierrez led the Wolfpack to the Final Four and the ACC Tournament title in 1990, while being named tournament MVP. The three-time All-American still ranks fifth in school history in points (114), seventh in goals (41) and fourth in assists (32). He was named to the ACC’s 50thanniversary team.

The Hoboken, New Jersey native, who grew up in Miami, was twice named ACC Player of the Year – one of only five players in conference history to win the honor multiple times.

He earned one cap as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, but played 87 games with the MLS Miami Fusion. He currently lives in the Triangle and is a coach for the North Carolina FC Academy.

Considered the nation’s top defender during her collegiate career, Thori Staples Bryan led the Wolfpack to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a school-record 19 wins. The only four-time All-ACC performer in program history, she was named Soccer America’s Freshman of the Year and ACC Rookie of the Year in 1992, and the North Carolina Female Athlete of the Year in 1994. 

A member of the ACC 50thAnniversary Team, Staples played for the U.S. National Team from 1992-99, for the 1995 FIFA World Cup team, and was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team.  She played for WUSA’s San Jose CyberRays from 2001-04 and helped her team win the league title in 2001. Following her successful playing career, she now operates the Thori Bryan Soccer Academy in Wake Forest, North Carolina. 

John Sadri’s collegiate career may be best remembered for a single match, but his career performance is one of the best in the history of the NC State men’s tennis program. A two-time ITA All-American (1977, ’78), Sadri won two ACC singles titles and two ACC doubles titles – all at No. 1 in the lineup. He still owns the top singles and doubles winning percentages in school history (.860 and .849 respectively) and led the Wolfpack to the 1978 ACC team title. 

But it was a match he lost that remains legendary in college tennis. At the 1978 NCAA Championships in Athens, Georgia, Sadri competed against a freshman from Stanford named John McEnroe in what is still considered one of the top amateur matches ever played. Only one point separated the two players after five sets (144-143). 

Sadri reached as high as No. 14 in the world professional tennis rankings in 1980 and went on to win two professional singles and two professional doubles titles. He was the runner-up in singles at the 1979 Australian Open and finished second twice in doubles at that event. He was also named to the ACC’s 50thAnniversary Team. A retired teaching professional, Sadri lives in his hometown of Charlotte.

David Fox is among the most prolific performers in the storied history of NC State Swimming.  He won championships at every level during his career, as a seven-time ACC champion, an NCAA champion and an Olympic gold medalist. The three-time All America selection (1990, ’91, ’93) was named ACC Swimmer of the Year in 1993 after winning the national title in the 50 freestyle and was twice named ACC meet MVP (1991, ’93).

Another member of the ACC’s 50thAnniversary team, Fox won gold at the 1996 Centennial Olympics in Atlanta as a member of the 4×100 freestyle relay team. He held the NC State record in the 100 freestyle for 19 years before it was broken in 2012. . A member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (2016), Fox resides in Atlanta where he works as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs.

Tickets for the 2020 Hall of Fame event will go on sale at a later date. Stay tuned to GoPack.comfor more information.

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NC State Adds Beer Sales to Carter-Finley Stadium, Procedures and Policies Announced



NC State has formalized procedures and polices related to the addition of beer sales within public areas of Carter-Finley Stadium in advance of the Wolfpack’s season-opener on August 31.

The NC State University Board of Trustees approved the necessary revisions to the university’s alcohol policies on July 10, allowing for the sale of beer in Athletic venues. From that point, multiple NC State departments began the process of collaboratively determining logistics for sales at Carter-Finley Stadium with the priority of providing a safe, positive experience for all attendees.

“We have one of the great game day environments in college football, our fans fill the stands each year and this is another way to enhance the experience for a segment of our audience at Carter-Finley Stadium,” said Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. “That said, we want to make sure we do this responsibly, with fan safety and an enjoyable fan experience in mind. This is something that can continue to evolve but we have taken what we feel are the appropriate measures to implement this for the upcoming season.”

Key items on game day beer sales:

  • Beer will be sold at new stations in the four corners of Carter-Finley Stadium – separate from existing food and beverage concessions. These lines will be limited to beer, water, peanuts and one hard seltzer product. There will be between 40-50 points of sale on the concourse.
  • Following the lead of several professional and college venues and recommendations of industry professionals, NC State’s plan is to initially sell beer in cans and/or plastic bottles only – not on draft. Containers are easier to transport, stock and keep cold, and can be served to fans faster, reducing line wait times.
  • Fans will need to show legal identification proving they are 21 years of age or over each time they purchase a beer. Anyone appearing under the age of 30 will be subject to ID check and will be required to wear a wristband.
  • Per state law, customers will be sold one beer per person per ID per purchase.
  • Everyone serving beer in the stadium will be a certified and properly trained server.
  • Beer will not be sold to anyone appearing to be intoxicated.
  • Beer sales will begin when general stadium gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff and stop at the end of the third quarter.
  • No beer container may be brought in or out of the stadium, including empty containers.
  • Officials will be added to monitor fan safety and behavior inside the stadium.
  • NC State is not planning to sell wine this season.

Beer selections and pricing will be communicated at a later time. The sale of beer at Carter-Finley Stadium does not impact the existing stadium re-entry policy (pass-outs), which remain in place.

Policies and procedures will be subject to change and modification as this process evolves. Plans for beer and wine sales at additional NC State venues continue to be evaluated.

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PFF Ranks NC State Football 22nd in 2019 Preseason Top-25



ProFootballFocus released their 2019 Preseason Top-25 today, and they think a lot more of NC State than the AP voters. The Wolfpack didn’t receive a single vote in the Preseason AP Poll that was released today, but PFF ranks them 22nd.

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. Notre Dame
  5. LSU
  6. Ohio State
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Michigan
  9. Florida
  10. Auburn
  11. Penn State
  12. Texas
  13. Iowa
  14. Texas A&M
  15. Washington
  16. Mississippi State
  17. Missouri
  18. Kentucky
  19. Stanford
  20. Utah
  21. Wisconsin
  22. NC State
  23. Syracuse
  24. Michigan State
  25. Miami
22. North Carolina State

The Wolfpack will be breaking in a new quarterback and offensive coordinator to start 2019. Although not set in stone, Matt McKay seems to be in the lead to start Week 1. Outside of some mop-up spots in 2018, little has been charted on McKay. Their schedule sets up relatively well with over seven wins in play if you are comfortable with the potential push.  (PFF)

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ECU’s Mike Houston Says Bet on ECU Against the Wolfpack in Week 1



East Carolina’s new head coach Mike Houston is feeling all kinds of bold heading in to the season opener against NC State.

Last year, the Wolfpack molly whopped the Pirates 58-3 in the final game of the regular season.

Houston says don’t expect the same thing in Week 1 of 2019 under his tutelage.

Houston didn’t guarantee a victory, but said that ECU fans should bet on the Pirates to cover the spread.

The Wolfpack opened as 20.5-point favorites, but the spread currently sits at 17.5.

North Carolina State are 3-6 Against the Spread in their last 9 games.

North Carolina State are 11-4 Straight Up in their last 15 games.

North Carolina State are 7-1 Straight Up in their last 8 games at home.

North Carolina State are 5-1 Straight Up in their last 6 games against an opponent in the American Athletic Conference conference.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games played in August.

North Carolina State are 3-9 Against the Spread in their last 12 games played in Week 1.

The total has gone UNDER in 12 of North Carolina State’s last 18 games played on a Saturday.

East Carolina are 2-7 Against the Spread in their last 9 games.

East Carolina are 1-7 Straight Up in their last 8 games.

East Carolina are 0-8 Straight Up in their last 8 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina’s last 7 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina’s last 8 games played in week 1.

East Carolina are 1-6 Straight Up in their last 7 games played on a Saturday.

East Carolina are 1-6 Against the Spread in their last 7 games when playing as the underdog.


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5 NC State Players Earn PFF 2019 Preseason All-ACC Honors



ProFootballFocus has released their 2019 Preseason All-ACC honors, and RS Junior Offensive Guard Joe Sculthorpe and RS Senior Defensive Tackle Larrell Murchison made the 1st Team.


Joe Sculthorpe, NC State

The fifth highest-graded guard in the Power-5, Sculthorpe also holds the third-highest run-blocking grade in that same group. (PFF)


Larrell Murchison, NC State

Murchison holds a top-15 pass-rush grade among active Power-5 interior defensive lineman and the ACC’s top-third marks in pass-rush and run-defense grade. (PFF)

Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas earned 2nd Team honors, and Junior Offensive Guard Joshua Fedd-Jackson and Redshirt Sophomore Linebacker Isaiah Moore earned Honorable Mention.





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