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

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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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Payton Wilson is the 1st Freshman to Lead NC State in Tackles Since 1988

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Redshirt Freshman Payton Wilson led NC State in tackles in 2019, with 69 total tackles and 5 tackles for loss.

According to my best reading of the Media Guide, Wilson is the first Freshman to lead the Wolfpack in tackles since Jesse Campbell did so in 1988.

Also, if my research is correct, since tackles began being recorded in 1977, Wilson is only the 2nd player in NC State history to lead the Pack in tackles in his first year on the field.

What makes this even MORE IMPRESSIVE, is the fact that Wilson only started ONE game this season.

 

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NC State Promotes Tony Gibson to Defensive Coordinator

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NC State fired Dave Huxtable on Monday after serving as the Defensive Coordinator for the Wolfpack the past 6 years, and Head Coach Dave Doeren promoted Tony Gibson to take his place today. He will also serve as the Linebackers coach as Huxtable did.

“I look forward to building our defense with Tony Gibson as the leader,” said Doeren. “He has a strong vision for what we need to do on defense and his knowledge of our personnel and recruits will help us design the structure of our defense around our talent.” (GoPack)

Gibson served as the Co-Defensive Coordinator this year in Raleigh, and also coached the Safeties. He was influential in the institution of the 3-3-5 defense, and is much more familiar with running it.

Prior to arriving in Raleigh, Gibson served as the Defensive Coordinator at West Virginia from 2014-18.

In 2016, Gibson was named the Big 12 Defensive Coordinator of the Year by Athon as his defense led the Big 12 in scoring defense and total defense.

In 2015, the Mountaineer defense ranked second nationally in interceptions, fifth in turnovers gained and 11thin 3rddown defense ,while leading the Big 12 in rushing defense, INTs and ranking second in the league in scoring defense and total defense.

Known for reopening the “Pittsburgh Pipeline” while recruiting for WVU, Gibson spent a year as the assistant head coach at Arizona (2012) and spent the 2011 season as the secondary coach at Pitt, where he mentored two All-Big East performers and recruited the nation’s top running back.

From 2008-10, he was the assistant head coach and safeties coach at Michigan, where he recruited and signed eventual Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Denard Robinson.

From 2001-07 he coached defensive backs on the WVU staff that posted a 58-14 record and advanced to two BCS bowl games. The Mountaineers won or shared four Big East titles during his first stint.

Gibson recruited 32 players on the 2005 team that won the Big East title and the Sugar Bowl and 40 players on the 2007 Big East Champ/Fiesta Bowl Championship team.

Gibson began his career at Glenville State in 1996, coaching defensive backs and the kickoff teams.

In 1997 and ’98, Gibson worked at Cumberland (Tenn.) University, coordinating the program’s special teams and recruitment in addition to mentoring the team’s defensive backs. His career then carried him to West Virginia Tech, where he spent two seasons as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator (1999-2000).

Gibson graduated from Glenville State in 1994. He was a defensive back from 1991-94 and was a part of two WVIAC championship teams.

The Van, West Virginia, native began his coaching career at Gilmer County High School in Glenville, West Virginia, in 1995, where he was head coach and interim athletic director.

He and his wife, Kerry, have two children, son Cody, who is a member of the Illinois football coaching staff and daughter, Ashton.

Year by Year Coaching History
Year Position School

2018 – Co-Def. Coor. & Safeties – NC State
2016 – 2017 – Assoc. Head coach/Def. Coor. /LB – West Virginia
2014 – 15 – Def. Coor./LB – West Virginia
2013 – Safeties – West Virginia
2012 – Asst. Head coach/Safeties/Def. Special Teams – Arizona
2011 – Secondary/Pass Game Coor. –  Pitt
2008 -10 –  Asst. Head coach/DB/Special Teams – Michigan
2001 – 07 – DB  – West Virginia
1999 – 00 – Def. Coor. – West Virginia Tech
1997 – 98 – DB/Special Teams – Cumberland Univ.
1996 – DB – Glenville State (Link)

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Punter Trenton Gill Breaks NC State Single-Season Record

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Redshirt Sophomore Trenton Gill was a walk-on before the season began, and was encouraged to earn a scholarship in Fall Camp prior to the 1st game.

He walked off the field after the last game of the season as the 2019 ACC leader in Average Yards per Punt (47.6), and the new single-season record holder at NC State, breaking Johnny Evans record set back in 1975.

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Gill is the new record holder with a booming average of 47.6.

Gill is the 7th Wolfpack punter to lead the ACC in average yard per punt.

In my opinion, it was a crime that Gill earned 3rd-Team All-ACC honors, but from Walk-On to any All-ACC honors of any kind is an amazing story.

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Could Jake Bentley Transfer to NC State?

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South Carolina Quarterback Jake Bentley announced yesterday that he would be transferring from South Carolina.

Bentley got his career started as a True Freshman, and played extremely well against NC State as a Sophomore, when the Gamecocks beat the Wolfpack 35-28. In that game in 2017, Bentley was 17 of 29 for 215 yards with 3 touchdowns (1 interception).

In the first game of this year, Bentley suffered a season ending foot injury. Since he has yet to use a redshirt year, Bentley is able to be a Graduate Transfer, playing somewhere immediately in 2020.

Ironically, NC State’s current Quarterbacks Coach Kurt Roper served in that position in South Carolina for Bentley’s first two seasons, including the defeat of the Wolfpack.

NC State just wrapped up a 4-8 season, and one of the biggest flaws of this years squad was poor play at the Quarterback position. Matt McKay started the year, and has since transferred. Bailey Hockman had his chance, and was benched. Devin Leary was given the reins, but by no means showed that he was a guarantee to turning the ship around in 2020, and the ship has to be turned in a quick manner.

Could NC State be where Bentley lands?

247Sports lists the Wolfpack as 1 of 6 schools that could snag Bentley.

 

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