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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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Former NC State Offensive Lineman Justin Chase Transfers to ECU

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Offensive Lineman Justin Chase announced he was transferring from NC State back on December 1st.

Now we know where he will be playing his final year of eligibility.

Chase is transferring to East Carolina as a Graduate Transfer.

Chase only saw action in the first two games of last season for the Wolfpack, playing 2 snaps against ECU, and 12 against Western Carolina. He was a 3-Star prospect in the Wolfpack’s 2016 recruiting class.

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NC State’s Dave Doeren Buys Lunch for Rex Hospital Employees

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Earlier this week, NC State head football coach Dave Doeren bought lunch for 100 employees at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

The food bought was from Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Rex is where NC State sends their players if they need to go to the hospital.

Alan Wolf, media relations manager for Rex Healthcare, told Jonas Pope IV of the News & Observer how much Doeren’s generosity meant.

“It’s a stressful time to be at the hospital,” Wolf told the N&O on Tuesday. “These are folks on the front line of helping patients through this pandemic. To have an outpouring of support from people like coach Doeren and those in the community who have donated all sorts of food, lunches, meals, it’s been an amazing thing to see.”

“It’s thoughtful, it’s generous and it’s heartwarming,” Wolf said. “When you’re in the hospital for however long your shift is and all of a sudden there’s a boxed lunch that a football coach donated, it means the world.” (N&O)

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2020 Vegas Odds: NC State Football Regular Season Wins: 4.5

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After a rough 2019, in which NC State’s football team posted a 4-8 (1-7) record, every Wolfpack fan is looking for a glimmer of hope that 2020 will yield better results.

Welp.

Vegas has released their odds for the 2020 college football season, and NC State is projected to win 4.5 regular season games, missing a bowl for the second straight year.

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According to their projections, here’s how ACC football teams are projected to improve or worsen in 2020.

Boston College: -1
Clemson: -0.5
Duke: +2.5
FSU: +1.5
Georgia Tech: –
Louisville: +0.5
Miami: +3
NC State: +0.5
UNC: +2.5
Pitt: -0.5
Syracuse: +0.5
Virginia: -2.5
Virginia Tech: –
Wake Forest: -1

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NC State Ranks 4th in the ACC in Football Revenue

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FootballScoop shared their research last week on the highest grossing college football teams, and NC State ranked 4th in the ACC.

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1. Florida State — $69 million
2. Clemson — $61 million
3. Miami — $56 million
4. NC State — $46 million
5. Syracuse — $44 million (FootballScoop)

The dates of their research were from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

For some perspective, the ACC doesn’t have a school ranked in the Top-15 nationally.

Power 5 — Top 15
1. Texas — $156 million
2. Georgia — $123 million
3. Michigan — $122 million
4. Notre Dame — $116 million
5. Ohio State — $115 million
6. Penn State — $100 million
7. Auburn — $95 million
8. Oklahoma — $94.8 million
9. Alabama — $94.6 million
10. Nebraska — $94.3 million
11. LSU — $92 million
12. Tennessee — $91 million
13. Wisconsin — $90 million
14. Florida — $85 million
15. Washington — $84 million (FootballScoop)

Wake Forest is tied for the 2nd lowest Football Revenue out of all the Power 5 schools, and Boston College ranks 5th.

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