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No, Keatts is Not Going to be Fired

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Richmond game was ugly…Wright State? Somehow worse.

But to all those yelling at the top of their lungs, save it….because Keatts isn’t going to be fired.

 

Reasons He Stays

First and foremost, State just went through the longest process ever to clean the mess Gottfried and company left. There is no way that this administration goes, “Cleared that huge hurdle, now let’s fire our current coach.”

It’s not happening.

There is a 1000% chance we lost out on recruits because of Adidas-gate. And yet, Keatts was able to get commitments from total studs. Granted, it’s yet to be seen whether any will step on campus, but Dillingham seems to be trending nicely.

As crazy as it sounds, Keatts is stable, even if the team’s performance is not. You really think Boo has it in him to fire Keatts? That’s what we thought.

Furthermore, these last few years have been an absolute disaster of events. The previously mentioned “straight to NBA” recruits, COVID timing, injuries to best players…it hasn’t been good. If the wheels fall off in the next three months, we’ll revisit, but the sense is that Keatts has to at least have a full, healthy team before they decide whether he’s the right guy.

And he actually has help across campus.

Doeren had articles written about him and a loud contingent of WPN, stating he was on the hot seat coming into the 2021 season. Guess what, he turned everything around. Having him take his time and bring success to the program gives Keatts more of a leash, as well.

 

Circle Late March

Are we happy right now? Especially these last two games? Absolutely not. They’ve been disasters, in more ways than one.

Which is why Vonwolf typed out this thought piece. We knew dark days were ahead. However, we thought the runway to the cliff was a bit longer.

We have a senior in Hellems that disappears too often. Hayes is not ready to be an ACC point guard. The freshmen are fun to watch, but need to develop. Oh, and not sure if you heard, Manny and Gantt are done for the year.

The list grows more worrisome, if coaching doesn’t step in. State knows what they have for a roster. Keatts and company have to find ways to improve and adjust.

That hasn’t happened.

But the biggest issue recently? Effort. You could hang your hat on the fact that this team was going all out. Maybe they were too focused on the rapidly approaching Holiday break, but State was nowhere remotely close to being mentally prepared for Wright State. Sad performance, sad effort, bad coaching.

If players don’t show effort and the fans voices grow louder, then March becomes a very important time for Boo, the Athletic Department and Keatts.

There needs to be changes made, just a matter if that’s funding for better assistant pool or the man himself. At this very moment…we think the former, but the latter will be much louder.

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NC State & Kansas Will Play a Home-and-Home Series Over the Next 2 Seasons in Men’s Basketball

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According to Matt Norlander, NC State and Kansas have agreed to play in a home-and-home series over the next two seasons in Men’s Basketball.

The Wolfpack have played the Jayhawks 13 times in a series that date backs to 1958-59, with Kansas winning 12 of them. NC State’s lone victory over Kansas was in the first game ever played between the two on December 20th, 1958. The 4th ranked Wolfpack won 66-63 in the Dixie Classic in Reynolds Coliseum.

The last time the two teams faced one another was in 2022-23, when the #3 Jayhawks defeated the Wolfpack 80-74 in the Battle for Atlantis on November 23, 2022.

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NC State is Adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach

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According to reports, NC State is adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach.

Nelson was only at UMASS for 1 season under Frank Martin. Prior to that, Nelson was the Head Coach at Holy Cross for 4 seasons, posting a 27-84 record.

Prior to taking the Head Coaching mantle at Holy Cross, Nelson was at Marquette for 5 seasons, spending the first 3 as an Assistant Coach, and the final two as an Associate Head Coach. Prior to Marquette, Nelson also served as an Assistant Coach at Ball St., Drake, Arkansas and Marshall.

Before coaching basketball, Nelson played for the University of Florida from 1999-2003. He was All-SEC twice, and earned Third Team All-American honors. When he left Gainesville, he was the Gators’ all-time leader in three pointers made, and ranked 2nd in steals.

As a Senior in High School, Nelson was a McDonald’s All-American.

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Ernest Ross Announces He is Returning to NC State

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Power Forward Ernest Ross announced this morning that he is returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

 

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Last Friday, Ross committed to UTSA after entering the Transfer Portal on April 17th, but it looks like he had a change of heart over the past couple of days.

NC State has been in desperate need to add a Big out of the Portal. They have hosted ECU’s Ezra Ausar and Georgia’s Frank Anselem-Ibe, but neither of them have found a home yet. With the addition of Ross, NC State has added depth in the Frontcourt, and unless something changes, their roster is full with 13 scholarship players.

Ross played in 14 games this past season, averaging 3.4 minutes per contest. After playing in 34 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes per contest, Ross saw his participation dip to a career low this season, but that didn’t for a second break his infectious personality. On the sideline, you could count on Ross every single game to be the heart and soul of the Wolfpack on the bench. To watch a player who played as little as he did, care as much as he did, makes me super proud that this young man represented NC State so well.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in NC State’s 2021 recruiting class, with 247Sports ranking him as the #60 overall player nationally. ESPN ranked him as the #5 overall player in the state of Florida.

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A Matchup Between NC State & Marquette Next Season Might be in the Works

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According to NCAA.com’s Andy Katz, a matchup between NC State and Marquette next season might be in the works.

This past year, the Wolfpack defeated the Golden Eagles 67-58 in the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

NC State and Marquette have played one another 6 times overall, with the Wolfpack holding a 4-2 lead in the series, winning the past two matchups.

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