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UCLA DROPS OUT OF HOLIDAY BOWL – GAME CANCELED

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My god…it happened again…Season ends on short notice in a damn ballpark…

As of Monday morning, it seemed as though only a handful of UCLA Bruins had tested positive. Only one of which, a true starter. But just four hours before kickoff, they dropped out completely. On the verge of going for their second double-digit win season in school history, State won’t even get the chance.

 

Deja Vu

In all honesty, this is heartbreaking. To have it happen twice in a span of months, all the more devastating.

The NCAA wasn’t forthright at times with the baseball program. Then their lack of adjusting for current conditions, inexcusable. The team that traveled an hour is out. The school with fans that went cross country, sit.

It’s infuriating.

The timing in the two situations, also borderline insane. A middle of the night decision for baseball. Hours before kickoff for football. Just feels dirty, no?

Also have to love Chip Kelly talking about how, “Our whole mindset’s always been, if we’ve got 11, we’re going to go play.” Yeah, cool. State is the only ones that can say they’d go to war with a fraction of their team.

 

What Now?

Alcohol in the near term, revenge in the far.

Glad that this team was able to come together and be one this week. Zoo trips and military history. Bonding amongst brothers, as the thoughts of history making were on the horizon. It’s a shame, but in the very slightest of slight consolations, they got to be with each other.

Does this fire them up more? Does this make Bam and Thayer want to stay? Can this team somehow go more into “F U” mode then we ever could have imagined?

Time will tell. Until then. F*ck the NCAA. Go to hell UCLA. Vandy we still hate you too.

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NC State’s 2023 Football Schedule has Arrived!

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NC State’s 2023 Football schedule was released yesterday.

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Notes

  • NC State will play all three in-state ACC rivals: UNC, Duke and Wake Forest
  • NC State has two Friday night games back to back: UVA & Louisville
  • NC State will play Quarterback Brennan Armstrong’s former team UVA on 9/22.
  • NC State will host Notre Dame for the 2nd time ever, and will face a familiar face in former Wake Forest Quarterback Sam Hartman.
  • In the first year without Divisions in the ACC, 5 of NC State’s 8 conference opponents will be teams that were in the Coastal Division last year: UVA, UNC, Miami, Duke, VT.
    • The three former Atlantic Division opponents are: Clemson, Wake Forest and Louisville

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NC State’s 2023 Football Recruiting Class has the Most 4-Star Players in the Dave Doeren Era

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NC State’s 2023 football recruiting class is currently ranked 30th nationally by ON3, but I think you can make an argument that this could be Dave Doeren’s best class since he’s been in Raleigh.

Currently, 9 of the 18 players that make up the class (not including collegiate transfers) are 4-star prospects. You would think a class that included 9 4-star prospects would be ranked higher than 30th, but the reason it isn’t, is because different recruiting services rank players differently.

This is the most 4-star players that Doeren has ever had in a single class.

2023 – 9
2022 – 7
2021 – 8
2020 – 3
2019 – 7
2018 – 6
2017 – 4
2016 – 2
2015 – 5
2014 – 6
2013 – 2

4-Star Players in the Wolfpack’s 2023 Recruiting Class

Safety Daemon Fagan (247, ON3, Rivals & ESPN)
Tight End Javonte Vereen (ON3 & ESPN)
Safety Zack Myers (247 & Rivals)
Running Back Kendrick Raphael (ESPN & Rivals)
JUCO Defensive Lineman Jykeveous Hibbler (ESPN)
JUCO Safety Bishop Fitzgerald (ON3)
Offensive Lineman Darion Rivers (ON3)
Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion (Rivals)
Cornerback Brandon Cisse (ON3)

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Former NC State Defensive End Claude Larkins Commits to FIU

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Former NC State Defensive End Claude Larkins has committed to play for Florida International University.

On January 1st, Larkins made it official that he was entering the Transfer Portal.

Larkins only played 11 snaps in 1 game this season (Charleston Southern), and recorded 1 tackle. In 2021, he played 16 snaps in 1 game and recorded 2 tackles.

He was a 3-star recruit out of Hollywood, Florida, in the 2020 recruiting class, so heading to Miami puts him at around an hour from his hometown.

Larkins has three years of eligibility remaining.

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NC State will Host Notre Dame for their 2023 Football Home Opener

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It’s official. NC State’s football home opener will be against Notre Dame next Fall.

The Wolfpack defense will see a familiar face across the line of scrimmage throwing the pigskin. Former Wake Forest Quarterback Sam Hartman transferred to play for the Irish for his final year of eligibility.

This will mark the 4th time Hartman has faced NC State in his career.

Notre Dame finished the 2022 season ranked 18th in the AP Poll, with a 9-4 record.

This will mark the 4th time the Wolfpack have played the Irish, and the second time at home. The other time Notre Dame came to Raleigh, NC State won 10-3 in a hurricane. The Wolfpack have won 2 of their 3 games against the Irish.

The Wolfpack’s other non-conference opponents in 2023 will be at UCONN, and VMI and Marshall at home.

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