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WPN Reset: Timelines, New Opponent Logistics and Updates for NC State Football

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Wow. Just wow.

Yesterday, in more ways than one, feels like a blur. With no new info coming by 2pm, we actually had a graphic and article about how “The Bowl Game is On!” Seriously, that’s when you know there are late decisions, when you are feeling comfortable in the fact that, “They can’t cancel it now, right?”

Well, they did. Here’s everything that happened and what we know.

 

Updates: Bowl officials declared Holiday Bowl Canceled. But State is bring that trophy home with them.

Timeline

We’ll make this condensed, since many have been following along closely.

  • State arrived in San Diego on 12/23. One week after signing day, five days prior to the Bowl Game. They had spent previous days prior to travel at the State training facility prepping.
  • UCLA arrived in San Diego on Xmas Eve.
  • There were known Covid cases within the UCLA program, as Chip Kelly stepped up to the podium and declared, “Our whole mindset’s always been, if we’ve got 11, we’re going to go play.” The weekend before the game, their leading tackler and four other members were declared out. What should also be noted, UCLA Athletics was getting hit HARD by Covid. Both basketball programs postponed for weeks of games because of issues. The University knew it had a large scale outbreak on campus.
  • Which makes it even more frustrating, is that the UCLA football team continued “normal” bowl festivities. At no point, did they have full team quarantine or took on a more regimented schedule. Again, Chip Kelly, talked about taken every effort to contain and make sure this game was played…this was not the case.
  • Kelly said that their team would retest on Monday night/Tuesday morning. They dropped out past noon (local time) Tuesday.
  • While Thayer Thomas tweeted about a team meeting and vote, we have yet to confirm that story with anybody else. Would have to think, UCLA players would have played. Lots of info suggests this was a coaches/admin decision.
  • Update from Pack Pride…UCLA was packing up equipment two hours before State was notified.

 

We are not mad that UCLA dropped out with Covid issues. We are outraged, that by many accounts, the magnitude of their outbreak was withheld from just about every other party. To give some reference, ECU was told by Boston College’s AD that they were having issues THREE DAYS prior to the Eagles dropping out. From Boo, Doeren or other staff members we talked to, all confirmed that they knew UCLA had positive test but at no point did they feel as though it was at the point where the bowl game would be canceled.

 

Logistics of a New Team

We received multiple tweets and DMs talking about, “Well how come they just can’t play _____” or “Just find an opponent already.”

The logistics are so far more complicated than, “Just find someone.”

  1. You can’t just play ECU (or any school) at Carter-Finley. It would need to be a true Bowl game. So please stop thinking we can just bring State home and play.
  2. Realize that when a team comes to play, it involves; Flights, Hotel, Food and other needs for players, coaches, medical/training staff, and other members of the Athletic Department. We’re talking dozens upon dozens of rooms and flights. Remember how hard it was to find flights three weeks ago for this game? Now imagine it in a 24-hour window for a chartered plan.
  3. Speaking of window, State also has all the above problems. How long can they stay in San Diego? Do they even want to be there longer? We’ve heard that a decision will be made by Wednesday afternoon on next steps.
  4. Now with the short timeframe, you almost have to eliminate all those 5-7 teams. You think a team is going to just assemble players from across the country that are home for holidays…get them to San Diego…and play a college game with little to no practice? Absolutely not. Doeren feared for the safety of his own QB and blitz packages of a new opponent. Now go from unprepared QB, to unprepared team.
  5. Just a reminder, Holiday Bowl is the farthest western location outside of Hawaii Bowl. We aren’t talking about East Coast teams jumping down to Jacksonville. We’re talking hauling all the way across country. Again, especially in this timeframe and lack of available planes, this isn’t good.

 

Working Long Hours

It’s been confirmed that Boo and company have talked with about a dozen schools. Financials, timeframe and just a mess of logistics have hampered an opportunity. If UCLA would have giving State the timeline that BC gave to UCLA, Central Michigan and Wash State both were looking for opponents and were in the Southwest US…

The Bowl Committee has been actively working with State. Can guarantee you, they were pulling all-nighters scratching and clawing for answers of what to do next.

We will all know very, very soon what happens next.

 

 

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ACC Network’s All-Access with NC State Football : Episode 1

The ACC Network aired the first episode of All-Access with NC State Football on August 14th.

The series is a little like the “One” series we’ve been seeing over the past few years, basically giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at NC State Football. This kind of access is great, because you get a more personal feel for what it’s like to be in the shoes of these guys as they prepare for a season full of high expectations.

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The ACC Network aired the first episode of All-Access with NC State Football on August 14th.

The series is a little like the “One” series we’ve been seeing over the past few years, basically giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at NC State Football. This kind of access is great, because you get a more personal feel for what it’s like to be in the shoes of these guys as they prepare for a season full of high expectations.

Here is episode 1 posted by the guys at Tuffy Talk.

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WATCH: A day in the life with NC State QB Devin Leary

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Ever wondered what it’s like to be NC State QB Devin Leary? Well, this is as close as you’re going to get to finding out.

Mitchell Pehlke, a YouTuber who focuses on giving his followers an inside look at athletes and their sports, headed down to Raleigh to catch up with Leary prior to the upcoming season. Check it out as Leary walks Pehlke through a day in the life of an NC State football player.

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Check Out Adidas’ Ultraboost 1.0 NC State Colorways!

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Adidas has revealed their Ultraboost 1.0 NC State Colorways today!

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With early access, it looks like they will be available on August 29th.

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NC State Ranked 13th in 2022 AP Preseason Poll

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The 2022 AP Preseason Poll is out, and NC State ranks 13th headed into a season where the expectations are extremely high for the Wolfpack. This marks the first time the Wolfpack have been ranked in the AP Preseason Poll since 2003, and ties the highest preseason ranking in school history (1975).

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Georgia
  4. Clemson
  5. Notes Dame
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Utah
  8. Michigan
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Baylor
  11. Oregon
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. NC State
  14. USC
  15. Michigan State
  16. Miami
  17. Pittsburgh
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Arkansas
  20. Kentucky
  21. Ole Miss
  22. Wake Forest
  23. Cincinnati
  24. Houston
  25. BYU

The AP voter and the Coaches were in one accord, with the Wolfpack ranked 13th in the 2022 Preseason Coaches Poll.

This marks only the 7th time NC State has started the season in the AP Preseason Poll. Sadly, the last 4 times the Wolfpack were ranked in the AP Preseason Poll, they finished the season unranked.

2022: (Final: ?)
2003: 16th (Final: NR)
1993: 25th (Final: NR)
1989: 24th (Final: NR)
1975: 13th (Final: NR)
1974: 18th (Final: 11th)
1973: 17th (Final: 16th)

The Wolfpack have finished the season ranked in the AP Poll 14 times:

2022: 13th
2017: 23rd
2010: 25th
2002: 12th
1994: 17th
1992: 17th
1991: 24th
1978: 18th
1974: 11th
1973: 16th
1972: 17th
1957: 15th
1947: 17th
1946: 18th

NC State spent 10 weeks in the AP Poll in 2021, which marks the most weeks the Wolfpack have been in the AP Poll in a single year since the 2002 season (16 weeks).

The Wolfpack finished the season ranked for the final 7 polls, now making it 8 straight with the Preseason Poll released, marking the longest streak since 2002, when NC State was ranked in 12 straight.

The highest the Wolfpack have ever been ranked in the AP Poll was 3rd in 1967, when NC State was 8-0 in Week 8.

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