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DJ Burns Had a Word for Wolfpack Fans After Winning the ACC Championship

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When NC State’s DJ Burns was giving his acceptance speech after receiving the 2024 ACC Tournament MVP Award, Burns had the following quote to say when asked what he wanted to say to the fans.

“I’m going to keep it real simple. Thank you to the ones who’ve been consistent throughout the ride, and welcome back everybody else.”

Burns’ words struck a chord.

Throughout much of this season, it was embarrassing to see all the empty seats in PNC Arena.

As the Wolfpack lost 7 of their final 9 regular season games, it was clear that this team wasn’t just losing games, but they were also losing much of the fanbase.

It’s clear from Burns’ words that the empty seats were noticed, and so were the words of fans online.

NC State finished the regular season 10th, and much of the fanbase was frustrated, and rightfully so.

But, frustrated doesn’t have to mean giving up.

‘Never giving up’ is kind of supposed to be NC State’s thing.

The words of Jimmy V reverberate throughout the history of NC State basketball.

This team didn’t always put W’s in the Win column this season, and it wasn’t always an easy watch, but never for a moment were these players not playing as hard as they could for their school, one another, and their coach.

They never gave up.

Fans have a right to be frustrated, but you can still show up for a team, even when they struggle, because that’s what loyal fans do. When players wear a jersey with NC State across the chest, and they don’t give up, their fans shouldn’t either.

NC State fans aren’t known to be fair weather fans. Let’s not get in the business of leading our players to think we are.

But, like Burns said, whether you’ve been along for the ride all season or not, it’s time to hop on.

 

 

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Dof87
Dof87
23 days ago

OK to be disappointed or frustrated. Its up to fans to decide how they want to deal with that frustration. Those repetitively campaigning for coaches head during the season, calling out players sayings stuff like they ‘should never play again’ told us more about them than any coach or player. Their lack of appreciation for how hard it all is, and oversimplification of the game, and simple lack of respect was on full display. And some even trolled others that showed respect in their comments and appreciate for the challenges that come with coaching NCSU basketball. It may be one… Read more »

Last edited 23 days ago by Dof87
wolfpack74
wolfpack74
23 days ago
Reply to  Dof87

I went back and looked at the record Valvano had at State. We made the tournament in most years and of course the 83 season occurred. However, his overall ACC record was 71-69. I was greatly surprised at that. KK is 63-68. Another surprise and not far from Valvano’s record. One really good year and he could surpass it since he now has his contract extension. I have shown my frustration and do own it. I would like to take back everything I have said about O’Connell since he has really picked up his game. He does look like he… Read more »

Dof87
Dof87
23 days ago
Reply to  wolfpack74

Cool. Like I said, complain or whatever but simply show some respect and appreciation. Don’t campaign against a coach (and by association the players who love him) during the season. Give KK some leeway as well. Jimmy V didn’t have a rebuilding job, he had key players when he took over. Jimmy V didn’t come in with and NCAA cloud over the program. Jimmy V didn’t have his top center AND starting fwd both go out for the season, amidst a rebuilding year coming off major Covid disruption, which kept us from having another NCAAT appearance at a key time… Read more »

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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
24 days ago

Where was this desire to win during the regular season? Had you guys and coaches performed like you did in the last five games during the regular season, the stands would have been full all the time. What the team did during the ACCT was a miracle or seemed that way based on previous results. So fans were really frustrated and probably said a lot of things that deep down didn’t mean. Since I graduated in 1974, we have been and once were a basketball school. Since Valvano we have had fleeting success but basically long term frustration. DJ you… Read more »

Dallas
Dallas
24 days ago
Reply to  wolfpack74

I have noticed many of your comments and it seems you always hit a sour note. First of all don’t you think the players, coaches are all trying to win every game. I get frustrated too but remember the ACC is a difficult conference and that KK was building a new team with 7 new players and others who remained from last year. That isn’t an easy task…sometimes it takes a year or more(which coaches don’t have any longer). But DJ’s comments were NOT a lecture. It was as gracious a comment a player could make about fan support. He… Read more »

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
23 days ago
Reply to  Dallas

Actually, it was 8 new players counting Rice. Burns did not have to welcome me back as I have never left the players. If this generation can’t take a little criticism, then I feel sorry for them coping with life in the coming years. I too graduated in 74 and we streaked around campus that night. One miracle weekend makes the fan base even more hungry for success. So if it doesn’t come, don’t expect the older fans to be so sympathetic as our years are limited. I imagine prior to the start of the ACCT, you had thoughts that… Read more »

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WATCH: RB Jordan Waters Impresses in NC State Spring Game

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Former Duke Running Back Jordan Waters (6’0″/215) will be NC State’s RB1 in 2024, and he gave the Wolfpack fans a good taste of what he will bring to the table this past Saturday in the 2024 Spring Game.

Waters rushed the ball 7 times for 69 yards and a touchdown, averaging 9.9 yards per carry.

Check out all 7 of his carries in the video below.

Last year NC State started the season with Jordan Houston as their starting Running Back, but he opted to redshirt after 3 games, in order to enter the Transfer Portal. Michael Allen was the next man up, and he decided to sit out the regular season finale against UNC, and also entered the Transfer Portal. Delbert Mimms III and Kendrick Raphael also both started games for NC State last season, with Mimms III also transferring. That’s 4 starting Running Backs in one season.

The Wolfpack were looking for stability in the Running Back room, and they have found that in Jordan Waters.

Waters rushed for 753 yards and 12 touchdowns this season for the Blue Devils, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. In his career, he has averaged 5.0 yards per carry in 50 games at Duke. Waters earned 3rd Team All-ACC honors last season.

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NC State Defensive Tackle Nick Campbell to Enter the Transfer Portal

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NC State Redshirt Sophomore Nick Campbell (6’4″/300) will enter the Transfer Portal when it opens back up on April 16th.

Campbell was a 3-Star prospect out of the state of Florida in the Wolfpack’s 2022 recruiting class. 247Sports ranked him as the #45 overall player in the state of Florida in the 2022 class.

In 2022, Campbell played 9 snaps against UCONN, redshirting the season. Last year, the only game he saw action is was against VMI.

The Wolfpack already needed to add depth at Nose Tackle. With the exodus of Campbell, it almost seems like a necessity for NC State to go find one in the Portal when it opens back up, with Brandon Cleveland and DJ Jackson being the lone rangers remaining.

Campbell has three years of eligibility remaining.

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WATCH: Pack Insider’s 2024 NC State Spring Game Highlight Reel

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NC State’s 2024 Football Spring Game was this past Saturday. Check out Pack Insider’s Highlight Reel of the game!





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NC State’s Dennis Parker Jr. is Cleared for the Final Four

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NC State Freshman Guard/Forward Dennis Parker Junior has been cleared to play, and will be suiting up for the Wolfpack against Purdue tomorrow night.

Parker Jr. hasn’t played since March 4th, when he played 3 minutes against Duke. As a result of having mono, the True Freshman has missed the past 10 games.

Early in the season, Parker Jr. was a prominent feature in the Wolfpack’s game plan. He even started in 12 games (basically December-January).

As the season progressed, Parker Jr.’s role progressively diminished. After playing 10+ minutes in 19 of the first 20 games, he only played in 10+ minutes in 1 of the last 9 games he played in.

One of the strengths of NC State’s run in the postseason has been a more solidified rotation, which has built consistency. As a result, I’m not so sure that receiving clearance to play will equal playing time for Parker Jr. tomorrow night.

With that being said, having the ability to throw Parker Jr. on the court in the contest gives the Wolfpack another depth piece in a game that could see (hopefully not) NC State flirt with foul trouble.

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