Duke’s Biggest Fan Tweeted at Me and it Turns out He Announces College Basketball for ESPN

On Wednesday night, Dick Vitale tweeted at my twitter account @ncsufans. Topic of discussion? NC State being officially given notice of allegations of violations by the NCAA. Will WolfpackNation lose sleep as Vitale suggest?

Dick Vitale’s voice has been a iconic staple of Tobacco Road basketball for decades now, there’s no denying that. There’s also no denying Vitale’s long lasting love affair with the blue bloods (Duke, North Carolina). Dickie V’s closest tie to NC State, however, is of course his friendship with the late Wolfpack coaching legend Jimmy Valvano.

Dick Vitale doesn’t exactly receive the same response from college basketball fans and specifically the “twitterverse” as he once did. Vitale’s attention and ability to stay on point while announcing is questioned often. But one thing has never changed about Dickie V: everyone knows what they are getting with Vitale (it’s just that most people are tired of it).

Let’s face it, WPN. Dickie V would drink Coach K’s bath water if given the opportunity. Mind you that Duke is the only private university out of the three major Tobacco Road schools. This allows for less “checks and balances” from the public eye and public records. More closed doors and much more five star high school recruits who choose to attend the prestigious North Carolina Central Univeri…I mean Duke University for 4 months. I mean everyone in America and their cousin Sal assumes Duke has been dishing out dough for players for some time now.

This official notice by the NCAA is something Dick Vitale wouldn’t touch with a 50 foot poll if it were North Carolina or Duke were involved. Instead, Vitale hones in on allegations by the NCAA that are implicated on a coach that hasn’t been in Raleigh in three years.

But for right now, I’m just worried about the “unrest” NC State must be feeling tonight. You just hate to see it.

Ticket Giveaway Winner Announced!

Mission

This is the first giveaway and I plan to do more throughout this season and year to connect with as much of WPN as possible. I appreciate everyone who has engaged with @ncsufans and this website. If anyone needs information finding reasonable priced tickets to State games, message me on any of the platforms on the contact page and I will try to assist you the best I can.

Process

120 people retweeted the giveaway tweet. A random number generator app was used to determine which user would be selected. The winner was then checked that they followed instructions by following @ncsufans on both Twitter and Instagram.

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WINNER

The winner of the two Wake-State tickets is Anthony Waycaster (@acwaycaster)!

Congrats to Anthony and stay on the lookout for more giveaways, Go Pack! #BeatWake

 

 

 

THE QBU PROJECT

The Great NC State Endeavor. The QBU Project. QBU Convention. (whatever you want to call it)

The Concept:

This was a thought I had a while ago concerning the topic of NC State being considered the Quarterback University or “QBU”:

Organizing a specific date where every current NFL QB from NC State comes to Raleigh. The group of men could speak to current players/coaches and possibly have allocated time to meet with fans. If this were to develop, I believe it would be one of biggest things to happen in NC State sports history.

NC State University currently has four quarterbacks in the NFL. NC State QB Ryan Finley is projected by all mock drafts to be selected within the first two rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.

  1. Philip Rivers (Chargers 15 seasons)
  2. Russell Wilson (Seahawks 7 seasons)
  3. Mike Glennon (Bucs, Bears, Cardinals 6 seasons)
  4. Jacoby Brissett (Patriots, Colts 3 seasons)
  5. Ryan Finley (TBD)

Impossible? Hardly not.

The most obvious issue is purely logistical. I’m sure every one of these men has a very PACKed schedule. Wilson is about to report back spring training for the Yankees during his off season. Rivers’ wife is now expecting their 9th child. Glennon and Brissett have spent the last few years as backups in their respected NFL organizations. Finley is in the process of being selected in the NFL Draft. All 4 current NFL QBs have officially visited in public at least once during the Doeren Era.

There’s no way to be sure but according to the public eye, relations between this outstanding group of men seems to be well. Wilson occasionally holds football camps in Raleigh while Glennon is a current resident of the Oak City during the off season. In Finley’s last postgame interview after the Gator Bowl, he was openly grateful to NC State and said he hope to call Raleigh his home in the future. Rivers visited and gave a fiery speech to current players a couple years ago. Brissett was on the sideline in Carter-Finley two years during a New England Patriot bye week.

Imagine how much this would benefit our program. 4-5 current NFL QBs roll into Raleigh and let the booster club, university or athletic department unravel a banner at Carter-Finley of this guys in the same picture with the graphic “WELCOME TO QBU”. Any picture of these men all together would be iconic. It would likely go down with the likes of the “The Theory of Evolution”. (Coincidentally enough, there also 5 men in that picture)

One Pack, One Nation.

What can it hurt to get the ball rolling, WPN? Let’s see if AD Debbie Yow and the Booster Club can make this into a reality. If we can trend a hashtag and launch a fan-backed campaign pushing this, I believe the chances of this will increase exponentially. The difference between being part of a fan base and part of Wolfpacknation is simply connection. Not only connecting with each other but connecting with players, coaches, alumni and staff.

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