Bill McFarling: Stay put, Pack fans

September 9, 2013 

Peripatetic Pack

It took only one game for Coach Dave Doeren to realize that the Wolfpack football fan base is lacking (Sept. 3 sports story). The fans are usually late for kickoff and early to leave at halftime and often do not return for the second half.

Athletic director Debbie Yow has seen this view at N.C. State games, because this is the Carter-Finley norm, regardless of opponent, temperature or time of day.

I’ve been an adopted Wolfpack fan since 1987, and I’ve never quite understood why so many fans would rather stand in a field, drink excessively and play corn hole instead of supporting the team.

I am an alumnus of UT-Knoxville and was spoiled on the merits of big-time college football. I’ve traveled the Southeast and attended games in the finest of football cathedrals. The most noticeable difference: SEC fans can’t wait to get into the stadium to support their team, and most hate to leave until the final play.

Yow will eliminate the re-entry policy if she is serious about making N.C. State a national football power. If she’s not serious, the next Wolfpack head coach will observe the same thing after his first game.

Bill McFarling

Raleigh

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