NC State has an ACC series against Duke that begins Friday at Doak Field as the Wolfpack, ranked sixth in D1Baseball’s national poll, starts a run of 12 straight conference games to close out the regular season.
Clemson and Florida State will almost certainly open the season in the top 10, if not top 5; while Louisville, North Carolina and Miami, under new coach Mark Richt, will likely join them in the top 25.
Heath Schroyer was hired by N.C. State on Thursday to complete coach Mark Gottfried’s basketball staff.Schroyer, 44, had been the head coach at Tennessee-Martin the past two seasons and had previous stops as a head coach at Portland State and Wyoming. Schroyer, who will be an assistant at N.C. State, replaces Bobby Lutz.
With spring practice wrapped up, and a bow neatly put on it on Wednesday with the ACC’s teleconference with its coaches, nothing will happen for college football fans until the first week of August. The season kicks off with N.C. State and William & Mary on Thursday, Sept. 1. North Carolina and Duke fans will have to wait two more days after that for the start of the 2016 season.
VIDEO: NC State football players helped promote a swab event in the Brickyard on the campus of NC State in Raleigh Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Over 30 Wolfpack football players helped promote and recruit students to join Be The Match bone marrow registry. Every day hundreds of patients are diagnosed with a life threatening blood disease and need a matching donor to make their marrow transfusion a reality. If you are interested in joining the registry, go to: http://join.bethematch.org/swab
No one was better last weekend at Lonnie Poole Golf Course than N.C. State’s David Cooke. His 62 in the opening round – a career best – came despite a double bogey at the par-4 12th, but he rebounded with birdies at the 14th, 15th and 17th holes to notch the course record on a layout that plays long and hard.
The latest scouting report from Draft Express includes some interesting stats from Synergy Sports Technology. For example, 75 percent of Barber’s shots (572 in all) this past season came from isolation, pick and roll or transition opportunities.
NC State’s baseball team has made the postseason the hard way, and missed it completely two years ago. That’s why the Wolfpack made it a goal to try it the easy way this year. After a 10-6 start in the ACC, so far so good for the Wolfpack, which won its fourth conference series over the weekend.
Graduation, injuries and a suspension have limited N.C. State’s offensive line during the spring. The Wolfpack will pick up some blocking help for the 2016 season in South Alabama center Joseph Scelfo.
Former N.C. State football player Eric Leak is being investigated for possible Medicaid fraud involving one of his businesses, Nature’s Reflections, a mental health services provider. According to court documents, the business may have falsely billed Medicaid for $8.7 million from 2012 to 2014. Court documents show investigators think he used the money gained to pay for homes, cars and other property.
NC State announced Tuesday that Bobby Lutz has been reassigned as a “special assistant to deputy athletic director for external operations.” His new administrative duties with the basketball program will include assistance with the personal and academic development, housing arrangements, planning and logistics associated with the team’s foreign tour and other special projects.
A recent workout at NC State for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals was more than just a job interview for Joe Thuney and his Wolfpack teammates. There were two generations of Ritchers and four generations of NC State offensive linemen.
VIDEO: Watch as NC State offensive lineman Joe Thuney, along with fellow N.C. State teammates Alex Barr and Quinton Schooley and Nick Ritcher, who played left tackle at Richmond, work out for Arizona general manager Steve Keim, a former N.C. State lineman, and John Ritcher, who was a tight end for the Wolfpack, at N.C. State’s indoor practice facility. Watching them and giving some advise to the lineman is Jim Ritcher, John and Nick's father and a two-time All-American and Outland Trophy winner at N.C. State in the late 1970s.