Posted by Chip Patterson
On Saturday N.C. State gets a chance to bounce back from their early-season conference loss with a visit from South Alabama, in the midst of their first season as a FCS independent. The Wolfpack will be celebrating Military Appreciation Day at the game, with The Wounded Warriors from Fort Bragg and Camp LeJune on hand to be honored throughout the festivities. The halftime show will feature a tribute to military personnel, firefighters, and police, as well as a special entrance from the new N.C. State basketball coach.
Head coach Mark Gottfried will make a tandem parachute jump into Carter-Finley Stadium at halftime, taking the leap with a ROTC Ranger. Gottfried told ESPN.com the stunt is meant to first honor the military, but also to bring some attention to the basketball program.
In addition to being a bounce-back opportunity for football team, a promotional opportunity for the basketball team, the game also will hold special significance for South Alabama. The Jaguars' football program just began play in 2009, and are currently in the transition period to become an FBS program. Saturday's showdown will be the South Alabama's first game against an FBS opponent. Their 2009 schedule was mostly made up of junior colleges, with Division II and FCS opponents in 2010. At this point in the program's history, the Jaguars currently have not been defeated.