Tag:N.C. State
Posted on: February 18, 2012 3:06 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2012 10:19 pm

Karl Hess ejects Tom Gugliotta

UPDATE, 10:18 p.m.: ACC supervisor of officials, John Clougherty, released a statement:
"Under Rule 10, when circumstances warrant, an official has the authority to request home game management to eject fans when the behavior, in the officials' judgement, is extreme or excessive. It's unfortunate in this instance that ACC protocol of communicating directly with the home game management was not followed, and instead, a building security officer was solicited. We will re-communicate this policy with all officials to ensure proper protocol is followed."

By Jeff Goodman

It's time for Karl Hess to go. 

The veteran referee tossed former N.C. State stars Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani with about six minutes left in the 76-62 loss to Florida State on Saturday afternoon. 

"There were seven or eight different calls we were contesting," Corchiani told CBSSports.com. "We were yelling, but we didn't even yell a profanity or even threaten him." 

Hess, who has already worked 74 games this season, declined to comment when approached after the game by an Associated Press reporter. Corchiani said he was with his wife and 11-year-old daughter while Gugliotta and his 14-year-old daughter were sitting next to them in the front row. 

"We're not denying we were all over him, but I've been doing that every game I've been at since I retired," said Corchiani, who said he attends just about every N.C. State game. "That's homecourt advantage. But again, we never used profanity or crossed the line. We were just on him about some of the calls he made." 

Corchiani said that Hess had to game stopped earlier and tried to have another fan ejected. Then after the 6-foot-10 Gugliotta stood out and yelled something at Hess from just a handful of feet away, Hess went to a police officer and had both former N.C. State stars escorted out of the building.  

"It was wild," Corchiani said. 


I'm not one to complain about bad calls.

I am one to post hilarious videos of puffy-chested officials throwing out local legends at basketball games. That's what Karl Hess did Saturday afternoon when he gave beloved N.C. State alums Tom Gugliotta (Googs!) and Chris Corchiani the hook.

NFL senior blogger Will Brinson -- an absolutely insufferable Wolfpack alum and homer -- was ready and waiting for this. A hat tip to him for promptly getting us the video. As for Hess, unless what Googs and Corchiani were saying was highly offensive, this is pretty bad. Just another zebra with an ego trip and a penchant for the spotlight. It's getting old, nearly as old as him.

UPDATE: Corchiani tweeted that he didn't use profanity, and even the Florida State assistant AD admitted he didn't believe the two should've been thrown out.

Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:30 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 4:03 pm

Podcast: Seth Davis hates the Giants so, so much

By Matt Norlander

One of, if not the biggest, names in college basketball sportswriting, Seth Davis, is back on the program. All that great football overshadowed what transpired in hoops, so we're here so you can hear all about it.

What were the biggest results? What of Fab Melo not playing at Syracuse? Why can't we focus on the positive with Murray State? And why on earth does Seth root for the Redskins? All extremely important topics that are covered in the Monday edition. It's one of our best this season, so get to clicking. And if you'd like to read Seth's recent work, head on over here and check out his columns, plus the fantastic annual Hoop Thoughts editorial.

  • From the beginning: We recorded this last night, so we start with our reactions to the football games. How could we not start with that? Unfortunately, it devolves into Redskins talk pretty quickly.
  • 2:43: Outside of Syracuse and Murray State's games, what was the most meaningful result from Saturday or Sunday?
  • 8:07: Syracuse. Let's discuss the Orange and what they are, the Fab Melo situation, and how good they really are. Seth has his doubts, and I think it's fair -- even though I still want to believe this team has a very good chance at this year's Final Four.
  • 14:02: So far ... what do we make of this basketball season? Has it been a good one?
  • 17:30: Seth and I deviate from the hoops talk to lament how great we are and how awful our lives become when people request to talk to us on the radio. I do this after having asked Seth to come on my podcast. It's all so insufferable in its meta existence.
  • 20:17: Let's talk about Murray State, the great story, not Murray State, the when-will-they-lose story. Seth takes a second to stroke Parrish's ego as well.
  • 28:00: Seth and I pick our fringe bubble teams that we believe will play themselves into the field. We also take the inverse: good teams likely to play themselves into the NIT.
  • 32:10: Chip Kelly to Oregon almost happened, but this doesn't really much happen in college hoops -- that hot coach with the sexy scheme who can bring a new flair to the pros. Why not?

Again, I thank you for taking the time to listen to the podcast--whenever you can. I ask that you, if you like what we're doing here, encourage like-minded hoopheads to subscribe in Tunes as well. Guests like Jay Bilas, Seth Davis, they're the guys who make me sound better and make the podcast worthwhile. The other guys? Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman, they really make it entertaining, and of course you can count on our trio show each Wednesday. The RSS feed is another way to keep the podcasts coming to you ASAP. We've got a Zune download link as well.

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Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:29 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2011 10:39 pm

N.C State: The real deal or an imposter?

By Jeff Goodman

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It was tough to tell.

Is this N.C. State team a legitimate NCAA tournament contender with the addition of C.J. Leslie -- or was this an inaccurate evaluation of the Wolfpack since Vandy was without Festus Ezeli?

I wish I had the answer.

Leslie, in his first game back after serving a two-game NCAA-mandated suspension, was dominant -- especially in the first half. He finished with 20 points.

Richard Howell went for 16 points and nine boards. N.C. State's big men exposed Vanderbilt on the interior, a team that is missing a potential first-round pick in Ezeli.

"I don't know yet," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried told me when asked if this team can get to the Big Dance. "We need all our guns."

The Wolfpack were without its top shooter, Scott Wood, who is nursing a sprained ankle. Gottfried also said he's hopeful that the NCAA will make a decision soon on the status of skilled 6-foot-8 Belgium native Thomas de Thaey. On paper, N.C. State nearly knocked off a Top 20 team on Saturday night.

But Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings will be the first to say that, without Ezeli, his Commodores don't deserve to be ranked right now.

"We've got a long way to go before we're a good team," he said.

Which brings me back to my original question -- which may be impossible to answer just yet.

Photo: AP
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:47 pm

N.C. State lands big recruiting coup with Purvis

By Jeff Borzello

Is this the end of the recruiting process for Rodney Purvis?

During a press conference at his high school on Friday afternoon, Purvis announced his commitment to North Carolina State.

"There's no place like home," Purvis said at his press conference. 

Purvis has had one of the more interesting recruitments in the class of 2012. He originally was a member of the class of 2013, and then reclassified last spring. Purvis committed to Louisville -- then reopened his recruitment in early May.

A couple of months later, it looked like Purvis was ready to make a decision early in the summer. He then reversed course and released a new list of seven schools in late August. As a result, many people expected Purvis to take his time with the recruiting process. This could finally be the end of the road. 

Purvis, a 6-foot-3 guard from Upper Room Christian (N.C.), is ranked No. 15 in the class by CBSSports.com. He is a top-notch scorer, capable of getting past nearly any defender and finishing in the lane due to his strength and athleticism. Purvis is a fearless offensive player, with the confidence to get points against anyone. If he improves his left hand and ability to run an offense, Purvis will be a premier combo guard.

Purvis joins point guard Tyler Lewis in North Carolina State’s 2012 recruiting class.

Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 10:47 am

ACC Offseason Report

By Jeff Goodman

ACC Offseason Report

Boston College – Joe Jones left to become the head coach at Boston University and Steve Donahue has decided to promote Woody Kampmann and hire Izzi Metz as his new director of basketball operations. The Eagles will play in the 76 Classic in Anaheim and have non-league games against Providence (12-8) at home, UMass (11-21) and Penn State (11-30). Dallas Elmore transferred out of the program while Oregon transfer Matt Humphrey is eligible this season.

Clemson – The Tigers are in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii (12-22/25) and also have non-league games at Iowa (11-29), at Arizona (12-10) and against South Carolina (12-4). Donte Hill (Old Dominion), Noel Johnson (Auburn) and Cory Stanton (Lipscomb) all transferred out of the program.

Duke – The Blue Devils will go to China and Dubai from Aug. 14-26. Mike Krzyzewski brought back former player Jeff Capel, who was fired as head coach at Oklahoma in the offseason. He moves into the spot of Nate James, who was reassigned. The Blue Devils will play in the Maui Invitational and also have a loaded non-conference slate: vs. Michigan State in the Champions Classic in NYC (11-15), at Ohio State (11-29), vs. Washington in NYC (12-10), at Temple in Philadelphia (1-4), vs. St. John’s (1-28).

Florida State – Andy Enfield got the head job at Florida Gulf Coast and was replaced by Dennis Gates (Nevada). The Seminoles will play in the Battle of Atlantis in the Bahamas on Nov. 23-27 and also go to Florida (12-22) and play at Michigan State (11-30). Jeff Peterson transferred in from Arkansas and will be eligible this season as a graduate student.

Georgia Tech – New coach Brian Gregory brought Billy Schmidt from Dayton, hired Josh Postorino, Chad Dollar and Amir Abdur-Rahim as the director of operations. The Yellow Jackets will play in the Charleston Classic (11-17/20) and will have non-league games against Northwestern (11-29), at Georgia (12-7) and vs. Alabama (1-3). Brian Oliver transferred to Seton Hall and Brandon Reed is eligible this season after transferring from Arkansas State.

Maryland – Mark Turgeon brought Scott Spinelli and Dustin Clark (director of basketball operations) with him from Texas A&M, hired Dalonte Hill (Kansas State) and kept Orlando “Bino” Ranson. The Terps will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and also have non-league games vs. Illinois (11-29), against Notre Dame (12-4) in D.C. and against Temple at the Palestra (1-21). Haukur Palsson left the program to play pro ball back home.

Miami – Jim Larranaga brought his staff with him from George Mason: Chris Caputo, Eric Konkol, Michael Huger and he kept Mike Summey as the director of basketball operations. The Hurricanes will play at Purdue (11-29), vs. Rutgers (11-15), at Ole Miss (11-25), vs. Memphis (12-6) and at West Virginia (12-11). Trey McKinney-Jones (UMKC) and Kenneth Kadji (Florida) are both eligible this season after sitting last year.

N.C. State – Mark Gottfried put together the ex-Charlotte staff of Bobby Lutz, Orlando Early and Rob Moxley. He also hired Jeff Dunlap as his director of basketball operations. The Wolfpack will play in the Legends Classic and also will face Indiana (11-30) and Syracuse (12-17) at home, and will play at Stanford (12-4). Ryan Harrow (Kentucky) transferred out while N.C. State added one-year Cal State Bakersfield point guard Alex Johnson, who is eligible this season.

North Carolina – The Tar Heels will play Michigan State on Nov. 11 in San Diego on an aircraft carrier and will also play in the Las Vegas Invitational. Roy Williams’ team also plays Wisconsin at home (11-30) and at Kentucky (12-3) in the non-conference slate. Larry Drew transferred to UCLA.

Virginia – The Cavaliers will play in the Paradise Jam and also have non-league games vs. Michigan (11-29), vs. George Mason (12-6), at Oregon (12-18) and at LSU (1-2 or 1-3). Will Regan (Buffalo) transferred out of the program.

Virginia Tech – Adrian Autry (Syracuse) left and Dennis Wolff left the director of operations spot to become the head women’s coach at Virginia Tech. Robert Ehsan (Maryland) replaced Autry and Jeff Wulbrun takes Wolff’s spot. The Hokies will play in the Preseason NIT and also have non-league contests at Minnesota (11-30), vs. Kansas State (12-3 or 12-4), at Oklahoma State (12-31) and vs. BYU (1-25). Manny Atkins transferred out to Georgia State.

Wake Forest – Walt Corbean has been moved up from director of operations, replacing Mark Pope, who left for BYU. Jeff Nix, a former NBA assistant, takes Corbean’s old spot. The Demon Deacons will play in the Old Spice in Orlando and also have non-conference games at Nebraska (11-30), at Seton Hall (12-10) and vs. Richmond (12-3). Ari Stewart (USC) transferred out of the program and Melvin Tabb was suspended and is leaving as well. 

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:35 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 10:01 pm

Thurl Bailey on former teammate Lorenzo Charles

By Jeff Goodman

Thurl Bailey was shocked when he heard the news earlier today that former N.C. State teammate Lorenzo Charles had died. 

``It’s devastating,” Bailey said from his home in Salt Lake City, hours after hearing the news from another ex-teammate, Cozell McQueen. ``It’s really like losing a member of my family, a brother. It’s just way too soon.”

Bailey was on the Wolfpack national championship team back in 1983, the one that needed Lorenzo Charles’ memorable game-winning dunk to knock off Houston’s Phi Slamma Jamma.

``Everyone talks about (Jim) Valvano running around, but Lorenzo was really the face of the culmination of what we did,” Bailey said.

Bailey said that, after hearing the news of Charles’ bus accident in Raleigh, the members of that 1983 team began reaching out to one another.

``That’s the first thing we did,” said Bailey, an analyst for the Utah Jazz who also does corporate motivational speaking. ``Call that circle of brothers, that fraternity.”

Bailey said that there was a sharp contrast between Charles on and off the court.

``He was that funny, loveable, huggable Teddy bear,” said Bailey, who was taken seventh overall in the 1983 Draft and played a dozen years in the NBA. ``But you looked at him, with that body, and he looked like he could crush you with one hand.”

``He was so tough on the court, so competitive,” added Bailey. ``He was able to really command respect.”

What Bailey remembered most about Charles, though, was the smile, the giggle each time he’d laugh.

``He was always a guy who would break the ice when we were tight as a team,” he said. ``He’d always have something funny to say.” 

Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:17 pm

Former N.C. State star Charles dies in bus crash

By Matt Norlander

He was why "they won it! ... On the dunk!"

Former North Carolina State star Lorenzo Charles was on the receiving end of Dereck Whittenburg's desperation heave at the end of the 1983 national title game. His deft dunk put the Wolfpack over the top of favored Houston, giving Jim Valvano and N.C. State the unexpected national championship.

Monday afternoon, Charles, 47, was killed in a bus accident in Raleigh, N.C. Charles was the driver of the bus, according to the Associated Press. There were no other injuries, as it was a one-vehicle accident.

"Elite Coach general manager Brad Jackson said Monday that Charles was driving a company bus on Interstate 40. Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue says the bus driver was killed and there were no passengers aboard," according to the report.

No other details from local police have emerged.

It's incredibly sad, and unfortunately makes Charles' life story all that much more interesting. He had a cup of coffee in the NBA after getting drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round in 1985. But he ended up finishing his pro career in Europe before retiring from basketball. Since then, what had he been doing with his life? Most recently, driving a bus for a transportation/limo company, clearly.

That detail adds a tinge of curiosity to this tragedy. The full story of Lorenzo Charles has yet to be told.

Here's the video we've all seen so many times, the improbable, unintentional connection between Whittenburg and Charles that capped off arguably the greatest run in NCAA tournament history.

Photo: AP
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: May 24, 2011 10:30 am

N.C. State will add transfer as backup guard

Alex Johnson will join the N.C. State Wolfpack

Posted by Eric Angevine

A couple of weeks ago, I speculated that first-year N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried might look to the handful of still-eligible, recently-graduated guards in the nation to find a backup for Lorenzo Brown. I guessed that Ole Miss grad Trevor Gaskins might be the best choice.

I had the strategy correct, but zeroed in on the wrong player. The Charlotte Observer has learned that Gottfried will bring in Alex Johnson – a transfer from DI independent Cal State Bakersfield – to plug the hole left by the departure of Ryan Harrow.

Johnson is not a well known player, but he should provide a solid second option at lead guard. He averaged 13.3 points and 2.4 assists per game last season for the Roadrunners. He also boasts another handy trait – he can shoot the lights out from deep:

A prolific shooter from 3-point range - he had 228 attempts last season, converting 79 - Johnson would have ranked second in the ACC in attempts and had 56 more than N.C. State's leader in the category (Scott Wood).

Johnson does not anticipate taking that many 3s for the Wolfpack, though.

"It all depends on what the coaches want me to do," he said. "I'll go with the flow and do what the team needs."

The addition of Johnson and Belgian power forward Thomas de Thaey likely ends Gottfried's recruiting search for the 2011 class.

The Wolfpack is bringing in four new players, with wing Tyler Harris and guard Jaqwan Raymond, who committed under former coach Sidney Lowe.

If Johnson is able to work as a complementary ballhandler and a competent shooter for one season, he will be the perfect player to help bridge the gap between Sidney Lowe’s last class of recruits and Mark Gottfried’s first full offering.

Photo: US Presswire

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