'Pack in Black' with new alternate helmets
Posted May 20, 2014
N.C. State unveiled an alternate helmet featuring a black carbon-fiber pattern blending into red wolf eyes on the back. Dubbed "Pack in Black," second-year head coach Dave Doeren had his program trending within college football circles.
Since the helmet's reveal on Sunday, the reaction has been a mix of enthusiasm and derision typically associated with these stunts. Wolfpack fans who like the black lids are happy to see N.C. State embracing how a modern college programs is run in 2014, while other fans who side on traditionalism aren't all that enthused.
Meanwhile, rival fans are having fun mocking the look. Which is what rivals fans are supposed to do in these situations. For example, an East Carolina-centric radio station wasted little time poking the bear after N.C. State showed off the new helmets.
Did you also know East Carolina walked on the moon before Neil Armstrong and was actually the first to type "FIRST!" in an Internet comment section? The more you know.
Regardless of what everyone else thinks, it really doesn't matter. Alternate helmets and uniforms are not intended for fans and media. They're for the players who will actually wear the new kits and to attract attention from recruits. Don't believe me? Just watch the official unveiling video from N.C. State.
If former N.C. State head coach Chuck Amato ever sees that video, he'd probably ask "where have I seen a Wolfpack head coach rocking cowboy boots and making a loud entrance on a Harley before, you people?"
And because N.C. State has opened the door on alternate helmets and uniforms, here are a couple suggestions for their next design.