North Carolina State will debut a familiar looking midfield logo against North Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The North Carolina-NC State game wasn't pretty, but what happened after the game is perhaps what made the Wolfpack the angriest.
North Carolina State fell to the Tar Heels 27-19 after a shaky second half that saw two Brandon Mitchell interceptions, an inability to get into the end zone and eventually Pete Thomas being inserted under center late in the fourth quarter.
The loss will sit with the NC State team for awhile but that's not what the players are going to remember most.
As the clock hit zeroes, North Carolina players ran to midfield, directly on top of the newly minted NC State 'Our State' logo. They jumped, they slammed the ground and they chanted "Who's State? Our State!".
It was the utmost in mockery.
"If we don't have your respect already, we're going to keep on taking it until you don't have any choice but to respect us," said North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron. "I mean this is our state. Our win ratio to their losses, I mean we're killing them. Just gotta let them know."
Naturally, with emotions already running high after the loss, Wolfpack players ran at the UNC players at midfield and a scuffle ensued as they attempted to move the Tar Heel players off of the Carter-Finley turf.
East Carolina Pirates wide receiver Justin Hardy (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during todays game. East Carolina defeats Southern Miss 55-14 on Saturday, October 19, 2013 in Greenville, NC (Photos By Anthony Barham)
At this point in the season, East Carolina may be the most well-rounded team in the state of North Carolina. The Pirates are tied with Duke for the best overall record (5-2), are 3-1 in conference play and boast quite possibly some of the most impressive games.
ECU destroyed Southern Miss Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, 55-14, and the 14 points they allowed didn't come until garbage time of the fourth quarter when many of the subs were in.
ECU dominates Southern Miss, 55-14
The defense forced turnovers, made huge stops and allowed their offense to work without any pressure. The offense, led by Shane Carden, who has been nothing short of impressive all season, reached the end
Lance Ray (3) runs in for a touchdown during play at Kenan Stadium between the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the East Carolina Pirates on Septempber 28, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.
The weather may have been the only thing that was good in Chapel Hill for the light blue Saturday. The East Carolina Pirates have waited a long time for a game like they had in Kenan Stadium Saturday, and they couldn't have put together a much better one.
East Carolina hadn’t won in Chapel Hill since 1975 - and that was the only time they had done so before Saturday. There have been some close match-ups over the years - including a tie in 1979 - but none have ever featured the dominance, especially early, they showed Saturday.
East Carolina routs UNC, 55-31
The Pirates jumped out to a quick lead, scoring on their opening drive after a Shane Carden six-yard pass. Carden had two more
It was just last week that a Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that Electronic Arts, Inc. has to stop producing their popular NCAA College Football game. The NCAA had already decided to part ways with EA and 2014 is the last version of their game that will include the NCAA logo.
It's a part of the Keller/O'Bannon case. The Keller case, which began in 2009, was specifically about the gaming company profiting from the use of former Arizona State quarterback Samuel Keller's physical likeness without pay. And the court ruled in his favor, saying that EA sports cannot use the physical likeness of collegiate athletes without compensating them for it.
A thread of 2005 emails released earlier this year showed the NCAA realized EA Sports was specifically designing their game after current players and several NCAA members voiced their concerns.
"The biggest concern I have is that such a position really does allow for the maximum commercial exploitation of the (student-athlete), and if that occurs, will it be long before we can defend not giving them a piece of the profits?," wrote NCAA membership services official Steve Mallonee.
But that concern hasn't seemed to stop the NCAA from doing the same thing. I mean, we are talking about a lot of money here, right?
North Carolina came into the ACC tournament off of two weeks of under performing. The Heels went 4-4 in their last eight games, losing their only two series of the season back-to-back at Georgia Tech and against Virginia.
Georgia Tech was ranked 30th at the time. To say the losses there were a surprise would be an understatement. And then to make matters worse, the Heels didn't exactly bounce back. They followed it up by dropping the series to then No. 7 Virginia at home.
The win Monday against No. 8 Florida State was a much needed confidence booster heading into post season play.
North Carolina barely grabbed the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament with one win over Virginia but for anyone that watched their first game in ACC tournament play Thursday it would definitely not appear that way.
After struggling the past two weeks, Carolina came out and dominated from the opening pitch.
Colin Moran earned his 84th RBI, setting the single-season school record and putting the Heels on board first.
Starter Kent Emanuel pitched a gem of a game, losing a no hitter in the fifth inning but not allowing any runs to score for the entire game.
Skye Bolt has had just enough time to get back into the swing of things after fracturing the second metatarsal in his right foot on Apr. 12. Bolt who has only been back playing since May 14th, had three hits, including a double and a run.
Most people attribute heckling and name calling to NASCAR drivers, heck that's why a lot of people even follow the sport. Want fights? Tune into an NHL game, especially during the height of a Stanley Cup run.
The NBA playoffs boast out-of-this-world performances by some of the league's stars.
An unexpected triple-OT game where Nate Robinson goes off for 34 points to carry the Bulls to 142-134 win over the Nets (on top of that Robinson was on the bench getting sick days later with the flu). Then there's injured Stephen Curry going 4-4 from the three with 14 points, 4 assists in the third quarter to will the Warriors from a 42-40 halftime deficit to a 92-88 win and series win over Denver.
Four game six's on one night? Happened Friday, hasn't happened since May 1, 2003. Friday night was the first time in just over 10 years that at least four teams were knocked out of the NBA postseason on the same day.
The NBA playoffs pave the way for brilliant performances. But this year on top of all that, add some heckling, some name calling and some fighting. We're still in round one and the NBA playoffs have already brought entertainment on all levels.
Miss Clippers' Blake Griffin and Grizzlies' Zach Randolph's rendition of Wrestlemania Friday night? The announcers even mention a half-nelson taking place. Oh yeah, and all that after Griffin was a game-time decision due to a sprained ankle.
Indianapolis is familiar territory for Duke and Michigan State. It was just three years ago that the two teams played in Lucas Oil Stadium during NCAA tournament play, but that weekend, the stage was a little bigger.
In 2010, Duke and Michigan State joined West Virginia and Butler in the Final Four with a trip to the National Championship game on the line. This time in Indy, the two teams will face each other with the hopes of keeping Final Four dreams alive.
In that 2010 meeting, then freshmen Ryan Kelly, Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee sat court side at Lucas Oil and watched as Nolan Smith, Brian Zoubek and Kyle Singler carried the Blue Devils to a national championship victory. This time around, it's their team -- and the seniors aren't ready to end their careers at Duke just yet.
"There are certainly some good memories from this building," said Kelly, "We're looking forward to making some better ones."
So what will it take?
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said Thursday that Duke isn't the type of team that will beat themselves. They are well disciplined and shoot the ball well. They aren't going to make mistakes. And there is no question that Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will make sure that his team is prepared.
Krzyzewski, meanwhile, can expect the same from an Izzo coached team. A sound defensive effort, a mistake-free game and a group full of offensive threats.
Friday at 12:15 p.m. (WRAL-TV, 99.9 FM The Fan) Duke will face Albany in the second round of the NCAA tournament, but it won't be the first time that the two schools have met.
During the 2006-07 season Duke played Albany and won. But Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn't care about the past ,and he certainly doesn't care about the Blue Devils early exit last season either.
"If we keep looking back at our experiences then we'd really get overconfident, because we've won four National Championships and been to 11 Final Fours," joked Krzyzewski Thursday. "There is no need to go back to good or bad experiences because not all of these guys were involved in that."
The Blue Devils find themselves entering NCAA play on the heels of a loss to Maryland in the ACC Tournament last week. They are also a No. 2 seed, the same seed they held in 2012. Unlike last year where Duke fell to No. 15 Lehigh, the squad is looking forward to a win.
"Our motivation isn't a loss from last week, it's the opportunity that this team has to do something special," said Duke forward Mason Plumlee. "I feel no pressure."
With everyone on the team finally healthy and with plenty of rest, Duke focuses on what lies ahead instead of what has already been done.
And though the Devils are quick to dismiss the early 2012 exit and their doozy of a game in the ACC Tournament a week ago, the Albany players can't help but think it puts the Great
Eric Staal (12) during the Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs NHL hockey game, Thursday, February 14, 2013 in Raleigh, NC.
The Carolina Hurricanes came back from a six game, 12-day road-trip Thursday to face the Toronto Maple Leafs and interest was high as fans waited to see if the road production would continue.
During the road trip the Hurricanes grabbed nine of a possible 12 points, winning four games, three in regulation and one in overtime. Things seemed to finally be clicking for the team behind the play of captain Eric Staal.
With the lockout, new additions to the squad Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin and no real training camp, team chemistry took time to develop. Skepticism was natural as the Canes struggled through the first few games, but the team that look destined for success on paper has come to life in the past two weeks.
"In the beginning we had about seven new guys, when that happens they are trying to get the system down and even just get to know the players," said head coach Kirk Muller. "I think they are now, they are playing well together, they're having fun and they're playing for eachother. It's their team."
Eric Staal is on an 11-game point streak (the longest such streak in the NHL this season), notching 17 points off of eight goals and nine assists. The center currently leads the league in plus-minus at 12. Much of the captain's success can be attributed to the addition of Semin to the first line. Semin has three goals and seven assists so far this season. With Staal's play being complimented
Rodney Purvis (0) gets fired up after a dunk during the Duke vs. NC State game on January 12, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Usually a noon tip-off is synonymous with slow team starts or tardy fans to fill arena seats. That was not the case Saturday at PNC Arena when No. 20 NC State played host to the No. 1 team in the country.
Team and fans alike were ready for a showdown with the top-ranked rival from just down the highway, after all, this year was supposed to be State’s year.
NC State fans had been waiting for this opportunity and could not have brought more energy to the arena. Students lined up prior to sun rise, barely containing their excitement once inside.
"Our crowd was unreal. Our students started getting out there at four o’clock last night and this morning," said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. "Our crowd was a lift today. It got loud in there, really loud."
The players fed off of the ear-piercing cheers as the game tipped. A defensive stop and a Scott Wood three to open play nearly blew the roof off.
Duke’s Mason Plumlee showed his size would be an issue, but Richard Howell showed he wasn’t backing down.
The Blue Devils continued to answer each Wolfpack surge until an 8-0 run by Duke and a five-point lead stirred nerves around the arena.
Minutes later, Wood regained control and momentum for the Wolfpack with a four-point play. As he drained a three, David Thornton fouled him – a double technical called on some extra-curricular activities canceled out and an eight-point Duke lead becomes four in mere seconds.