What to know about North Carolina State University… Located in Raleigh, N.C., North Carolina State University is the state’s largest university with over 30,000 students. The principal technological school in North Carolina, NCSU was started in 1887 as a land-grant institution. The school’s historical strengths have been in agriculture, design, engineering and textiles.
Why are they the “Wolfpack?” The name was adopted in 1922 when a disgruntled fan described the behavior of the student body at athletic events as being “like a wolf pack.” Prior to the adoption of the current nickname, NC State athletic teams went by such names as the Aggies, the Techs, and the Red Terrors.
They play their games in…Carter-Finley Stadium with a capacity of 57,583. Located off-campus next to the RBC Center (home to the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and the N.C. State men’s basketball team), Carter-Finley Stadium has undergone a series of renovations over the last decade. The university began its renovations in 2001 by adding seats in the southern endzone and building the Murphy Center (home for the Wolfpack football program). Following the 2004-2005 football season, Vaughn Towers, a complex of luxury boxes, club seats, and media facilities was built at Carter-Finley. For the 2006 season, a new north end zone grandstand has been added.
Who is their mascot? Roaming the sidelines representing the Wolfpack are Mr. and Mrs. Wuf:
Who is the head coach? The Wolfpack are coached by Tom O’Brien, who is starting his third season in charge. His overall record at N.C. State is 11-14 and his career record is 86-59.
What you need to know about this year’s team: An excerpt from Wolfpack preview on the ACC’s “Road To Tampa Bay” site:
The Wolfpack and their faithful have a lot to look forward to this season. Two non-conference opponents from two power conferences, along with a challenging ACC schedule should make this season a very memorable one. An eight or nine win season is certainly a possibility; as is a trip to Tampa Bay. If N.C. State can stay healthy and remain fundamentally sound, it should be as Coach O’ Brien said, “a much more competitive football team.”
The Wolfpack expect to be the strongest on offense, with first-team All-ACC quarterback Russell Wilson leading the attack.
The last time they played the Gamecocks…was last year to open the 2008 season. The Gamecocks scored 21 points in the 4th quarter to pick up the win 34-0.
Series Record: 26-26-4.
You might recognize these guys…Jerricho Cotchery, Bill Cowher, Roman Gabriel, Torry Holt, Philip Rivers and Mario Williams all played for N.C. State before moving to the NFL.
Wolfpack news from the hometown paper: