The basics of NC State

Trevor Mcnaboe

Raleigh, North Carolina, home of the North Carolina State Wolfpack, is the site of another block of Georgia Southern University history. The first game ever played by the Eagles as a FBS program will take place deep in the Tar Heel State at Carter-Finley Stadium.

While the Eagles are in the genesis of playing college football, NC State has been around since the late 1800s.

In fact the football program began in 1892 and began their longstanding rivalry with UNC in 1894, a tradition that has since been upheld with the teams playing a total of 101 times.

Like Georgia Southern, NC State played in the Southern Conference from 1921-1953 before joining the Atlantic Coast Conference as a charter member.

During their time in the Southern Conference, the Wolfpack managed to win one conference championship back in 1927 under head coach Gus Tebell with a 9-1 record overall.

Entering the team’s 122nd season of play, the Wolfpack have compiled an all-time record of 560-542-55, including 14 bowl victories.

NC State’s won 11 conference championships in the program’s history, seven of which have been in the ACC. However, the Wolfpack have a drought that stretches back 35 years from the last championship.

Many players have suited up for the Wolfpack during their collegiate career including two number one overall picks: quarterback Roman Gabriel in 1962 and defensive end Mario Williams in 2006.

Some other notable alumni of NC State include: San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (who played at Wisconsin), former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Torry Holt and current Washington Redskins cornerback David Amerson.

Thirty-three coaches have held the head coaching position for the Wolfpack over the past century, with the most current coach being Dave Doeran.

Doeran was hired in 2013 after previously holding the head coach position at Northern Illinois University. In his first season the Wolfpack went 0-8 in conference and 3-9 overall.

Some of NC State’s best success has come under the tutelage Earle Edwards from 1954-1970 where the team went 77-88-8 and won five conference championships including three in a row from 1963-1965.

The Wolfpack before last season made three straight bowl appearances winning two of them in 2010 and 2011.

NC State’s home field is Carter-Finley Stadium, a facility that was opened in 1966 and housed 41,000 fans. The stadium underwent renovation in 2006 to expand the amount of seating to a total of 57,583 people.

You can expect a capacity crowd to fill the stadium as both teams face off for the first time in both program’s history as FBS opponents on Saturday.