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Ask A Twitterholic

May 12, 2011

It's time for a new feature here at R&R: "Ask A Twitterholic."

This is where you, as a follower of mine on Twitter, can submit questions and I'll do my best to answer them in a fashion similar to how they would be answered by someone knowledgeable. If you squint really hard, you can almost pretend I'm someone in the media. Almost.

On with the questions!

1. From lcdwx12: What are your expectations for football season?

I expect State to finish closer to the "pack" (pun intended) than we did last season.

For one, State will be breaking in a new quarterback this year. Mike Glennon will finally get his shot to see what he can do, and with that will come growing pains. He may very well be a skinny Philip Rivers, but I think it's safe to assume the Pack will drop a game, maybe two, that it should win.

The one I'm earmarking right now for that is the Wake Forest game in Week Two. It's on the road, it's early in the year, they play an unconventional offensive scheme and the Deacs are coached by Jim Grobe, a coach too good to simply fall off his game with one bad year behind him.

Top all that with the fact State has historically struggled in Winston-Salem over recent years, and while State will finish ahead of Wake in the standings in the Atlantic Division, I think we'll see State fall on the road to the Deacs. Then again, I over-sold Wake Forest last year so take my guess with a grain of salt.

Working in Glennon/State's favor, however, is a back-loaded schedule. All the creampuffs are upfront, and most of the tougher games fall in the back-half of the schedule. That gives Glennon some margin of error to make some mistakes without it costing State in the waning moments of a game.

Here's next year's schedule:

2011 NC State Football Schedule
09/03/11 vs. Liberty TV Raleigh, N.C. 6:00 p.m. ET
09/10/11 at Wake Forest TV Winston-Salem, N.C. 3:30 p.m. ET


09/17/11  vs. South Alabama TV Raleigh, N.C. 6:00 p.m. ET
09/22/11 at Cincinnati TV Cincinnati, Ohio 8:00 p.m. ET
10/01/11 vs. Georgia Tech Raleigh, N.C. TBA
10/08/11 vs. Central Michigan Raleigh, N.C. TBA
10/22/11 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. TBA
10/29/11 at Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. TBA
11/05/11 vs. North Carolina Raleigh, N.C. TBA
11/12/11 at Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. TBA
11/19/11 vs. Clemson Raleigh, N.C. TBA
11/26/11 vs. Maryland Raleigh, N.C. TBA

I think a schedule like that sets us up to finish right around 6-6 or 7-5 next year, with a potential ceiling of nine wins and a floor of hopefully no fewer than five wins.

The downside to the way the schedule is set up, it's so unbalanced and strenuous on the back-end, the Pack could rocket off to a 7-0 start, only to lose the last five. As Tommy Bowden will tell you, a meteoric rise, coupled with a smashing crash to earth, is an easy way to get yourself fired. Do I think Tom O'Brien would be fired if that were to happen? No. But it sure wouldn't make folks happy as they think about what could've been and what got away. (See also: Last year.)

To sum up, I expect we'll see Glennon struggle early but have his bacon saved by the team around him save for one WTF loss, and while Glennon will be more seasoned, I expect the back-half of the schedule will result in more losses than wins. 7-5.

2. From Out_OnALimbHarrow moves on…Purvis renounces his commitment to L'ville quickly thereafter. Coincidence?

Right now, I believe it is. But if Purvis had or does commit to State shortly after Harrow leaves, that seems like more than one big, huge, gigantic coincidence. 

I think Purvis and Harrow are close enough as boys (they mention each other on Twitter all the time) that Purvis won't snatch up his bud's vacated spot immediately. This is just a hunch, but if Purvis truly wants to be at State, he'll probably continue to remain open while Harrow decides on a school to transfer to. 

I think reading any into the two events that happened so close to one another would be just speculative.

3. From Joey_Powell (friend of mine and noted UNC fan): Why does the media, the government and the better part of the free world seek to keep NC State down?

This is a very good question. One that, if knew the answer to, would probably lead to my untimely execution by the college sports world's version of an Illuminati. We're not MEANT to know, Joey! That's just it! If we knew the answer why, it would take all the fun from State winning three NCAA titles in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Everyone loves a good redemption story, after all.

4. From jskinner23Is Turgeon 'Mr. Reverence' (meaning Md hired the guy Yow didn't want)?

​I believe I can say with a fairly good degree of confidence that yes, Mark Turgeon was in fact the guy who gushed about Duke and Carolina in his conversation with Debbie Yow. That theory has been suggested, and then confirmed by those who know, in enough separate places for me to believe it was he that said it, and not Gregg Marshall or someone else.

It makes sense when you consider the fact Turgeon played under Larry Brown at Kansas (UNC alum) and sat on the coaching bench beside Roy Williams at the outset of his coaching career. Since we're making assumptions, one would assume he gushed more about UNC than Duke, which in the eyes of a State fan or administrator, is the far WORSE of the two to hold up in "reverence."

If you're keeping score at home, that makes TWO Maryland basketball coaches she slammed during the Gottfried presser, and I'm sure explains why Turgeon didn't hesitate to toss in a "sabotage" comment during his own press conference this week.


This was fun, and hopefully we can do it again! Don't forget to follow all those folks kind enough to submit questions, (yes, even Joey…he's good people, trust me, not to mention funny as hell). They earned it.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'll get back to trying to put out Twitter fires of my own doing…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2011 9:22 pm

    How great would it be if Ryan Harrow announces where he is going to transfer to and then on the same day Rodney Purvis commits to the Pack and completely buries the news? Probably unlikely but in an ideal world I would get a lot of enjoyment out of that

    • admin permalink
      May 17, 2011 9:07 am

      Look, I get no joy in losing a player like Harrow, and I wouldn’t want things to transpire in a way to spite him on purpose. He’s a kid, perhaps a bit emotional at times, but by all accounts a good kid who just wasn’t happy with the new coaching staff. Let’s let him go, without malice, and hope he succeeds elsewhere (just not if he should ever face the Pack).

      And if folks want to knock Harrow for all his tweets, I’ve got news for you: Rodney Purvis tweets quite a bit himself. So let’s not be so quick to slam a guy for doing something that another elite prospect does as well, one we would LOVE to have in the fold.

  2. PackHooligan permalink
    May 16, 2011 5:33 pm

    I’m not sure how the timing worked, but Purvis’ main recruiter at Louisville took a job on Frank Haith’s staff at Missouri.  That is a possible reason for the decommit. 

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