If You Could Rewrite Wolfpack History, What Would You Change?

Brett Friedlander

Every school, regardless of how successful, has had its share of athletic moments its fans would love to have back. You know, the kind of disappointments that continue to sting for years -- and sometimes even decades -- after the fact.

NC State just happens to have more of those moments that most.

So here's the challenge for you Wolfpack Nation: 

If you had the opportunity to go back in time and change the result of one event in State's sports history, which would you choose?

Here are a few suggestions;

  • T.A. McLendon's goal line plunge that was originally called a go-ahead touchdown with six seconds left against North Carolina in 2004, only to have the call overturned when it was ruled his knee hit the ground before the ball broke the plane of the goal line. McLendon then fumbled on the next play, giving the Tar Heels the victory.
  • Kyle Bambard's missed 33-yard field goal that could have beaten Clemson at Death Valley in 2016, leaving the door open for the Tigers to steal the win in overtime.
  • The 2016 NCAA baseball regional final against Coastal Carolina in which the Wolfpack was two outs away from advancing to the super regionals before rain delayed the finish until the following day -- when the Chanticleers rallied to win the game on the way to their unlikely national championship.
  • Either of the two epic extra inning ACC baseball tournament losses to UNC in which the Wolfpack wasted masterful pitching performances by Carlos Rodon.
  • The basketball team's NCAA 2019 NCAA basketball snub while a number of schools with significantly higher NET rankings got in as at large selections.
  • Or maybe you want to set the way way back machine for 1989 to undo the damage done to the Wolfpack's basketball program by the publishing of Peter Golenbock's book "Personal Fouls.

There are plenty of other possibilities and we'd like to hear your picks. So let's rewrite history by posting them in the comment section below.

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Comments (15)
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MyWolfpack1
MyWolfpack1

1967 football game against Penn State. At 8-0, and ranked number 3 in nation, Pack is stopped at goal line for what would have been winning touchdown. Win that game, and
we’re number 1 in nation. Pack played that game without All American, and Hall of Fame
tackle Dennis Byrd, who was hit by a cheap shot after the whistle blew against Duke, and was then out for year. I believe I’m correct, but that team, including bowl win against Georgia, had the winningest percentage ever for a season for Wolfpack football team.

Kenny Rhyne
Kenny Rhyne

Greatest come from behind game vs UNCheaters. Down by 21 at halftime. Kenny Matthews catches fire and we take the lead late. Clyde Austin reverse pivots and does not cross over his dribble!!! You all know the rest of the story. That is as quiet as I ever heard Reynolds.

Geoffgw
Geoffgw

Definitely what happened to Jimmy V with both him and the chancellor run out of town because a few whiny brat benchwarmers ratted out some sneaker and ticket sales while UNC commits 18 years of athletic academic fraud known by just about everyone and lawyers and markets its way out it with nary a handslap, disgusting. There is a reason it is called the “UNC” Board of Governors. I still wonder how many drinks John Swofford had with his NCAA buddies?

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Brett Friedlander
Brett Friedlander

Editor

You do realize that Swoff wasn't the commissioner when that happened, right?

Geoffgw
Geoffgw

Of course I do, he was ACC commissioner when the case was resolved and still has his Carolina hat

Wroncsu
Wroncsu

The UCLA CWS game. State wins the Title if that god awful throw from the UCLA LF doesn’t bounce off the wall behind home plate, and straight back to the catcher.

G.C. Wilson
G.C. Wilson

Forget the stolen victories by incompetent officials such as the TA McLendon TD robbery, the baseball loss to UNC in Durham because umpire was too pumped to call a UNC strike instead of keeping his fathead in the game or the Rick Hartzell screw up at NCAA tourney. Those have nothing to do with the teams playing just ACC officials (in 2 cases) who were myopic. The games I want back are where the Wolfpack lost based on one or two individual mistakes that changed the course of the game. Certainly the missed FG at Clemson, or the dead duck FG by Penn State that defied physics and bounced over the goal post are tops.

The worst was losing at Ohio State in triple overtime in Rivers soph year. Amato started a rookie wideout to return kickoffs. He let a very early OSU kickoff bounce off his helmet for OSU to recover around the 5 yd line.
Quick, easy TD for OSU that required little effort from the five yd line. Otherwise the game doesn't end in a tie. Big win nationally for State and who knows how that affects the season.

blackdoglz09
blackdoglz09

'03 ACC Championship game where they blew a 12 point lead to Duke with 10 min left and the next year in the ACC Semis where they blew a 19 point halftime lead to Maryland.

PackPawl
PackPawl

Would’ve been fun to see Russell in the ACC championship in 2010 if Torrey Smith wouldn’t have happened. Would have altered the future of State’s football program from that point significantly as well.

Brett Friedlander
Brett Friedlander

Editor

State still hasn't completely recovered from that ...

Steelwolf95
Steelwolf95

Jimmy V wouldn’t get run out of town by a cabal of angry individuals with an ax to grind and a UNC BOG that at best turned a blind eye to it and worse participated in his ouster.


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