In a span of 9 hours, NC State gave head coach Mark Gottfried a raise and contract extension, and lost their season opener by 17 at home to one of the worst NCAA Division I programs.
NC State’s hilarious “This is Our State” marketing campaign, an idea plagiarized from Mississippi State, has become even more comical in a year where their athletic teams have lost to nearly every other program in the state, including an 82-72 home defeat to NC Central on Wednesday.
ABC11’s Mark Armstrong reached out to Debbie for her thoughts on the marketing department’s latest colossal backfire:
Since it's become such a recurring and popular topic of discussion, I traded a couple texts with Debbie Yow about 'Our State' today…
— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) November 21, 2013
Here is the text of the following tweets:
“The history is it was meant as a tribute to our fans, who span the mountains to the seashores of NC. Others saw it as a statement of dominance in competition and still others saw it as simply a play on our name, State.” As for whether a run of disappointing results would maybe result in a change of tack? “The marketing staff discusses themes each Spring, so we just are not there yet. I do not know what they will recommend.”
In what is becoming a trademark move of Debbie Yow’s style of directing the athletic department, she sent out yet another email to some of the more dedicated Wolfpackers who had sent her messages about Tom O’Brien’s decision to punt the ball to Gio Bernard at the end of the UNC game on Saturday.
I am writing a group email this morning to those who have expressed their concerns about the loss to UNC-CH. There were a couple of issues expressed by several of you that I will respond to as best I can below:
(1.) IN GAME DECISIONS: ADs do express opinions and ask questions in private to their Head Coach about game decisions/strategies that do not work well, but it would be highly unusual for an AD to publicly criticize any strategy employed during a game. I agree with that philosophy of communication…no matter which sport it might be.
(2.) SPECIAL YEAR: I am aware that this was anticipated to be a special year for us, with the possibility of playing in Charlotte the first weekend in December for the ACC Championship. That appears to be out of reach now with the loss to UNC-CH. As unsatisfactory as it might seem to you today, the only comment I have at this time is that I continue to remain focused on doing whatever I can to support the efforts of this team and staff. Our young men played a gritty and determined game against UNC-CH in an extremely hostile environment and I want them to know that their fighting spirit as our student athletes is truly appreciated.
I acknowlege and regret the considerable disappointment you feel. The majority of you communicate your issues with respect and class. Thank you for that, as well. I hope to see you in Carter Finley for our Homecoming game against Virginia.
In the spirit of the Pack,
Debbie is at it again. After their loss to UNC in the ACC tournament, she emailed “a group of special Wolfpackers who are passionate about the ‘Pack” to let them know what she was doing about the perceived officiating bias against NC State.
When asked by the Greensboro News & Record, she would neither confirm nor deny that she had sent the message, saying she “cannot answer”.
“I am writing this response today to a group of special Wolfpackers who are passionate about the ‘Pack and who have contacted me.
Many of you have voiced a feeling of distrust for the fairness and impartiality of officiating as related to State basketball.
I wanted to share with you a few updates of our communications with the ACC office, since that is the single most often voiced question.
1. The Commissioner and I most recently met at the ACC Tournament in Atlanta. Before the Tournament, we talked by phone.
2. Regarding the ejection of two former players at the RBC and the initials of that official being on the shoes of officials throughout the opening game of the ACC Tournament, the Commissioner has heard clearly my concerns regarding these matters. As you know, the official was reprimanded and the Commissioner indicated that neither he nor the ACC director of officials was aware that having the initials on the shoes was going to happen.
3. We have begun addressing the widely held view of officiating inconsistencies in the unc game and will work with Coach Gottfried on that, once we get to a place where we have the ability to focus on it. Right now, we are preparing the film of missed calls/no calls to send to the Director of Officiating at the ACC for his review and feedback.
4. Coach Gottfried has no recollection of being cursed at by an official during the heat of the tournament game. I understand that two media sources tweeted that this occurred and I know the quote they attributed to the official. We will follow up with each media person to seek further details and then share all of that information with the ACC.
5. I have also addressed other issues with the conference such as the bb gun statement made by an opposing coach and the quote regarding how ACC officials “study team tendencies”, something that was disconcerting to a number of fans and to us.
I know you care deeply about your Wolfpack and want you to know that we are expressing our concerns. That is why I wanted to take time to share more detail with you today.
I am so pleased that through adversity we have played our way back into the NCAA Tournament where we belong. I am also proud of our dedicated fan base that is made up of terrific Wolfpackers like you.