The Doeren Dilemma

By: Trey Walker

On Friday afternoon, NC State will head to Chapel Hill to play the Tar Heels in the final game of the regular season. However, this is more than just a game. No matter how reluctant Carolina fans are to embracing the Wolfpack as true rivals, they must recognize that this matchup means something now.

North Carolina will be seeking vengeance. In the last meeting between the two teams in Chapel Hill, the Wolfpack used a strong 3 touchdown performance from QB Jacoby Brissett to breeze past Carolina, 35-7.

Senior Tar Heel Guard, Jon Heck expressed how much that game hurt in an interview with Inside Carolina.

“Nobody has forgotten two years ago and that was a nightmare for us and a terrible feeling,” Heck said. “Looking back when they came in and destroyed us, that’s one of the worst feelings I’ve had in my life.

Its this feeling that the Heels hope to never feel again.

On the flip side, NC State has plenty to play for. With a win they can: ruin any possibility for UNC to reach the ACC title game, and become bowl eligible for the third time under Dave Doeren. This brings us to my main point….. The Doeren Dilemma.


So State fans, lets face it. Getting rid of Tom O’Brien was a COLOSSAL mistake. TOB owned UNC, losing to the Heels only 1 time in his final season(5-1 overall). He also coached State to 4 bowl games, and pulled an impressive upset in the 2010 Russell Athletic Bowl against a strong West Virginia team, ranked 22nd nationally at the time. That team finished with a 9-4 record, the second highest win total in school history. O’Brien was let go by Debbie Yow after the 2012 season, claiming that she was unimpressed with recruiting.

Since Dave Doeren has taken over the program, little improvement has taken effect. Many say that he has made the program worse.

Community Viewpoints: Luke Brizzolara

FullSizeRender.jpgA junior at Broughton High School, Luke has been apart of the Pack since day one. He has seen the ups and downs of the program, and has developed a strong opinion on Dave Doeren’s performance as head coach, and how important Friday’s game is.

Q: Will Doeren’s future at NCSU be determined in this last game of the regular season?

LB: We need to be super competitive and continue to show we have the ability to go up against a top-25 team. If we get blown again, our games against FSU and Clemson won’t save him, as we have consistently underperformed against inferior or equal opponents. If we don’t win against Carolina, I don’t see a scenario in which we keep him. Too many seasons have been sub-par with Dave. This will be the nail in the coffin if he loses and fails to make a bowl game. 

As head coach, Doeren maintains a 23-26 overall record at State, and has never broken gotten his team ranked in the top 25 at any point. His bowl record is 1-1, the win coming against a mediocre Central Florida team. The statistics show that Doeren is no where close to as good as O’Brien was.

If NCSU doesn’t pull out a victory against UNC, it will be the second time (2/4 seasons) that a Doeren Wolfpack will be ineligible for bowl play.

Bottom Line: Cut ’em loose 

31 takeaways from the 31st Olympiad

By: Trey Walker

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are finally in the books. Check out 31 significant numbers to commemorate the 31st Olympics….

31 –

Goals in international play by American winger, Megan Rapinoe. However, Rapinoe did not score any goals in Rio as her team fell short of reaching the podium for the first time since Women’s Soccer became an Olympic sport.

30- USA Gold (

Amount of points the United States men’s basketball team beat Serbia by in the Gold Medal match. Duke’s very own Coach K led the US to their 3rd straight gold medal.


International rugby events for Carlin Isles. Rio was his first representing the United States in the Olympics.


Sports that Team USA competed in. Of the 28 sports, 121 medals came home.


Gold medals earned by Team USA’s female athletes. If the women decided to form their own country they would have finished tied with Great Britain in gold medals.


26-0. Score of the first victory for Team USA in Olympic Rugby; this year’s games was the first to feature Rugby since 1924.

25-Male Swimmers (

Male American Swimmers.


Basketball players. Every single player plays professionally in either WNBA or NBA.

23-Michael Phelps Stealthy (

Gold medals earned by Michael Phelps. Over his five visits to the Olympics, he has earned 28 medals total.


22,000 Brazilian military members assigned to the Rio Games. The military made up a fraction of the 85,000 total security detail.

21-Olympic Torch (

April 21st, 2016. The day that the Olympic torch was lit for the Rio Games in the birthplace of the Olympics: Olympia, Greece.


Olympics sponsored by Coca-Cola. (Since 1928)

19- brazil flag

Total medals collected by host nation, Brazil.


Gold medals up for grabs in gymnastics. The United States earned 4 of the 18 available. (22% gold medal winning percentage)


Days of competition.


Kanak Jha

Age of Kanak Jha, the youngest athlete to represent Team USA in Rio(table tennis).


Age of female swimmer phenomenon, Katie Ledecky when she received her first Gold Medal.

14-Barnes Team USA (

Athletes from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; more than any other college in the state of North Carolina.


World Record breaking performances by US swimmer Katie Ledecky in her career(most recently: 800 Meter).


$11.5-12 Billion. The estimated expenses for the Olympics.

11- Olympic Partners (IOC)

Worldwide Sponsors of the Games.


10.4 K athletes participated from 206 different countries.

9-Usain Bolt (

Gold Medals by Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt. After going 9/9 in all of his Olympic races, he is now considered the fastest man ever. He has never come in any places other than 1st.


Golfers(including the world’s top 4) declined playing in Rio due to the Zika Virus concerns.


Million tickets available for purchase of the different events.

6-Kim Rhode (

Olympics for American sharpshooter, Kim Rhode. She is the 1st member from Team USA to medal in 6 Olympics.

5-Simone Biles (

Medals for 4’9″ gymnast, Simone Biles. Biles finished her successful trip to Rio tied for the most medals by a United States gymnast in 1 Olympics.


Billion global viewers of the Rio Games.


3,000 Brazilians forced to relocate their residence by the construction of the different venues for the Games.


New Olympic Sports: Golf and Rugby.


Place the United States finished in the medal count for the 6th straight Olympics, with 121.




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Team USA Ready To Roll

By: Trey Walker

Four years have slowly passed since London, and this Friday marks the beginning of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Team USA looks well represented across the board, but the basketball team in particular seems to be a clear favorite for the gold already. It is Coach K’s last giddy-up with the national team, and he plans to return home with another gold for the homeland. A handful of players declined to play for the stars and stripes this go round for many reasons(Zika Virus concerns, rest, and others), but here is the group of players that the US rounded up…

United States of America Olympic Team Roster


Team USA in a press conference. PC: USA Today

(#15)- Forward, Carmelo Anthony

(#8)- Forward, Harrison Barnes

(#4)- Forward, Jimmy Butler

(#12)- Center, DeMarcus Cousins

(#9)- Guard, DeMar DeRozan

(#5)- Forward, Kevin Durant

(#13)- Guard, Paul George

(#14)- Forward, Draymond Green

(#10)- Guard, Kyrie Irving

(#6)- Center, DeAndre Jordan

(#7)- Guard, Kyle Lowry

(#11)- Guard, Klay Thompson

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski

Assistant Coaches: Jim Boeheim, Tom Thibodeau, and Monty Williams

Draymond Green Gone Nuts…..(Literally)

There haven’t been that many off-of-the-court distractions leading up to the Olympics, except for the troubled Golden State Warrior, Draymond Green. On Monday, July 11th, Green was arrested on assault charges after beating a Michigan State football player in an East Lansing bar. A plea bargain was later met between Green and local law enforcement that would lower his charge to a noise infraction, and pay a $560 fee.

Draymond Bummed

Green has been struggling in the face of the media lately.

The fun didn’t stop there.

Green was caught accidentally posting explicit pictures of his groin area up for the public to see on his Snapchat this last week. Initially, he claimed to have been hacked, but later admitted to hitting the wrong button.

Otherwise, the national team has been taking care of business in their pre-olympic showcase series. During some moments, the Americans have been showboating a good amount. In the 107-57 victory over China, Coach K said after the game, “We had a little bit too much fun out there tonight. We have to tone that down a little bit.”

The United States went undefeated in exhibition play(5-0), and averaged a 43 point victory margin in those games. This team isn’t the Dream Team, but they are also not a squad of washed up scrubs. Coach K has more versatility in his lineup than most other countries do,(the USA is the only competing country that has all team members as active NBA players).

Teams that could possibly upset the Americans:

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The French stand a remote chance, primarily because their starting 5 contains 3 NBA players: Rudy Gobert, Nic Batum, and Tony Parker. In addition, the French bench is relatively deep, highlighted by former Euroleague MVP, Nando De Colo, Spurs Forward, Boris Diaw, and Nuggets big man, Joffrey Auvergne.

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Furthermore, the reigning Eurobasket champions will put up a fight with their strong inside presence. Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic both have been great for the Spaniards in national play.

What it comes down to: Nobody is going to beat the United States. 

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Railhawks Draw Hammers in Sellout Crowd

By: Trey Walker

Wakemed Soccer Park:  Cary, NC                                   July 12, 2016

For the first time ever, a British Premier League team made a trip to the Triangle for a friendly. High hopes surrounded this match, as it was the first ever sellout in Railhawks history (10,125 people were in attendance).  Prior to the match, fans enjoyed food and festivities outside the stadium. The sun set behind the east stand and at 8, arguably Carolina’s most important match ever began.

Initially, the momentum of the game didn’t really favor either West Ham or Carolina, defensive stops resulted in counterattacks that sailed off target or were turned over.

Until the 13th minute.

Carolina had pushed the ball onto the Hammers side of the field, where a wingman crossed the rock over to forward Matt Fondy for a shot on goal.

In attempt to clear the ball out, West Ham defender, Winston Reid, slid near the goal and in front of Fondy, and took a bad touch. The ball slipped past the goalie for an own goal. Suddenly fireworks shot up, and the crowd went absolutely berserk, for their 5 to 1 underdog Railhawks had just taken a 1-0 lead over an elite Premier League team.

Fans really expressed their pride after the own goal. One man sitting close shouted, “Reid is our best player!”

Play shortly resumed, and it did not take long for the Hammers to earn back what they had lost. Ironically, Winston Reid(Guess he learned which goal to shoot on) scored the equalizer for West Ham in the 17th minute.

West Ham took advantage of the momentum swing, and in the 20th minute, notched one more goal before the half off of a nice shot from forward Andy Carroll.

Once the whistle blew for halftime, the PA announcer informed the fans to stay in their seats and await an “important announcement”. Then Railhawks owner, Steve Malik, and the play by play announcer approached midfield and stopped in front of a press conference back-drop.

The crowd fell silent awaiting the big news.

Steve Malik took the mic and happily informed the fans that the Railhawks had just signed Mexican International Team star, Omar Bravo, who he believed to be the biggest front office move in franchise history. Bravo emerged from the tunnel and received a warm welcome from his fans. He is the all-time leading scorer at his former club, Cd Chivas Guadalajara, and should be a great scorer for the Railhawks.


Bravo being signed at Wakemed.

A slew of substitutions occurred before the teams continued to play in the second half. Both teams looked a little sluggish coming out of the break, and players started to get a little chippy with one another.

Rain started to fall in the early moments of the half, and in the 62nd minute, the referee decided to postpone the game after spotting lightning. Fans were forced to evacuate the stadium. Many fled to their cars and headed home.

In their last important homestand (against the New England Revolution of the MLS), the Railhawks fell victim of inclement weather(the game was called due to lightning) and they were not about to let that happen again.

After about a 45 minute delay, the match finally resumed. Despite taking a break, the fans didn’t fail to keep it rowdy.

As time waned, the Railhawks started to take chances, as it was becoming evident that a draw was a more plausible outcome than a victory.

In the 67th minute, Marvin Ceballos was rewarded a penalty kick after a West Ham defender committed a hand ball inside of the box, and easily scored the tying goal.

No team had complete control for the rest of the game, it was evenly matched. When the referee blew the final whistle, the soaked, exhausted, dirty players applauded their keeper and the crowd.

This game was a great step forward for soccer in the Triangle. Carolina proved that they can hang with high caliber competition, and the Triangle proved that they will show out for matches.

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