The 1971 NC State football team struggled to a 3-8 record. But that struggle was quickly erased when Lou Holtz took over as head coach the following season, leading the team to second-place finish in the ACC with a 7-3-1 record.
And on this day in 1972, the Wolfpack got its eighth victory that season, winning its first-ever Peach Bowl (now known as the Chick-fil-A Bowl) with a 49-13 burying of Bobby Bowden’s West Virginia Mountaineers.
Freshman backup quarterback Dave Buckey found himself under center after starter Bruce Shaw broke his arm in practice. All Buckey did that December day was throw for two touchdowns and run for one.
The game capped the first of four successful campaigns for Holtz, who bolted for the NFL and the New York Jets in 1975. And that 1972 Peach Bowl also gave the legendary coach a win against his home state’s flagship university.
Bryan Wall, a linebacker on the ’72 squad, recounted in the 1973 Agromeck what Holtz said at a banquet about West Virgina. “I was born in the state of West Virginia,” Wall credited Holtz with saying. “I left at the age of seven–the age of reasoning. When I was in Ohio I told everybody I was proud to be from West Virginia, and then this guy told me the only good thing to come out of West Virginia was an empty bus.”
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Photo courtesy of Seattle Seahawks.
Most NC State fans probably think of Russell Wilson when they think about the current trend of college football teams getting a player from another school to transfer in and play for only one year. They probably recall how the storied Wolfpack quarterback took his final year of eligibility to the Wisconsin Badgers and led them to a Big 10 title last season.
But what fans may not remember is that State also benefited from the rule allowing such transfers when a kicker named Steven Hauschka came to Raleigh in 2007.
The Wolfpack scored 220 points during the 2007 season. The team’s leading scorer, accounting for 33 percent of the total points scored, was Hauschka.
Originally from Needham, Mass., Hauschka didn’t started kicking for a football team until his sophomore year at Middlebury College in Vermont. “My roommates were football players and they needed a kicker, ” says Hauschka, who studied neuroscience at Middlebury. “I won the job and did the punting and kicking there for the next three years.”
Hauschka had one year of eligibility left when he graduated, and the NCAA allows a student to transfer without having to sit out a year if the athlete’s new college offers a graduate program not offered by the original school.
Such was the case, and Hauschka’s one season with the Wolfpack began. He went 16-18 that year in field goals and 25-25 in extra points, leading the ACC in kicking and being named a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation’s top kicker. Upon leaving NC State, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minesota Vikings in 2008.
After four years of bouncing around from five different NFL teams, Hauschka found his leg with the Seattle Seahawks last season. He made at least one field goal in 12 straight games, tying the longest streak in Seahawks’ history, and connected on five field goals in a November 2011 game against the Baltimore Ravens, one of his old teams. He has continued his success this year, going 19-22 in field goal attempts. “I was just developing as a kicker,” he says. “I just needed another opportunity. I was fortunate to get an opportunity here.”
Hauschka says the most important facet of being a kicker in the NFL is the mental component. That’s just the nature of the game when so much of what a kicker does is put under a microscope. “It’s, ‘What have you done for me lately?’” he says. “You only get a few attempts a game, and you’re only as good as your last kick.”
But, he says, once a kicker accepts that, the worry and anxiety go out the door. “The more you do, the more you get used to it,” he says. “It’s not a really big deal in my life at this point.”
Steven Hauschka at NC State. Photo courtesy of NC State Athletics.
The key for Hauschka avoiding stress comes with him working on his breathing techniques and the support of his teammates, some of whom are old Wolfpack buddies.
Russell Wilson and J.R. Sweezy also play for Seattle and came to State with their kicking counterpart in 2007. Hauschka says they all lived on the same hall at NC State and have stayed close friends since their Wolfpack days.
Add to that a rational view of the big picture, and you’ve got a mentally stable professional kicker.
“You don’t think about it as a kicker,” Hauschka says of a missed field goal. “As a kicker, you have to think about all the good stuff you’ve done for the team. The sky’s the limit when you think positively.”
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In NC State’s early years, the library was nothing more than a small collection of books that shared a building used for other purposes. It’s initial home was in what was known as Main Building (later renamed Holladay Hall), and it moved into the first floor of the new Pullen Hall in 1903.
But as the library’s collection grew — to 10,000 books by the 1920s — college officials and the Alumni Association told state lawmakers that the college needed its own library building. They argued that the existing facilities were “literally a disgrace to an institution of our proportions,” according to North Carolina State University: A Narrative History, by Alice Elizabeth Reagan.
The appeal was successful, with the General Assembly appropriating funds for a new library building. And, on this day in 1923, a contract for the construction of that building was awarded to Joe W. Stout & Company, according to an account in Historical State, an online archive maintained by NCSU Libraries. The cost of the building was to be $227,500.
The new library building, finished in 1926, was later named Brooks Hall in honor of former NC State president Eugene Clyde Brooks. Brooks Hall now houses the College of Design.
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Everett Case knew 1949 would be a historic year for NC State basketball. For one, he knew the Wolfpack had its new home with Reynolds Coliseum opening that December. So he felt compelled to add a little competitive flavor to the Christmas season that year by introducing a new tournament featuring the Big Four — NC State, UNC, Wake Forest and Duke.
And on this day in 63 years ago, the Dixie Classic held it’s first day of action, and the Wolfpack defeated Rhode Island State, 81-64. Penn State, Georgia Tech and West Virginia were the other schools who joined the Rams to take on the Big Four Schools. NC State won the inaugural tourney that first year with a win over Penn State.
Case’s vision for the Dixie Classic sprang from his love of the tournament basketball he had seen in his home state of Indiana, according to Bethany Bradsher’s The Classic: How Everett Case and His Tournament Brought Big Time Basketball to the South.
Program cover from inaugural Dixie Classic. Picture courtesy of Richard Currin Jr.
“He loved the atmosphere created by tournament basketball, the showmanship of the event and the feeling that any team could press through and go home with a towering trophy,” Bradsher writes. “It was a passion born in Indiana, where high school ball had no size divisions and the smallest schools could play for the state tittle… Case was fond of saying, ‘A tournament is like a banquet, and every game is a feast.’”
The Dixie Classic became a favorite annual tradition for Wolfpack fans around the state. And it also served as a stage for NC State’s dominance, as Case’s team went on to win seven tournament titles from 1949-60.
But it also fell victim to a scandal in 1961 when three Wolfpack players found themselves entangled in a point-shaving scandal. The Dixie Classic was canceled that year out of a growing fear of organized crime’s penetration into college athletics.
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Nashville is one of the South’s most famous cities, sitting proud atop its rich cultural and music history. Most probably know that it’s the birthplace of country music and a vibrant sports town. But when we caught up with some of our Music City-based NC State alums to serve as guides for those heading to the city for the Music City Bowl matchup between NC State and Vanderbilt, we found out that Nashville is also home to the best restroom in America.
Luanne Price Howard
That’s the honor which Luanne Price Howard ’83 says was given in 2008 to the men’s room at The Oak Bar in the Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville. Price Howard, a freelance graphic designer, says the Oak Bar is one of the best places in town to get a drink and unwind.
But, she says, any visitor should focus on food. And in Nashville, she says, that means getting used to “meat and three” restaurants, where a patron gets a choice of one meat and three sides. Arnold’s, located on 8th Avenue South, is one of the best in the city, Price Howard says, and the owner, Jack Arnold, is from North Carolina.
When it comes to something more unusual, Price Howard says to stop by Las Paletas, made famous by their gourmet Mexican popsicles. “Keith [Urban] and Nicole [Kidman] are rumored to go there when they want to celebrate,” she says.
Ben Schmidt ’04, a researcher in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at Vanderbilt University, says there are other great choices for eating downtown, like Rotier’s on Elliston near Centennial Park. He says if you want burgers, check out Gabby’s Burgers and Fries and The Pharmacy Burger Parlor.
But, Schmidt says, it’s music that visitors will end up wanting to devour.
“I think visitors should just spend some time wandering through downtown and experiencing all of the music options,” he says. “There are great live country, rock, and blues bands all within a few blocks, and it’s easy to spend the day passing in and out of places. ”
Schmidt is particularly fond of The Station Inn, a bluegrass venue near downtown around 12th Avenue South and Division Street. “Last time I was there, an 11-year-old violinist performed solo and got a standing ovation from the crowd,” he says.
Brock Slagle with Scotty McCreery.
Brock Slagle ’98, one of the owners of BlueSky Filmworks in Nashville, says visitors should not miss out on Nashville’s old standards, like the Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry House and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
But he says the best thing about Nashville is the feel of it. “I have been here 13 years and am still discovering new things about the city,” he says. “You can feel the creative juices flowing all the time, and it is obvious by the amazing things that Nashville produces.”
Price Howard, Schmidt and Slagle all plan to be at the Music City Bowl, and all feel good about the chances for a Wolfpack win.
“There is no doubt in my mind that I will be rooting for the Wolfpack!” Schmidt says. “Black and gold [Vanderbilt's colors] reminds me too much of Wake Forest, and I’ve been against them for years. Even though Vandy trounced Tennessee, who we struggled early with in the year, I expect State to put up a strong showing and win by a touchdown.
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Photographer and documentarian David Evans says it’s often tough to make a subject feel natural and communicate effectively in an interview. Those subjects aren’t used to seeing a camera follow them around in their everyday lives. So he had a rather ingenious idea for his latest project.
Evans, who graduated from NC State in 1984 with a design degree, was back in the United States two years ago preparing for a trip to Sandrandahy, a village in the central highlands of Madagascar, where he would spend a month shooting The Silkies of Madagascar. He was still a month away from touching down and filming, but he had a contact there in Natalie Mundy, a Peace Corps volunteer who was helping the village’s women understand and reach a sustainable global market with their silk weavings.
Mundy had warned Evans that the women were shy and could take a while to open up to him when he got there. So Evans had Mundy and her husband build a fake oversize camera out of a box and attach a broom to it, resembling a boom mic. She spent the month asking them questions and getting the village’s women to reveal their emotions. “When I got there,” Evans says, “these women were like they were professionally media-trained.”
Natalie Mundy with Evans’ makeshift “camera.” Photo courtesy of David Evans.
That solution just came to Evans, whose experience working for National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and the United Nations Foundation helped him think outside of — and with, in this case — the box. And the results not only paid off in creating effective relationships with the women of Sandrandahy, but it helped Evans produce a documentary that traces the changing economic and political landscape of the village.
The film’s trailer just won a prestigious CINE Golden Eagle award, which recognizes excellence in the film and television industry.
Sandrandahy is a village steeped in the tradition of silk weaving, Evans says. But there’s no market for silk in Madagascar because it’s so expensive. So Mundy showed the women that their woven scarves and hats had value outside of the country. She helped the women and their products reach the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, a nonprofit in New Mexico. And the money that followed the women back to their village altered the course of the community for years to come.
“Men were responsible for bringing in the income,” Evans says of the village before Mundy’s arrival. “Women helped bring in rice from the field. The certainly weren’t involved in commerce and in community decision-making. But they are now.”
Photo courtesy of David Evans.
Now, the women provide the money to build houses and pay school fees for their children. They learned that they held the power to pave their own path.
That’s what Evans most likes about the stories he sees unfold in his work. “I get in the field and I hear the first story,” he says. “Or I see some exotic piece of art I want to buy. And someone sees that there’s some opportunity for them in the world. There’s a lot of emotional fulfillment.”
Evans is editing the longer movie, which he says will probably be finished by April and could premiere some time in the summer of 2013.
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Willie Young chases down former Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson. Photo by Gavin Smith/Detroit Lions.
Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young has been fishing for so long that he can depend on an unpredictable way of finding a fishing hole. He pulls up the GPS on his phone and looks out a larger radius for blue spots representing water. Then he follows the directions to take him to the blue destinations.
The former Wolfpacker loves fishing so much, he doesn’t especially care where he ends up, as long as it’s wet. “I may end up down the road,” Young says, laughing at himself. “I’ve ended up in some places you’d be surprised.”
And sometimes those places put Young, who played at NC State from 2006-09 before being drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft, in precarious situations.
On one of his recent excursions, he ended up fishing in a lake in what turned out to be a man’s backyard. And when the man found Young fishing there, the third-year pro had to play the celebrity card to avoid trouble. “I had to tell him I was a Lions’ player,” says Young, who adds that his explanation paid off. “I pulled some nice bass out of there.”
Photo courtesy of willieyoung79.com.
It makes sense that Young dedicates much of his time to fishing. Before coming to Raleigh to play for the Wolfpack, he grew up in Riviera Beach, Fla., fishing with his father. He credits his love all things angling as being his biggest expense and taking up most of his time in the offseason. “There’s nothing I’d rather be doing,” he says. “If it’s raining, I figure out how to go fishing.”
This season, when he hasn’t been wading around in freshwater or tweeting and posting on his website about his latest catch, he’s been trying to find his way on the field with the Lions. Young says he took a lot of snaps in preseason and felt primed to play a bigger role. Once the season started, his time went back down to around 15 plays. “It was just the adjustment of going from a lot of snaps to about 15 a game,” he says. “I had to make that adjustment. I made the commitment to myself.”
Young says he’s committed to a strong finish to the season, despite playing through a serious injury that almost brought amputation to a middle finger. It’s been a season that has slowed for the Lions, a team whose playoff expectations were tempered by a 2-4 start to the season. And he says he knows the Lions have the team in place to win. “When you come into the season with the expectations we had, we had them for a reason,” he says, citing he teams return to the playoffs last season for the first time in since 1999. “We definitely discovered we have talent and the right guys in.”
When this season ends in a few weeks, Young will start preparing for 2013. But he’ll have fish to compete with in the offseason, too. “I don’t know if I’m just attracted by the fancy of a lure,” he says, ” or if I like a species that doesn’t have any hands or feet but still makes it a challenge to get out the water.”
And he says there’s no telling where he may end up reeling them in. “‘No trespassing’ is the best fishing out there.”
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Come March 2013, the world of premium denim clothing will grow by one more brand. MeFiver – launched by alumni Carly Giammona ’04 and Veronica Tibbitts ’12 – will have all the qualities high-end shoppers look for when selecting premium denim, but with one important difference. It will be sustainably made.
“The standard process for making denim is one of the dirtiest processes in the textile industry. Indigo dyes – which color the material – naturally do not bond well to cotton fibers, so the process requires lots of water, chemicals and energy,” says Giammona. “We’ve created a proprietary process that uses reactive dyes instead of indigo.
“Beyond coloring, the process for distressing denim to give it character is extremely labor intensive and requires a series of washes, which causes considerable water waste and pollution,” she says. “We found a way to create those same vintage, distressed looks digitally using a fraction of the waste.”
Vaughn, Giammona, Tibbetts of MeFiver
MeFiver, says Tibbitts, has the ability to rejuvenate the American textile industry. The company has gained national attention by being recently named one of the top five most innovative start-ups in the world by Startup Open – a competition held as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week – and featured on CNBC.
“Sustainability is absolutely the future of the fashion industry. This is where we should be heading,” Tibbitts says. “It’s been hard for other longstanding companies to make the leap. They are deeply rooted in the processes they’ve used for so long. Going sustainable seems like too big of a change for them to make even though it needs to happen.”
Giammona began developing the process in 2009, while working for textile giant Cotton, Inc. With their blessing, she left to develop MeFiver, bringing on Tibbitts and University of South Carolina MBA graduate Alana Vaughn. The company officially launched in August, and the team has been hard at work developing five distinct collections to be available in stores come March.
The Archives collection will be for the traditionalist, while Anaglyphics – which will include 3D images on the denim – will be geared toward the more fashion-forward. The company will also offer an Executive collection that will include designs such as pinstripes and herringbone, ROYGBIV which highlights bold, beautiful colors, and a very unique Visual collection.
“The Visual line will truly highlight the digital technology we’re using. We’ll be able to inlay photorealistic prints on top of the jeans,” Giammona says. “This stuff has never been done before. Even our colored denim, a trend that is extremely popular right now, will be different from any other brand. Our dyes will allow us to develop colors that other companies can only dream of.”
The jeans, which will retail between $250-$350 per pair, will be sold at high-end clothing boutiques and eventually spread to other luxury retailers. MeFiver is setting up their office in downtown Durham, N.C., and the entire production process will take place within North Carolina. This commitment to local production recently earned them a $50,000 grant though NC IDEA, an organization dedicated to supporting business innovation and economic advancement in North Carolina.
“Working in the textile industry, I was very aware of how dirty clothing manufacturing processes can be, and that needs to change,” Giammona says. “I want shoppers to consider their choices ecologically and change the way they purchase their denim. I hope MeFiver can ignite a paradigm shift across the fashion industry. That’s my dream.”
— Caroline Barnhill ‘05
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Benjamin Wesley Kilgore was sort of an agricultural everyman during NC State’s early years. Kilgore was educated as a chemist, but he served in a variety of roles in and out of the School of Agriculture, pursuing research and education while advocating for farms and farm workers.
Kilgore worked in research, serving as director of the Agricultural Experiment Station from 1901-07. He worked in extension, serving as the first head of the Agriculture Extension Service, from 1914-25. And he worked in administration, serving as dean of the School of Agriculture from 1923-25.
He even established the Pine State Creamery in Raleigh in 1919, when troops stationed at nearby Camp Polk during World War I needed pasteurized milk.
So it was fitting that on this day in 1953, the newest building on campus was dedicated in Kilgore’s honor. Kilgore Hall housed the School of Forestry and the Department of Horticulture.
Kilgore, the man, was also active outside of campus. He was president of both the National Association of Agricultural College Chemists and the Cotton Growers Cooperative Association. He was editor of The Progressive Farmer from 1923-33, and was active in founding the Southern Agricultural Workers Association. He was the first legislative representative of the N.C. State Grange. He was even persuaded, when he was past the age of 70, to serve as the State Chemist.
Kilgore was described, in his 1967 induction into the N.C. Agricultural Hall of Fame, as “quiet, modest, competent — a man of vision with the consistent ability to achieve worthwhile goals.”
“Never a man of great physical stamina,” read his induction, “nonetheless Dr. Kilgore used skill and brain power to spark significant rural progress.”
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The Arizona Cardinals suffered one of the more memorable losses of the 2012 season last week, as they fell to the Seattle Seahawks 58-0. It was difficult for an NFL veteran like Adrian Wilson, the longest tenured Cardinal, to fully process such a loss.
Photo courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals.
“When you have a game like that, emotionally, you’re going to be charged the rest of the week until you play another game,” says Wilson, who played at NC State in the late 90s and early 2000s. “It will make you question a lot. It will make you question if you want to play. ”
But Wilson and the Cardinals get another chance this Sunday. “That’s the great thing about football,” he says. “That’s why guys love to play it.”
The High Point, N.C., native has loved playing professional football the last 12 years. He left NC State and was drafted by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He was a starter by his third year, led the Cardinals in tackles in Super Bowl XLIII in 2008 and was named to his fifth Pro Bowl last season. Wilson chalks up his longevity to a little luck and care. “I’m truly blessed to have good health, and I take care of my body,” he says.
Wilson is also leaving his footprint off the field. The fashion bug bit him in 2007, and he opened High Point Shoes – a store dedicated to street wear and skate fashion — in Scottsdale, Ariz. He says his mother pushed the entrepreneurial spirit in him, but that it was scary opening a business, even for a 6-foot-3, 230-pound NFL strong safety.
“You have to find your identity,” he says. “You can’t be like any other store. I think when we first started, we were a street wear type of brand, and now it’s crossed over more into shoes and accessories. More cleaned up and buttoned down types of things.”
Wilson says a lot of NFL players understand the concept of transitioning to life outside of football. “But to actually have the guts to do it is another thing,” he says.
High Point shoes is now in its sixth year, and Wilson appreciates seeing customers come in and enjoy what he sells. He says the store has a family atmosphere, and that he likes that a community has been forged there. And that’s an aspect he’ll want to continue after football, when he plans to build a community center, as well.
“Sometimes people just come in and hang out,” he says. “It’s very gratifying.”
Photo courtesy of adrianwilson24.com.
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