For 86-year-old Sue Daughtridge and her grandson, Robert, following NC State is a family affair. Whether it’s being at a football game together every fall–she never misses a home game–to special trips they take, Sue’s always decked out in red and white, carrying her Wolfpack handbag and cane.
That’s how Sue, who was named an honorary alumna in 2000, appeared this morning at the Raleigh-Durham airport, waiting for a flight to St. Louis, Mo., to watch the Wolfpack take on the Kansas Jayhawks tonight for a spot in the Elite Eight. “We’re excited,” Sue says, “and we’ll be even more so tonight about midnight.”
As they waited, both couldn’t help but talk about the 1983 championship team. Robert, now 28, wasn’t even born then, but a few years ago he and his grandmother made a pilgrimage to Albuquerque, N.M., to see the court where the Lorenzo Charles brought NC State the championship with his unexpected basket as time expired. “I’ve seen the court,” Robert says. “I saw the goal it was shot on.”
With such a rich basketball tradition, Sue cringes at the thought of some State fans not having their pulse on what could be another historic run. “I met a graduate last night who didn’t know State was playing,” she says incredulously. “I was ready to pop him.”
When they can’t travel, Sue catches the Wolfpack at the Hickory Tavern in Charlotte, where she lives. That’s where she saw NC State’s win over Georgetown Sunday. “It was the only game being played on the screen,” she says. “There’s 24 televisions all in a row with the State game on.”