And it was on this day in 1971 when Holtz left all those Williams and Marys behind, along with his job in Williamsburg, Va., to become the head football coach at NC State. He led the Wolfpack to a 8-3-1 record during his first season in 1972, culminating in a 49-13 throttling of West Virginia in that December’s Peach Bowl.
Bryan Wall was a linebacker on that ’72 team and wrote his estimation of Holtz’s first season in the 1973 Agromeck. “We’re probably as well coached as anyone in the nation,” wrote Wall. “The big difference this year would have to be attitude. Ninety percent of our winning is due to attitude.
“The greatest thing Coach Holtz has done is convince us that we can play on an even par with anyone, yet he still cusses and throws his clipboard.”
Holtz, who now works as a college football analyst for ESPN, coached at NC State from 1972-75, compiling a record of 33-12-3 before leaving Raleigh to take a job in the NFL with the New York Jets.