Wolfpack $mart Pursuit May Rule Out Mizzou

Earlier today I reported that Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden had reached out to VCU Athletic Director Norwood Teague to request permission to speak to Shaka Smart about Mizzou’s basketball coach opening.

Shaka Smart

(Smart: Show-Me That Wolfpack Jack)

Sunday afternoon a source close to the VCU basketball program confirmed to me that Alden left a voicemail with Teague today.

Teague nor Smart has responded to Alden.

I have since confirmed through the same VCU source and a major college athletic director that North Carolina State is in hot pursuit of Smart, with the Wolfpack prepared to offer a more generous financial package that what Missouri was likely to propose to the VCU coach. Read more…

N.C. State To Fire Sidney Lowe, Hire Search Firm

North Carolina State Athletic Director Debbie Yow, who has known for two months that she would fire head basketball coach Sidney Lowe at the end of the Wolfpack’s just-completed season, will make the dismissal official with an announcement this week.

Sidney Lowe

(Yow.)

Yow, who is scheduled to meet with Lowe tomorrow in Raleigh, is expected to hire Parker Executive Search to assist in the new hire. The same firm placed Yow as A.D. at the school last year. Parker typically charges $75,000(!) to help a school place a basketball coach.

N.C. State is offering a considerable sum to coach the team this time around, at $3 million per season. Despite that figure, I’m told high profile candidates for the Wolfpack job will be scarce because of Yow’s tempestuous relationship with Gary Williams when she was the A.D. at Maryland. (They’ll need every last dime of that three-mil to lure legitimate candidates.)

An ACC head basketball coach told me today that Yow has been asking around for months about who she should hire as Lowe’s replacement. Read more…

It’s Official: NCSU Screwed Out Of Comeback Bid

Maryland ruined NC State’s chances to play in the ACC Championship game with 38-31 win in College Park on Saturday.

Video: NC State gets screwed

With a victory over the Terps, No. 21-ranked N.C. State would have advanced to the league’s title game, but the Wolfpack’s upset loss gave Florida State the Atlantic Division title outright and a berth into Saturday’s conference championship game in Charlotte.

Trailing 38-17, NC State staged a furious comeback in cutting the Maryland lead to 38-31 late in the fourth quarter. Facing a 4th-and-1 with 38 seconds left and the ball on the Wolfpack 32-yard-line, the Terps elected not to punt.

A dive play by Maryland running back D.J. Adams apparently gained the necessary single yard needed for officials to award the Terps a first down - ruining NC State’s comeback bid. But video replay of that 4th down play tells a different story.

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District Attorney Office Addresses Nu’Keese Video

Austin Ward of the KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL reports today on the legal status of former Tennessee football player Nu’Keese Richardson, who SbB reported last Friday posted of video of himself and two friends on the web and linked it to his Twitter account.

Nu'Keese Richardson At Wal-Mart

The clip, posted on Twitter and first reported by the website SportsByBrooks.com on Friday, shows North Carolina State defensive back Jarvis Byrd and Richardson’s friend Kaalum Williams in a Florida Wal-Mart joking about stealing T-shirts and using a stream of vulgarities and derogatory language.

Richardson is the cameraman and posted the video himself, but he has since denied that anything was stolen and no charges have been filed - which is important since that would likely be a violation of his probation for his part in the attempted armed robbery that led to his dismissal at UT last fall.

Ward also has reaction from special counsel for the Knox County District Attorney’s Office John Gill on the video.

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Nu’Keese, Byrd Issue Denials; NC State Responds

Friday I posted two online videos that featured former Tennessee wide receiver Nu’Keese Richardson and current N.C. State defensive back Jarvis Byrd during a late night trip to Wal-Mart.

Nu'Keese Richardson At Wal-Mart

The videos, uploaded by Richardson himself and linked via his personal Twitter account, showed Byrd and friend Kaalum Williams opening t-shirt packages inside the Wal-Mart and putting on those t-shirts under the shirts the two wore into the store.

Jarvis Byrd at Wal-Mart

19-year-old Richardson, who was kicked off the Tennessee football team after being convicted of attempted armed robbery last November, was prominently featured in the videos but was not seen on camera taking any shirts. Though Richardson made clear with his comments that he knew what Williams and Byrd were doing.

To see the video and read the transcript of the trio’s comments, go here.

Nu'Keese Richardson At Wal-Mart

Since my Friday post, both Richardson and Byrd have reacted to the discovery of the videos, along with an N.C. State spokesman. We also now know the Wal-Mart where the three filmed the incident. Read more…

Nu’Keese And Jarvis Byrd Enjoy Priceless Moment

You may remember former Tennessee Volunteer football player Nu’Keese Richardson. The freshman wide receiver was kicked off the team after police arrested him last November for attempted armed robbery.

Nu'Keese Richardson At Wal-Mart

Though he was given a three-year prison sentence for his crime, if he violates his court-ordered probation he will likely go to prison. No longer a student at Tennessee, Richardson has since transferred to I-AA Hampton (VA) University to try to reclaim his once-promising football career.

Jarvis Byrd at Wal-Mart

(Jarvis Byrd)

Richardson played high school ball with current N.C. State defensive back Jarvis Byrd, who was generally regarded as the Wolfpack’s top high school recruit in 2009. It turns out the two are still friends, if video linked today from Richardson’s personal Twitter account is any indication.

Nu'Keese Richardson At Wal-Mart

(Nu’Keese Richardson)

Richardson, Byrd and former Pahokee high school classmate Kaalum Williams are all shown on that video making an apparent late-night visit to Wal-Mart. There’s no indication when the video was originally shot.

Kaalum Williams at Wal-Mart

(Kaalum Williams)

I’ve transcribed a portion of their comments while they shopped for t-shirts. The video audio is extremely not safe for work and is riddled with homosexual slurs by Richardson, so be warned. Read more…

Only Cute Young Girls Allowed To Sing For Beijing

• You must be this cute to sing in the Olympic opening ceremonies, or else someone else will visualize your vocals to the viewing public:

Lin Miaoke fake Olympic opening ceremony singer

• Meanwhile, officials are having to “ask” “volunteers” to fill the seats at the more sparsely-populated venues.

• The Chinese know him as “Betrayal Skull Dude”. You know him better as Carlos Boozer.

Stuart Scott struts his karaoke stuff. Can I get a witness!

Kenny Chesney loves football as much as he loves helping players disrobe before hitting the showers.

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NC State Narrowly Avoids Third Quarter Rick Roll

Music is important to the outcome of sporting events. Look no further than the Boston Celtics, who used Republica’s “Ready To Go” (on the rooftops shouting out!) as their theme in 2007 … and not in 2008. Worked out pretty well for them.

NC State Wolfpack mascot

So, yeah, entrance music, coupled with a really strong desire to win, is what makes your team a winner. All jokes aside though, NC State is making a huge mistake with the way they are handling music at 2008 football games. 850 THE BUZZ brings the noise that the Wolfpack are having an online poll as to what should be played, and you’ll never believe it, but that dastardly Rick Astley is back up to his old tricks.
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