December 20, 2010
I had a chance to get out to the N.C. State Wolfpack basketball game against Arizona at the RBC Center Sunday afternoon. Now, I love my university, Sidney Lowe and my basketball team, but they have got to play better than what I saw Sunday.
The guys played hard but we couldn’t get over the hump. We would cut it to two and then Sean Miller’s Wildcats would make another run. Yes, Sean Miller is former N.C. State standout Archie Miller’s older brother and Archie is an assistant with Sean.
I took National Agents Alliance’s Mac Heffner, The Alliance’s Press Secretary, to the game with me and we had a great time other than the final score. The food was great, we had awesome seats up in the Champions Club and I ran into a ton of people I’ve met over the years.
At halftime, I got to spend about 15 minutes talking with Wolfpack Executive Director Bobby Purcell. Bobby’s a good guy and I always enjoy talking with him.
He was originally hired in 1981 as a part-time assistant football coach for Monte Kiffin. Under Kiffin, he helped coach running backs, special teams and the defensive scout team in addition to being the academic coordinator for the football program. When Tom Reed became N.C. State’s head football coach in 1983, he named Purcell as recruiting coordinator/assistant coach, where he quickly gained recognition as one of the ACC’s top recruiters. Among his signees was Erik Kramer, the 1986 ACC Player of the Year. Dick Sheridan retained Purcell as his recruiting coordinator when he became State’s head coach in 1986. Purcell also handled many administrative duties for Sheridan, including being coordinator of the Dick Sheridan Football Skills Camp.
Keep up the good work Bobby!
Once again, Kara, who works up in the Champions Club, took care of us without us even having to ask her. She’s great with people and we look forward to seeing her when we go to games. Thanks Kara!
When I was in school at N.C. State, Sidney Lowe was like a rock star on campus and I’m happy he’s the Wolfpack coach. I just want him to get things rolling, so that we can match some of what Duke and North Carolina have enjoyed in the last two years. We’ve won two NCAA titles and there’s no reason we can’t compete for titles with the facilities and recruiting tools we have.
The season is still young, so I’m hoping Sid can “coach ‘em up!”