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ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt was right when he called N.C. State fans the most delusional in the country. In looking at what the Wolfpack have done over the past two decades, it’s hard to argue with him.
N.C. State is a program with rich basketball history. Many people know about Jim Valvano and the 1983 national championship team, but the Wolfpack were also one of the best teams in the country in the 1970s. They also boast arguably the greatest player in ACC history in David Thompson.
However, those memories are far away from where N.C. State has been in the last 20 years.
Herb Sendek led the Wolfpack to five consecutive NCAA tournaments from 2002-2006, but he was always criticized for his style of play and inability to beat North Carolina and Duke on a regular basis. Sendek left to become the head coach at Arizona State in 2006 and Wolfpack fans thought the program would move to the next level.
Instead, Sidney Lowe took over after Sendek with no head coaching experience. He failed to get the team back to the NCAA tournament during his five seasons before resigning in 2011.
Now, N.C. State fans hope Mark Gottfried can lead the program to greatness, but his teams have also struggled with consistency.
Ironically, fans should be hopeful Gottfried can get the Wolfpack back to the standard Herb Sendek created when he was the head coach.
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