Feb. 26, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. - Former Wolfpack baseball third baseman and quarterback Darrell Moody has myriad interesting observations, opinions and memories on NC State athletics, college baseball and football as well as his experiences as a scout in the National Football League. The native of Asheboro, N.C., also has a unique perspective from 31 years of coaching football at the high school and collegiate levels.
Moody played in the 1968 College World Series with Pack coach Sammy Esposito’s ACC champions and helped quarterback the State football team from 1968-70 under late coach Earle Edwards.
As a hard-hitting third baseman on the 1968 ACC Champion Wolfpack, Moody remembers his plight of playing both spring football and baseball.
“Back in those days, spring football was played earlier than it is now,” said Moody. “There weren’t a lot of off-season workouts. I can remember Coach Esposito taking me out early for batting practice and fielding grounders. Some days I played both baseball and spring football. For two years in a row, we played the spring football game on Saturday and started the baseball season on Monday.”
Recalling the Pack’s participation in the College World Series, Moody will never forget the game against Texas on a Saturday afternoon at 1 pm.
“It was the hottest I can ever remember being,” he noted. “The temperature was in the upper 90s and there was a lot of humidity. Between innings, we had ammonia-soaked towels to put over our heads.
“Everybody had good pitching. We never saw a bad pitcher out there.”
“The trip was exciting and that Pack team had great chemistry,” Moody said “there were good crowds but not like the ones of today.”
Moody cannot say enough good things about Edwards, who coached Wolfpack football when the ACC was formed in 1954 until his retirement in 1970.
“I’ve been around the ACC since the 1960s and Coach Edwards did more with fewer resources than anyone in the history of the ACC,” Moody enthusiastically recalled.
“We had fewer scholarships than most of the other schools. And people forget that in those days with old Riddick Stadium, State was forced to play seven away games and three home games. How did that effect recruiting?
“That State staff did a great job evaluating and developing players. He was conservative and did things his way. He redshirted players and they understood his system and scheme.”
During Edwards’ tenure, the Pack won five ACC championships and he was named coach of the year four times.
Moody noted that the entire Pack coaching staff under Edwards not only was made up of great coaches, but “did everything to develop and teach the players on and off the field.”
After getting his degree, Moody worked as a graduate assistant under assistant coach Chuck Amato and as a full assistant under Lou Holtz for three years before going to Southern Mississippi. He then returned to Raleigh as a member of the late coach Bo Rein’s staff in 1976.
In all, he spent 30 years in the profession with stops at NC State (’73-74, 77-79, 97), Southern Mississippi (1975), LSU (1980-83), Tulane (1985-87), North Carolina (1988-95, 98-00) and Clemson (1996).
After 31 years on the sidelines, Moody became a scout for the San Diego Chargers in 2002. In 2010, Moody became a National Scout in the Buffalo Bills organization.
The transition out of coaching wasn’t difficult.
“The transition was easy for me because it had gotten to the point when we won, it was a relief instead of excitement. Losses began to gnaw at you. If you can’t get excited about winning, it’s time to get out.”
By George Cox, GoPack.com