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    PEELER: A Handful of Football Notes
     
     

    BY TIM PEELER

     

    RALEIGH, N.C. When NC State’s football team runs out of the tunnel of the Murphy Center at Carter-Finley Stadium on game days, it is led by two scout team players carrying the United States and North Carolina flags.

     

    Carrying those flags is the honor those two players receive for being the scout team players of the week, as their teammates rush by the statue of Fury, a bronze wolf commissioned by Wolfpack head coach Tom O’Brien by noted wildlife artist and former NC State football player Dick Idol.

     

    Carrying the flags is something that O’Brien had seen at other state universities and thought was appropriate for the Wolfpack.

     

    “It’s something we talked about in the off-season,” O’Brien said. “We thought, being the state school, that’s what we ought to do also.”

     

    So far, freshman tight end Mario Carter and freshman offensive lineman Andrew Wallace have carried the American flag and sophomore linebacker Wes Quinn and freshmen defensive back Earl Wolff have carried the state flag.

     

    HOMECOMING FESTIVITIES: The NC State Alumni Association will host the annual Homecoming Parade Friday at 6 p.m., kicking off its Operation TOB (Take Out Boston College). The parade, featuring floats from student organizations, will travel down Hillsborough Street, beginning at Dan Allen Drive and ending at the Memorial Bell Tower.

     

    That’s just the beginning of the evening’s festivities, which will include a pep rally at Reynolds Coliseum, featuring the team and coaching staff, and a concert with hip-hop artist Common and hip-hop/alternative rock band N.E.R.D.

     

    For more information about all Homecoming events, visit this page on the NC State Alumni Association website.

     

    A handful of single game tickets are now available for Saturday's game against the Eagles and can be ordered on-line from the GoPack.com Ticket Center or by calling (919) 865-1510.

     

    SOMETHING NEW: Following the pre-game national anthem at Saturday’s noon Homecoming game at Carter-Finley, the NC State Marching Band will do something different: it will play the Boston College fight song.

     

    It’s part of a new sportsmanship initiative sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Conference office. All 12 ACC schools have agreed to play the opposing team’s fight song prior to the opening kickoff.

     

    “I think it is a great sign of sportsmanship to play the opposing team's fight song,” said Paul Garcia, the director of the NC State Marching Band. “It shows a high level of class and respect.”

     

    SUPERSTAR MASCOT: Mr. Wuf is going Hollywood, via New York City.

     

    NC State’s male mascot, one of 12 mascots vying for the Capital One Mascot of the Year, will appear on the Today Show next Wednesday, Oct. 8, along with seven of his challengers from around the country.

     

    Two weeks later, on Oct. 22, Mr. Wuf will travel to Los Angeles for a taping of the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

     

    Fans can continue to vote for Mr. Wuf throughout the season here. The winner will be honored at the 2009 Capital One Bowl in Orlando.

     

    SPEAKING OF MASCOTS: Fans can now go on-line to request Mr. and/or Ms. Wuf attend their parties, private functions or charitable events.

     

    Fees for having one or both of the mascots attend events are $250 per hour for corporate events, $150 per hour for private parties and celebrations and $50 per hour for university, school or charity events.

     

    To invite Mr. and/or Ms. Wuf to your next event, click here.

     

    You make contact Tim Peeler at tim_peeler@ncsu.edu.

     


     

     

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