Dec. 5, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. - With the dust finally settled from NC State's tumultuous final month, and the Wolfpack's Belk Bowl bid secured, Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow and head coach Tom O'Brien addressed the media Monday.
"It's a terrific venue for our fans, because we have so many thousands living within a four-hour radius of Charlotte," said Yow. "We expect to sell out, and we'll probably be asking for extra tickets."
Down the closing stretch, NC State's emotions ran the gamut as the Wolfpack knocked off North Carolina for the fifth-straight year, suffered an upset at Boston College, followed with a thunderous upset of No. 7 Clemson, and closed with the largest comeback in school history to outlast Maryland.
"We're excited about the opportunity to continue our season," said O'Brien. "At a point, seven games ago, it looked like we might not be on anyone's radar. Thanks to this football team, we got our guys healthy, and we did what we had to do. I think it's a tribute to the character of this team. You don't build character in adversity, adversity reveals character."
Belk Bowl executive director Will Webb was on hand to personally congratulate the Wolfpack on its season. Webb made several mentions of NC State's value to the bowl committee.
"We're looking forward to all the State fans coming to Charlotte," said Webb. "NC State has been on our radar for a very long time, and we're glad that the Wolfpack made it through."
NC State seniors George Bryan, J.R. Sweezy, and quarterback Mike Glennon were also present, expressing gratitude for the chance to suit up one last time in 2011.
"It's a big deal," said Sweezy. "We'll probably sell out the ticket allotment to my family alone. It will be great to play another game in Wolfpack red."
"Everybody kept their head down and kept working," said Bryan. "Even in the Maryland game, no one gave up and thought the deficit was too big to come back from. I'm glad everyone buckled down and continued to work to make this happen."
O'Brien closed by outlining the Pack's practice schedule heading toward the bowl, including open practices on the 17th and 18th, and emphasizing the positive impact making the bowl trip will have on the Wolfpack program.
"It will be a good opportunity for this team, their families, our fans, and our recruiting efforts as we go forward," said O'Brien.
NC State takes on Louisville in the Belk Bowl December 27th. ESPN will provide coverage with kickoff slated for 8 p.m.
Wolfpack Club members and NC State fans can now reserve tickets by clicking HERE
. The priority deadline for Wolfpack Club members is Friday, Dec. 9.
Tickets prices range from $40-95 and can be purchased on-line at the GoPack.com Ticket Center or by phone through the NC State Ticket Office at (919) 865-1510.
Seating assignments will be determined by Wolfpack Club Priority Rank. For all bowl information, click HERE.