Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WOLFPACK HOOPS: Site Update


We've been receiving quite a bit of email lately wondering about things from our off-season plans to comments...so here is a little update on what we're planning, what we stand for, and why we do what we do. Enjoy.

What will be going on this Off-Season? Will you still be updating the site?
Yes, We will be going harder than ever this offseason. We are going to be traveling the east coast hitting AAU Tournaments and All-star games and keeping you up to date with videos, interviews, and updates of our recruits. One other main goal is to remind you, or in some cases educate you on the history of this storied program. As former Pack player Kenny Inge told us, "It's not just the fans that need to learn the history of NC State, it's the players. Some of these guys just don't understand what it means to put on the red and white!" We'll be doing this with interviews of past players, Profiles of the Jerseys in the Rafters, and stories of past Championship teams here at NC State.


What's With The Comments?

We've recently been experimenting with new ways to allow you, our readers, to interact with us and each other through comments on our articles. While we have really appreciated a great deal of them, we've had quite a few very disrespectful and derogatory posts. We've since went to "reviewing comments" which has not been the most popular with some.

I would like to take this time to go over a few things and explain our vision one more time. We at Wolfpack Hoops are here to provide information on the past, present, and future of NC State Basketball with a positive voice. If you've read our post game assessments, you have seen that we never forget to point out the positives, but we do also provide constructive criticism when it's necessary. I'm not sure what to make of many fans these days who just want to put down the players and rip the coaches. I understand that many are frustrated about the current state of the program, but if you really understand the inner workings of a basketball program and the recruiting circuit then you can see this as more of a big picture project that will take time to take shape.

If you read our interviews, many former players hit on the fact that negativity is cancerous, and can spread from the bleachers to the huddle very quickly. While we respect what everyone has to say about the program, we encourage you to post with a little respect for those who represent our University. Constructive criticism and questioning our program is ok, but not in a fashion where you are bashing a person or a coach. The program, sadly, is getting a reputation for negativity and we'd like to be the one shelter from that subgroup. We know for a fact that recruits such as Ryan Harrow, John Wall, and Scott Wood as well as many high school coaches and former Pack players have at some point read this site. That means what you post could and may have an impact at some level to the way recruits see our program.

We've even talked to a current player's dad who told us that the negativity surrounding the program (he was a frequent message board reader) made him question his son's decision to attend here. Now I know every recruit does not read this site, nor do all of them scavenge the message boards, but you can be sure that either their parents, their friends, or their relatives do, and word will get back to them. This is another reason we aim to keep things as positive as possible. So make sure before you post you have the best interest of your University in mind. Criticism and suggestions are fine, but bashing and ripping our own players and coaches has no place on this site. I'm sorry if that frustrates some, but there are a lot of State sites out there that focus on the negatives...fortunately we're not one of them.

"Positive things happen to positive people"

comments

10 Responses to "WOLFPACK HOOPS: Site Update"
  1. j.sol said...
    March 18, 2009 at 7:03 AM

    thanks for posting this. all this is very true. i was actually just talking to a former player about a lot of these very things. i'll say a few things just to echo what you pointed out.

    most of the students and fans now don't realize how special our history is. it's much than just 2 championships, everett case was revolutionary and established many basketball traditions that stretch far beyond what we do at nc state. we are a basketball school with a rich history and it's important that we embrace that. we'll never win another championship if we can't first appreciate the ones we already have.

    the bickering and negativity among the fans needs to stop right now. it's doing more damage to the program than people may realize. recruits are noticing it, i can tell you that for a fact. if we're going to get better, we must change our attitude and let the team know we're behind them no matter what. i guarantee you coach lowe and the team want to win a championship more than any one of us as fans and he'll do everything he can in the off season to make us better. it lies on us to support them and help them get there.

    i love my university and you guys do a great job here at wolfpackhoops representing it. stay positive and God bless.

  2. Anonymous said...
    March 18, 2009 at 7:48 AM

    so than what you are saying is that no matter what,all is positive?????

  3. Anonymous said...
    March 18, 2009 at 8:03 AM

    Absolutely fabulous assessment and positive position to set as an N C STATE platform. SOOOO tired of the negatiity on the premium site---stick to your guns!!!!
    tlc4u

  4. Anonymous said...
    March 18, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    I really appreciate your approach. I find the information provided on this site to be very good. I am a two time NCSU graduate and regularly visit several NCSU sports sites, however, I am taking a break from the majority of the other sites due to the excessive negativity. Keep up the good work.

  5. Anonymous said...
    March 18, 2009 at 8:07 AM

    I really appreciate your approach. I find the information provided on this site to be very good. I am a two time NCSU graduate and regularly visit several NCSU sports sites, however, I am taking a break from the majority of the other sites due to the excessive negativity. Keep up the good work.

  6. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    March 18, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Again I'll say it. We do and will provide constructive criticism when we see it is needed, but we will not bash or throw our players or coaches under the bus. Call it what you will, but we call it responsible reporting.

  7. Anonymous said...
    March 18, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    i really love this site. i found this site when another blog referenced it. glad i did. i love the information you give concerning current and future recruits. best site for that type of information. keep up the great work. sbas2

  8. ppack3 said...
    March 18, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    I echo the sentiments. I, too, found your site fairly recently, and am excited to see a venue for Pack hoops that is educational and upbeat about the program. There are some blogs out there that, while not supporting negativity, have grown too large to combat all derogatory fans. I have been a State "apologist" for over thirty years, and you simply have to take a wider view of good v. bad. I sincerely hope that our recruits, potential and current, can appreciate the fact that, while some are misguided, all NCSU fans are VERY passionate about their University, and ultimately want what is best for our programs. As well, all sports teams have fans that are irrational, and sadly, they tend to be the most vocal fans. They often end up on call-in radio shows (if not hosting), and commenting on any site that will tolerate them.
    We have some of the most knowledgeable basketball fans in the world, but it is not a requirement in order to root for the Pack. Please, recruits and others, never confuse analytical criticism with player/coach bashing. Again, thanks for the forum and GO Pack! - RPDSIII

  9. rabies71 said...
    March 18, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Thanks for instituting a policy on negative, disrespectful comments about players, recruits, and staff. I have had it with fans ignorant of the big picture, claiming divine right to instant gratification.I come to messageboards to get and share information. I continually have to filter through the opinions and agendas of negative fanatics who do little more than repeat ad nauseum why their opinions should be my reality. Your website is a breath of fresh air. I appreciate your effort in showcasing our players-past, current and future.
    Thank you.

  10. Anonymous said...
    March 18, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    Amen to stressing the positives. I am so weary from the constant coach bashing on some other sites. Anyone who does not think that the negative blogging will affect recruits is very naive.

 

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