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"