On Jan. 12, the Seattle Seahawks, led by Russell Wilson, traveled to Green Bay, Wisconsin to take on the Packers at Lambeau Field. Going into the game, the Packers were huge favorites, as they finished 13-3 in the regular season and secured a first-round bye in the playoffs.

For the first time in his 16-year career, former NC State quarterback Philip Rivers is hitting the free-agent market. The 38-year-old recently finished his contract and has the chance to write his own ending to his Hall of Fame-worthy career. Rivers is coming off one of the worst statistical seasons of his career, throwing 20 interceptions, and will be looking to bounce back to his 2018 form. Rivers told Daniel Popper of the Athletic, “Retirement is not really an option.” The Chargers are in a rebuilding stage and may decide to move on from Rivers. They have the sixth-overall pick and may take a chance on Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama or Justin Herbert of Oregon. 

Bill Cowher has been announced as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2020. Cowher played linebacker for NC State from 1975-1978 before spending 6 years in the NFL. Cowher is the first former Wolfpack player to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with Torry Holt also up for consideration this year.

When NC State senior defensive tackle Larrell Murchison arrived at Carter-Finley Stadium this summer behind the wheel of a 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan, it did not take long for rival fans to question why the college football player was sporting an exotic $325,000 car.

Head coach Dave Doeren announced Thursday that Charley Wiles will replace Kevin Patrick as defensive line coach. Patrick has since joined head coach Willie Taggart’s staff at Florida Atlantic University. Wiles spent 24 years coaching the defensive line at Virginia Tech, joining his colleague cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell in moving to NC State as head coach Bud Foster retires.

In college sports, you have the thrill of watching raw prospects fight for a spot in the draft, the bitter interconference rivalries and the fun of cheering on your fellow students to a victory. But one of the biggest reasons for why college sports games get so hype is the bands and the fight songs. 

This past offseason, NC State football parted ways with former defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable in a move that fans had long been anticipating. While having some decent years with great defensive players like Bradley Chubb and BJ Hill, problems with the secondary eventually became too much for Wolfpack fans to handle.

A handful of NC State players played in the wildcard round of the 2020 NFL Playoffs, and for the most part delivered strong all-around performances. Even in the case of teams that were sent packing after the first round of the playoffs, NC State alumni left it all on the field. Let’s take a look at how each player did in the first round.

After a disappointing 4-8 season in which it went a dismal 1-7 in ACC play, the NC State football team is left scratching its head, looking for answers as to how to bring the program back up to a competitive level. Several coaching changes have been made since the conclusion of the season, and there are a number of personnel issues that need to be addressed heading into spring practice.