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Fan reads Volvo owners manual rather than watch NC State basketball game

Times are tough for the NC State men’s basketball team. The Wolfpack are 14-14, and that is about the best you can say for the team right now. They're so bad that within the half empty PNC Arena, a fan was reading a Volvo owners manual. So, this guy clearly wasn’t reading for entertainment. Or who knows, compared to NC State, a Volvo owners manual looks better and better. (The Comeback)

Florida loses center John Egbunu to knee injury with SEC title, March Madness in sight

If you think losing center John Egbunu for the season to a torn ACL costs the Florida Gators only 22 minutes and 7.8 points per game, we suggest you go back and take a look at some of the team’s games in a thrilling run to 21-5 and a first-place tie in the Southeastern Conference. Egbunu has been a massive athletic presence for the Gators through the course of the 2016-17 season. (Sporting News)

George 'The Animal' Steele, a WWE legend and Hall of Famer, dies at 79

Hall of Fame wrestler George “The Animal” Steele has died, according WWE. Steele, real name Jim Myers, had been battling health problems for years, including kidney failure. He had been moved into hospice care shortly before his death. (CBS Sports)

C.A. Dillon Jr., ‘soul of Reynolds Coliseum,’ dies at 91

C.A. Dillon Jr., the red-jacketed “soul of Reynolds Coliseum,” whose smooth baritone announced Wolfpack basketball greats for half a century, died at home Thursday. He was 91. An N.C. State University graduate and sports editor at the student newspaper, The Technician, Dillon took his seat behind the mike in 1946 at the invitation of Coach Everett Case. (Charlotte Observer)

The NCAA Is Modernizing The Way It Picks March Madness Teams

Late last month, NCAA officials met with some of basketball’s most prominent analytics experts to remake the way they select teams for the men’s NCAA tournament. Until now, they’ve used the ratings percentage index (RPI) to help guide their decisions, but that stat has become antiquated. Efforts to replace the RPI, though, raise a lot of tricky questions. (FiveThirtyEight)

'Russian Bear' Ivan Koloff dies

The date January 18, 1971 and Ivan Koloff will forever be connected. That was the day that "The Russian Bear" did the unthinkable, defeating Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World title. Sure, he only held the belt for another three weeks before dropping it to Pedro Morales, but it made Koloff, who died today at age 74, into a big name star. (Slam Sports)

When a Fan Base Turns on their Own

Wednesday night, I covered the UNC-N.C. State basketball game for my work. It was a first for me in many ways – my first time covering UNC against their second biggest in-state rival, my first time watching a game in PNC Arena, and my first time watching a fan base turn against their own right in front of my eyes. It was a surreal experience to say the least. (Evan Chronis)

Kyrie Irving is a flat-Earth truther

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: the Earth is not flat. Most people know this, but the internet has given rise to a growing group of meme-happy people who believe Earth is flat and surrounded by walls of ice, and that NASA has been fabricating evidence to the contrary. That’s dangerously idiotic, and you know who buys into it? Kyrie Irving! (Sports Illustrated)

NC State may face challenge replacing Mark Gottfried as head coach

NC State isn’t a very good job. Sure, there’s a strong history, great facilities and a loyal fan base. But there’s an endless winter in the shadow of UNC and Duke. Plus, the Wolfpack also lead the ACC in unrealistic expectations, as Gottfried made four NCAA tournaments in six years and got fired two days after Valentine’s Day. (To be fair, his team played like Marmaduke chasing his tail for most of the season). (Sports Illustrated)

For Mike Ilitch, a full life, a fulfilled vision

He had fame and good fortune, reflected in the gleaming lobby of his beloved Fox Theatre, where the flag-draped casket sat at the bottom of the staircase. One final time, Mike Ilitch was surrounded by evidence of an enriched life, as just outside the door, a short distance down Woodward, Little Caesars Arena continued to rise from once-desolate city blocks. But this day was not about that. (Detroit News)

UConn, Big East deny report that Huskies might be joining the conference

Earlier Wednesday, Fanrag Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported that UConn had been in talks to join the Big East. UConn’s athletic director denied those reports later in the afternoon, saying “there is no truth,” to the rumors. The conference has also flat-out denied the fact that UConn would be making this move. (SB Nation)

10 potential replacements for Mark Gottfried at N.C. State

Mark Gottfried is out as N.C. State’s basketball coach. The school announced Thursday that Gottfried will finish out the regular season and ACC Tournament as the team’s head coach, but he won’t return next year. So who’s next? Even before the official announcement, it was reported that the school was already reaching out to prospective replacements. (Sporting News)

Monmouth first in nation to win regular-season title

Justin Robinson made 7 3-pointers and Monmouth, coached by former UNC point guard King Rice, became the first Division-I team in the nation to clinch an outright regular-season title, beating Niagara 93-75. The Hawks (23-5, 15-2) won their second consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season championship by extending their school-record winning streak to 13. (Associated Press)

Bam's Beginnings: From humble origins, Adebayo has grown into a star

Marilyn Blount cooked breakfast for her son every day before walking to her job as a cashier at the Acre Station Meat Farm up the road. Sometimes she’d come home so tired she went right to sleep. But the house stayed clean and the bills stayed paid and her son, Edrice Adebayo, known to everyone as “Bam” ever since he upended a table when he was 1, stayed happy and big. (Sports Illustrated)

NC State Fires Basketball Coach Mark Gottfried

North Carolina State head men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried will not return next season, WRAL confirmed Thursday. Gottfried, who owns a 122-82 record in five-plus season with the Wolfpack, will finish the season with the team but will not return for the final year of his contract. NC State (14-13, 3-11 ACC) lost by 24 points to rival UNC Wednesday. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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