Daily Tar Heel: Russell Wilson should not be a celebrated senior.

Oh light the way, ye of admirable football-related decision making:

This past Saturday when the seniors of North Carolina State’s football program played their final game at Carter-Finley Stadium, they were joined by All-ACC quarterback Russell Wilson.

He joined his teammates as the 57,161 in the homecoming crowd in Raleigh cheered on their prized signal caller on Senior Day.

There’s only one problem with all this: He’s a junior.

Accurate so for except for the problem part.

Wilson got to share the limelight with 19 real seniors because he, coach Tom O’Brien and N.C. State don’t know if he’ll return for his real senior season.

The Colorado Rockies selected Wilson, a two-sport star at N.C. State, in the fourth round of last year’s MLB Draft and now he’s considering leaving college to take on a professional baseball career.

So N.C. State, in its infinite wisdom, allows the guy who is about to jet for cash to share the standing ovation meant for guys like senior linebacker Nate Irving.

All of this is fair and in no way fails to grasp the situation or understand the point.  This guy's right.  It's really unfortunate that the Senior Day festivities were extended an additional 30 seconds to give Wilson a moment of individual recognition that in no way detracted from or infringed upon the moment granted every other senior on the roster.  I bet his mom got twice as many flowers as the other moms, too.  It's just nothing but me, me, me with that family.

Senior Day is a celebration meant for seniors, not just for those who may not be around next season. Hell, if that were the case, most members of a John Calipari team would take the court before the final home game.

Good call, bro. I sure hope this is a theme!

If fans are supposed to anticipate the departure of star players and salute them like seniors in their final home game, Ashley Judd would have cheered on John Wall every time he dougied onto the Rupp Arena court last year.

It is!

When I was a senior at Gastonia’s Ashbrook High School, a junior demanded to share the front row of the football stands for the school’s rivalry game against Hunter Huss because she was transferring school districts the next year.

So what?

Obviously relevant and comparable.

Allow me to anticipate a Wolfpacker’s argument: Wilson already completed his degree, so academically he’s a senior and should be congratulated for such an accomplishment.

You are so close.  I mean you are just so very almost right there:

O’Brien’s decision to honor Wilson on Saturday partly is a result of missing an opportunity to honor running back Toney Baker after the 2009 season. Baker was cleared to return for a sixth season and had told O’Brien he planned to return for 2010.

But Baker changed his mind after the season and didn’t get honored.

The horror. 

Seventeen players will take the Kenan Stadium field to be honored, and all of them are seniors who have been eligible to play this season.

Wait until the festivities get vacated when it's learned they legitimately earned a combined 12.5 credit hours.  Congratulations, you've just celebrated the accomplishments of 17 players with three high school seniors' worth of AP college credit.

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