CORONADO, CA - NOVEMBER 11: In this handout image provided by the U.S. Navy, Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina tip off the inaugural Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game on board the USS Carl Vinson on November 11, 2011 in Coronado, California. The Carrier Classic is a celebration of Veterans Day. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
This is so cool. They're going to expand the Carrier Classic to eight teams next season, and NC State is reportedly among the schools that will participate. The others: Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, Florida State, Wake Forest, Gonzaga, and Davidson. You're gonna need a bigger boat, Carrier Classic.
The 2013 event will be held at multiple military-themed locations, potentially including the USS Yorktown, the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi and the USS Midway in San Diego. New Orleans, which hosts the National World War II Museum and hosted the 2012 Final Four, could also host a Navy carrier.
Getting a shot at Kentucky would be a whole lot of fun, though this will be good exposure for us regardless of who we play. Kudos to Mark Gottfried and Debbie Yow for getting NC State involved in a great event like this, if the report is indeed true. Now, who am I gonna have to bribe in order to get a ticket?
UPDATE: Or not. :(
Reports that the Wolfpack will play in the Carrier Classic "not true" according to Dwayne Harrison, men's basketball SID at N.C. State. #ACC— Cory Smith (@RCorySmith) September 19, 2012
UPDATE II: Or maybe! Mark Armstrong spoke to Thomas Lee, who is one of the tournament organizers.
Lee said that they are moving to a 'tournament' format in 2013 and that it is 'very likely' that NC State will be included.— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongWTVD) September 19, 2012
When I asked Lee if NC State was 'lobbying for' or had been sought out for a spot in 2013, he said 'a little of both'.— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongWTVD) September 19, 2012
Lee also said Adam Zagoria's info is accurate, so this is a bit more encouraging.
UPDATE III: Or not again. We're on a boat we're off a boat we're on a boat we're off a boat we're on a boat we're off a boat