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ESPN "The Mag" Ranks State #35

Always wanted ESPN Insider so I subscribed to ESPN: The Mag for like 10 bucks which gives you automatic access and its...well...whatever. Recently, the September 30th issue of The Mag tried ranking college programs based strictly on the 2 revenue sports College Basketball & Football. Using some sort of analytics that you STEM people love so much, they looked at 9 factors broken up into three categories (on field success, off field success, and tradition of success) over the course of the past 15 years. More weight is given to certain sub-categories (like Titles/AP Poll Finshes) and some seem fairly arbitrary (Stadium Edge??) but there is plenty of reasonable analysis here. Now whether or not this is accurate or credible in your mind, it is a study the ESPN empire found to be important and will probably site in the future. It's like when they created "QBR" as if it were a real thing. So here are some notes:

- NC State is ranked #35, but is 10th amongst current ACC schools (including Notre Dame)

- Notre Dame is unsurprisingly the top ACC school with UNC, The U, FSU and Duke rounding out the top five conference schools (Syracuse is actually next behind Duke)

- In CFB: we rank 58th overall but in CBB: we rank 18th amongst all schools

- Fact is that basketball is what keeps us in the top 35 because they take into account national titles historically, strength of schedule, and recruiting. We are in the top 25 in most basketball sub-categories but can't even sniff the top 40 in most football sub-categories.

- Our current head coaches in football and basketball rank 39th and 31st respectively. Head coaches are ranked based on their tenure and winning percentages which, as we know, is flawed in and of itself.

- Florida is of course #1 with 4 titles between the 2 sports in the past 15 alone, but Ohio State wasn't far behind and actually needed a basketball title alone to overtake Florida.

Interesting stuff, wish I could just provide a link to the information but they chose to release this through decrepit old media. If you'd like more info feel free to ask or pick up a copy of this issue (Cam is on the cover Panthers fans!) and come to your own conclusions.

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