I Should be Attending the Raleigh Regional, But I Am Not

Rodon and Turner named as All-Americans for the third time. From Go Pack:

NC State baseball's Trea Turner and Carlos Rodon became the first three-time All-Americans in program history, according to a release sent Thursday by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Turner was named to the Louisville Slugger All-America first team at shortstop. Rodon joined him on the list as a third team starting pitcher. With the honor, both Turner and Rodon enter the NC State record books as Wolfpack baseball's first three-time All-Americans.

Rodon was a consensus first teamer in 2012 as a freshman, and landed as high as the second team in 2013 thanks to mentions from the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCBWA.

Turner earned a third team mention from NCBWA as a freshman, and a second team selection by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in 2013. His latest achievement marks Turner's first trip to an All-America first team.

I at one time thought I would be in Raleigh at this time attending the Raleigh Regional of the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament, but I am not because there isn't one. Many of us thought for sure that there would be a regional and super regional in Raleigh in 2014. Our team had two All-Americans, three first team All-ACC players (Rodon, Austin, Turner) and a host of returning starters who helped us get to the 2013 CWS. Yet, we could not even make it to the ACC Baseball Tournament other than the play-in game which of course we lost. How did this happen?

Here is part of an open letter from Kody Burke. Again from GoPack:

To my friends and loved ones who have asked or questioned my next step:

In April 2014, I was drafted into the WNBA by the Washington Mystics. I was very excited about the opportunity, as it seemed like a dream come true. After spending a week and a half in D.C. participating in training camp and playing two preseason WNBA games, I was released by the team. Being cut from the WNBA definitely hurt me as my dreams of playing in the WNBA were shattered, but I knew God had a plan for me.

After being released from the team, I contacted PNC Bank, who had offered me a position with the company prior to the draft, and informed them of my WNBA status. They informed me that the offer was still on the table, but I would have to be fully committed to the company if I were to accept the offer. I was faced with a difficult decision: to pursue professional basketball overseas or accept the job offer from PNC Bank. Both career options had plenty to offer. Overseas basketball offered the opportunity to experience a foreign country, immerse myself in the culture, and mature as an adult and basketball player in the hopes of someday earning a spot in the WNBA. The job offer from PNC offered an excellent training program in a field that aligned with my major, great income, and is located in Raleigh, N.C.; a city where I have met wonderful people, matured greatly, and have grown to love.

I have reflected and prayed about my next career move for quite some time, and have to decided to accept the job offer from PNC Bank. Not only will I be in Raleigh, N.C., which I am happy to say is where my heart is, I will be around people I love and those who genuinely care about me.

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