The N.C. State University Student Aid Association, better known as the Wolfpack Club, will receive a check for $113,871.89 courtesy of the recent "contract fixing" settlement between UBS, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
NC State Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow has announced two additions to the department's senior staff. Carrie Doyle has been named Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance, while Carrie Leger, who is currently the Director of NC State's Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA), will now serve as Associate Director of Athletics for Academics and Student Services.
"For our fans, there is going to be a new email address set up…so they have a special place to share issues they might encounter," Yow said. "Because what fans need will always matter."
This promise has come to fruition in the form of the Wolfpack Unlimited feedback tool on gopack.com. The tool, located under the "Contact Us" tab on the website, allows fans to submit feedback about the site, the Wolfpack online store or general questions about anything in the athletics department. These concerns are being taken seriously by all in the department, according to Yow.
"[The comments have] been great because some people have just had some bad information that we could explain," Yow said. "Some people have come up with good ideas that we’ve initiated because of them."
And through Labor Day, each concern has been addressed.
"We answer every question," Yow said. "We comment on everything that is said to us."
Rough estimates from the change in legislation means the Rams Club will have to make up for $2.68 million, but cutting the five-year-old subsidy will save the state $9 million.
Annual goals for the Rams Club this academic year include raising $11 million in donations. Donations of $100 or more are primarily used for athletic scholarships, according to the Rams Club website.
Bobby Purcell, executive director of N.C. State’s Wolfpack Club, believes the budget cuts will take away top talent from other states.
"I’m very concerned about what it will do to us, but I’m particularly concerned with what it will to do the smaller schools in the system," Purcell said.
Maryland athletics director Debbie Yow confirmed this morning that she has accepted the AD job at N.C. State.
In a phone interview this morning, Yow talked about how she was won over by Randy Woodson, N.C. State's new chancellor. Yow, the sister of Kay Yow, the Wolfpack's Hall of Fame women's basketball coach who died last year after a long, public battle with cancer, and of Susan Yow, N.C. State's first women's All-American basketball player, also said her family's connections to State played a role in her decision to leave College Park, Md. for Raleigh.
"Probably the single most important thing was meeting the new chancellor and the shared values we have, and just the synergy of the meeting," Yow said. "I really just enjoyed talking to him. After having done that, my level of interest changed. It was heightened, but it has always been there because of my family's history at N.C. State."
North Carolina State University got a step closer Friday morning to naming a new athletic director. Sources told WRAL News that the university approved a contract for Debbie Yow, sister of the late, legendary women's basketball coach Kay Yow.
N.C. State will hold a press conference at Carter-Finley Stadium at 2 p.m. Friday to name the replacement for Lee Fowler, who will step down as athletic director June 30.
Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow says she hasn't interviewed with a committee selecting the next athletic director at North Carolina State.
N.C. State said last month that Lee Fowler would soon depart after 10 years. A 13-member search committee was named to find his successor.
Yow's name has come up in the North Carolina media. An "ACC Insider" blog item last month in the Wilmington (N.C.) Star-News included Yow on a list of four people it said were "among the most prominent names already mentioned for the job."
There was no confirmation that Yow is a candidate.
"We're going to move quickly," Woodson told the committee today. "We're going to need your help, but hopefully this won't occupy all of your summer."
Woodson also told the committee that he wants the search process to remain confidential. Committee members were required to sign confidentiality agreements ensuring that any discussion of potential AD candidates would take place in executive sessions closed to the public.
N.C. State has selected Parker Executive Search to assist in the university's search for a new athletics director.
University spokesman Keith Nichols said this morning that N.C. State will pay the Atlanta firm $75,000 to help oversee a national search for a successor to outgoing AD Lee Fowler.