When fans at this week's ACC tournament peruse the official tournament program, they might think one of the conference's members has undergone a name change.
Page 39 lists the Team Stat Leaders in various categories, ranking the 15 ACC schools in scoring, rebounding, etc. N.C. State is not listed in the rankings – but “UNC State” is.
Many N.C. State fans attending Wednesday night's second-round game between the Wolfpack and Pittsburgh didn't know about the printing goof until it was pointed out to them. They weren't exactly pleased to read it.
N.C. State sophomore Austin Fishel, a drummer in the Wolfpack pep band, said, “I guess someone is not familiar with the rivalry. It's definitely pretty disrespectful.”
Said Stacy Houser of Lincolnton, NCSU class of '91, “Typical for N.C. State. No respect.
“When you pulled out (the program), I knew it was going to be something bad. We're used to it now.”
Derek Overcash of Salisbury, class of 2008, gritted his teeth when he read the offensive page.
“It's pretty disrespectful to confuse us with (the University of) North Carolina,” he said. “I know they're the gold standard, but we're stepping up and have a lot of history (in basketball), too. I don't particularly care for that.”
Even an ACC official looked askance at the typo. Nora Lynn Finch, an associate commissioner for conference, spent 31 years as an assistant women's basketball coach and administrator at N.C. State before joining the conference office in 2008.
“Oh no!” she said, laughing. “Who did that? As a longtime Wolfpacker, I can say we should not have made such a serious publishing error.”