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Wilson: Only wanted an equal opportunity to start

Posted on: May 2, 2011 11:49 am
Edited on: May 2, 2011 11:50 am
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Posted by Chip Patterson

N.C. State head coach Tom O'Brien shocked the Wolfpack fan base by granting an unconditional release to Russell Wilson late last week.  O'Brien had already made it very clear publicly that it was time for junior Mike Glennon to take over the offense, and many assumed that Wilson had played his last game in an N.C. State uniform.  Wilson has spent the spring playing minor league baseball for the Asheville Tourists, in the Colorado Rockies organiziation.  Over the weekend, he reached out to the media to explain his decision to leave.

"I really want the fans, N.C. State alumni and most of all my teammates to know if I had been given an equal opportunity to compete for the starting job, I would not have asked for my release," Wilson said Saturday in a telephone interview with the Charlotte Observer. "I am a competitor."

O'Brien has stated that he believes starting quarterback should be a job that lasts "365 days a year" and in his announcement of the release stated that Wilson knew his stance on the situation.  Wilson, who was MVP of the Wolfpack's 23-7 Champs Sports Bowl win, has always stated that his goal is to play professional baseball and professional football.  In order to make it to the NFL, Wilson believes he needs one more season on the gridiron.  But O'Brien is not the type to waver in his decisions, and stood firm when Wilson asked for a shot at the quarterback job.  Now the heat will be on O'Brien and Glennon, as the starting quarterback will have to deal with the fall-out from a fan base that had fallen in love with the talented quarterback.  If Glennon struggles, or possibly gets injured, the fingers will be pointed at O'Brien.  

For Wilson, there are plenty of examples of how transfer players have heightened their NFL draft stock in just one year of play (ahem, Cam Newton). Wilson has graduated from N.C. State already, but retains one season of NCAA football eligibility.  He will now find a school with a graduate program that N.C. State does not offer, and enroll as soon as possible.
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Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:21 am
 

Wilson: Only wanted an equal opportunity to start

SadEducatedConference? You might want to turn on your spellcheck function & storm the capitol building in Madison again. It might be your best chance of achieving success, seeing as how your loser basketball team is perenially overated and your football conference will once again not put out any players of significance to the NFL, because the lil 10 is a league of bums. Win anything, produce an elite player since Drew Brees and then we can talk. Have fun gettin beat by UM & OSU this year bozo. Bet.




Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: May 7, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Wilson: Only wanted an equal opportunity to start

Nice to see your wonderful teams of NC have dopmne so well recently..Hell, the Tar Heels should be sanctionsed forever by the NCAA with all the games they play with recruits.. Going to a major bowl game is much better than not even appearing in a game of substance like most of the AllCrapConference. And the SadEducatedSchool Conference. It will be so nioce when the NCAA starts going after all the BS in the southern conferences. Love to see it and hope one day a school from NC may make a bowl game of some type of meaning. Don't see it happening for a long time..



Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 5:59 am
 

Wilson: Only wanted an equal opportunity to start

Just because you midwestern bums can't compete with the south does'nt mean y'all don't love potential convicts i.e. Maurice Clarett, Charles Rogers, etc.... Your bozo Bagder team can't even beat a mid-major squad in a bowl game. Get a grip, you would be uber-fortunate to land Wilson. However, like most of your friends and relatives he will remain in the south where the girls aren't fat and championships reside. Good luck.



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Wilson: Only wanted an equal opportunity to start

Wisconsin might be the best place for him. A great line, great recievers, great running game to open up the passing offense and option. It might be a great possibility but UW probably does not want him. They tend to stay away from potential convicts, unlike the ACC and SEC..



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 1:07 am
 

Wilson: Only wanted an equal opportunity to start

He should go to Auburn and run Gus Malzahn's spread attack. He could be like mini-Cam Newton. It' not like they have any clear cut viable guy there right now.



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Wilson: Only wanted an equal opportunity to start

Come to South Carolina RW!


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