The North Carolina State Wolfpack fans have been voted the most delusional college basketball fan base by David Aldridge of Bleacher Report.
Looking back over the history of the program you don’t have to wonder why. A team with such high hopes last season collapsed in a matter of games before proving they were just another mid-pack ACC team as usual since the day of Sendek. That story and being the low-pack team under Sidney Lowe has highlighted their program for the last century. Yet, the trash talk and bragging their fans heckled UNC and Duke fans with you’d think they’re the best team and school in all of the land.
Herb Sendek led the Wolfpack to five consecutive NCAA tournaments from 2002-2006, but he was always criticized for his style of play and inability to beat North Carolina and Duke on a regular basis. Sendek left to become the head coach at Arizona State in 2006 and Wolfpack fans thought the program would move to the next level.
Instead, Sidney Lowe took over after Sendek with no head coaching experience. He failed to get the team back to the NCAA tournament during his five seasons before resigning in 2011.
Meanwhile our own North Carolina fan base has been ranked No. 8 on the list and it’s not because of the teams performance or that the fans are cocky. Rather, Tar Heel fans seem to criticize Roy Williams for all the wrong reasons and expect more than the great job that he has done at UNC out of him. Coach Williams is one of the nation’s best recruiting, has won two National Championships at UNC, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Despite accomplishing all of that, our fans seem to still be unsatisfied with all of the hard work that Roy has put in the program.
Despite completely cleaning up the mess Matt Doherty left behind at North Carolina and guiding the Tar Heels to national championships in 2005 and 2009, Williams constantly has to deal with criticism from his own fans about not meeting expectations.
Aldridge writes that after the early season struggles last season, fans heckled and constantly complained it was time for Roy to hang up the boots. It’s frustrating to the fans when they’re team is struggling, but it’s easy to forget that every team will struggle at some point and it’s how the coaches correct the problems that count. Roy changed his lineup and saw his team player the best ball of any team in the country.