EDITOR’S NOTE: Gary Pearce was a reporter and editor at The News & Observer, a political consultant and an adviser to former Gov. Jim Hunt. He blogs about politics and public policy at New Day for NC.
As an N.C. State alum and avid fan, I was dismayed and disappointed when the NCAA threw the Wolfpack baseball team out of the College World Series.
Then it got political.
“Politics” was the word Head Coach Elliot Avent used when pressed about his team’s Covid vaccinations: “If you want to talk baseball, we can talk baseball. If you want to talk politics or stuff like that, you can go talk to my head of sports medicine.”
Then the politicians piled on. Former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who is running for U.S. Senate, started a petition: “The NCAA may have tried to CANCEL the N.C. State Wolfpack, but we won’t let their nonsense continue. Sign our petition to DEMAND…