RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina State athletic director Debbie Yow knew it would be tough to build the Wolfpack into one of the nation's best overall sports programs. She was neither surprised nor deterred then when the Wolfpack's steady climb hit a bump last season.
N.C. State had risen in the Directors' Cup standings in each of her first three years to inch closer to her goal of top-25 status, but the school slid after a bumpy year that included a three-win football season as well as a baseball season that fell far short of the public goal to return to the College World Series.
N.C. State slid to 41st in the Directors' Cup standings, though the basketball programs made the NCAA tournament in the same year for the first time since 2006.
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