Nobody will ever forget Jim Valvano running around the floor at “The Pit” in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1983 looking for somebody to hug after his underdog NC State team pulled off the miraculous by winning the national championship.
Every time of the year that it is NCAA Tournament time the video of Valvano running around after NC State won the national title game is played over and over.
A few years later, little did Valvano know that he would set forth another run to national titles when as NC State athletics director, Valvano promoted former NC State infielder Ray Tanner to be head coach of the Wolfpack baseball program.
Tanner was just 27 years old when Valvano promoted him from assistant to head coach in the late 1980s, but “Jimmy V” knew that when Sam Esposito retired he had the right guy already on staff.
Boy, did he ever.