Former Wolfpack basketball players Tom Gugliotta, center, and Chris Corchiani, right, are removed from the stands during the second half of the Wolfpack's 76-62 loss to Florida State. ETHAN HYMAN - email@example.com
Chris Corchiani and Tom Gugliotta will be back at the RBC Center on Tuesday as honored guests of N.C. State.
Wolfpack athletic director Debbie Yow said Sunday that the school will honor the 1988-89 N.C. State basketball team, which won the ACC regular-season title, before Tuesday's home game against North Carolina.
Corchiani and Gugliotta were both members of coach Jim Valvano's penultimate team, which went 10-4 in the ACC and advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. Both former players were involved in an incident with referee Karl Hess in N.C. State's 76-62 loss to Florida State on Saturday at the RBC Center.
With 6 minutes and 40 seconds left in the game, Hess ejected Corchiani and Gugliotta, who were sitting behind the scorers' table. Corchiani said he and Gugliotta were complaining about the officiating, and protesting some of the calls, but did not threaten or use profanity with Hess.
Hess declined to provide a reason why he ejected the former players. The ACC has also refused to offer an explanation, although it did acknowledge that Hess did not follow NCAA protocol in having the former players removed from their seats.
Yow said the '89 team, the last N.C. State basketball team to an ACC title, will receive the "Wolfpack Unlimited" award for their "refusal to accept the status quo."
"This was one of Jim's best teams and it's well-deserved, so I'm looking forward to it," Yow said.
Yow did not comment on the timing of the decision to honor the '89 team, which featured Corchiani at point guard and Rodney Monroe at shooting guard. Gugliotta was a reserve forward on the team. All three players have their jerseys honored in the RBC Center rafters.
Yow had no comment about the ACC's lack of public explanation for the ejection of the former players.
"I can't say anything else," Yow said. "I'm still talking to the conference."