Team preview: North Carolina State

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Chuck Amato is a victim of his own success. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to suggest that he's a victim of his own excess.

It was the former Wolfpack linebacker who convinced the fans of the long underachieving program that they could reach greatness. It was Amato, the former right-hand man under Bobby Bowden at Florida State, who sparked the school's amazing facility upgrade, convincing Pack donors that with an expanded stadium, a new football operations building and other improvements, the Pack could compete for the national championship in a sport where no previous NC State team had ever finished in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll, won more than nine games in a season or played in a major bowl.