I stopped right there. You sound as bad as a Cowboys fan who brags about their old ass rings. PRE-1990? Really? NCSU can pay some supercoach more money than Bill Gates if they want, but the trick is to out recruit UNC and Duke and that just won't happen...anymore.
NCSU last won the ACC regular season in 1989.
NCSU last won the ACC Tournament in 1987. Yes, they made the final tournament game in 97, 02, 03, and 07.
You need to ask yourself what is behind their lack of success. The answer is that the media has overhyped Duke, UNC, and other major programs since TV ratings have soared for such big time games, and .com journalism has replaced print media. In other words, the media has made schools like NCSU seem like a joke so much, that they unfairly become a joke. If you were a top 10 recruit, why would you pick NCSU over Duke or Carolina or any other top program? The best NCSU can hope for is to hire a solid coach and basically be what they have become: a "mid-major" (talent wise) with a top tier name attached to their school. If Butler can make the dance, so can you. But for now...you are indeed a joke, along side Virginia, Clemson, BC, and Miami. It's not your fault. But don't give me stats from the 80s and 90s. It's 2011, guy.
I encourage you to read the Al Featherston article I linked. 1990 might seem like a long time ago but remember that we were EQUAL to Duke and only slightly under UNC at that time as far as winning is concerned...and then we put sanctions on ourselves.
I'm not even going to argue with you anymore because its pointless. There are 5 schools on "elite" level according to you and they are Duke, Kansas, Carolina, UCLA, Kentucky. Those are the only schools in the country that "recruit themselves." You could put a clown in charge of those schools and recruits would come. But for every other school (mid-majors according to you) you have to have a good coach...Which NCSU hasn't had in the last 20 years. If syndicated writers like Greg Doyel, Al Featherston, and Dave Glenn are saying that NC State is a "sleeping giant" and could make the Final Four with the right coach then I'm going to tend to buy into what they say rather than a Carolina fan that just wants to belittle a rival.