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Head Football Coach Lou Holtz

The North Carolina State Years

At North Carolina State, Holtz produced the best four-year win-loss record (33-12-3) in the history of the school. All four of his Wolfpack teams earned postseason bowl invitations, giving him a personal string of 10 straight bowl games including the six at Arkansas. He took over a program that had won only three games in each of the previous three seasons before he arrived-and reversed that figure by coaching the 'Pack to an 8-3-1 record in 1972. North Carolina State won seven of its last eight games that year, including a 49-13 victory over 18th-ranked West Virginia in the Peach Bowl to end up 17th in the final AP poll. Holtz was rewarded by being named Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year.

Here's what Holtz's next three Wolfpack teams accomplished:

North Carolina State's ninth-place finish in the final UPI poll in '74 marks the only time in the school's history its football team has finished in a wire-service top 10.