Can you think of a better way for N.C. State to welcome its students back to Raleigh? American Idol champ, and State sophomore, Scotty McCreery joining with Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren and Chancellor Randy Woodson to play what, in a perfect world, would be the official North Carolina song, "Wagon Wheel"—the Old Crow Medicine Show version, goddammit—in the shadow of the Belltower on Hillsborough Street. McCreery takes lead guitar. Doreren and Woodsen provide capable background vocals. Head down south to the land of the pines, indeed.
As a North Carolina native, the song always hits me with a vicious bout of nolstagia, and now I'm weirdly nolstagic about an orientation week at a school I never even attended. Ah. Never graduate, kids. It'll turn you into a walking, talking version of the emotion "wistful." Going to listen to Darius Rucker and get my anger back.