Scotty McCreery took a break from touring on Saturday to welcome back his fellow Wolfpackers to North Carolina State with a history-making debut of a trio also featuring Chancellor Randy Woodson and head football coach Dave Doeren. What the trio may have lacked in harmony they made up for with enthusiasm and school spirit, as evidenced by the screaming students. The three men combined talents on “Wagon Wheel” on the Belltower stage during the Packapalooza street festival celebrating Wolfpack Welcome Week. The trio was backed by two Wolfpack mascots, one of whom took a turn behind the drums.
“If I die in Raleigh, at least I will die free,” sang McCreery, a NC State sophomore.
He then invited to the stage N.C. State’s baseball coach, Elliott Avent, and his team to congratulate their appearance in the College World Series earlier this year.
“I grew up playing ball and I knew when I came to N.C. State that we had a great ball club,” McCreery said. “I was extremely excited to see us to go Omaha this year.”
McCreery also participated in this weekend’s Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic, which was sponsored by the foundation that is named for the late legendary Coach Jim Valvano (Jimmy V) has raised more than $100 million for cancer research. On Saturday night, he attended the V Gala, where he met former Dallas Cowboys star Emmitt Smith, who tweeted a photo of the two of them, and baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, who invited McCreery, a former high school pitcher, to spend time pitching and relaxing with him in Houston.
Yesterday, he and father Mike McCreery competed in the golf tournament for the second consecutive year. “It was an incredible weekend,” he says. “I was able to be a college student, a performer AND golf with great athletes such as Emmitt Smith and Roger Clemens to raise money for The V Foundation. Jim Valvano has always been one of my heroes. I’m honored to be a part of their Celebrity Golf Classic.”
Scotty’s current single, “See You Tonight,” is climbing the charts and is the debut single from his second studio album, which will be released later this fall. He is on his first headlining tour, Weekend Roadtrip 2013.
“I loved every minute of touring this summer and seeing fans around the U.S. and Canada, but I also looked forward to moving back in with my college roommates, walking around campus to classes and taking in some ACC football,” he says.