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VIDEO: Dave Doeren Talks After Practice Before NC State vs. UNC

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NC State head coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media after practice today before the Wolfpack’s rivalry game versus UNC on Saturday. The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • (Today) They don’t have class, so we backed everything up an hour to get a little more sleep for them. They eat here for lunch and dinner. Tomorrow after practice, non-travel guys can go home until Sunday. Everyone else goes to Angus Barn. Big meal with coaches, wives, kids and players. Then we’re back into a normal Friday.
  • (On the UNC Rivalry) Having been a part of the USC-UCLA rivalry, I kind of had been a part of something similar where you have two universities in the same city limits, basically. So I anticipated it being like that, and my first press conference here several people came up and welcomed me in and many of them mentioned “Beat Carolina”. It kind of cemented what I thought it would be, and then as you live here and you start to see how integrated the alumni base is, where you run into theirs and they run into ours everyday. It’s different.
  • (On beating UNC effecting recruiting) It can.  I think it’s selective. I think there’s some players that are between us and them…these games can matter…sometimes they don’t. Sometimes there’s other factors that matter more than the outcome of a game…most cases that’s true. They’re putting a lot of their attention on the things that matter to them and their family and if it’s a tie going into it, maybe that swings it, I don’t know.
  • It’s a state where there’s a lot of pride with our alumni base and obviously they have the same with theirs. So to own a rivalry for that year is nice. It’s nice to have that.
  • Our linebackers have been very productive. Obviously, Germaine is in the top five in the league in tackles. He’s made a lot of plays for our defense this year. Isaiah (Moore) and Louis (Acceus) compliment each other and both had outstanding games. Isaiah played his best game last week. Brock (Miller) is getting better and better each week…taken a ton of reps. They have been fun to watch. Calvin Hart is young, has gotten a lot of reps, and is going to be a really good player here.
  • (On favorite Thanksgiving food) The green bean casserole with the old French onion deals on top of it. I love that. I’m a dark Turkey guy. Put some gravy on there and some sweet potatoes, and I’m a happy dog.

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NC State Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier

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George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.

Kier was granted a fifth year of eligibility after missing all but 9 games last season due to injury. He was expected to arguably be George Mason’s best returning player next year, averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, earning All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team honors.

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NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer

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According to Rivals’ Corey Evans, NC State has reached out to UAB Transfer Forward Makhtar Guyer (6’10″/210), after he announced he was transferring on Friday.

Guyer has one year of eligibility remaining. Last year as a Junior at UAB, Guyer averaged 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, starting in 27 of 31 games.

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NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP

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NC State has accepted the recommendation to move their violation’s case from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

“We’ve stated throughout this process that NC State will accept accountability for any shortcomings and defend ourselves aggressively where we feel it is appropriate and necessary to do so,” Woodson wrote in a statement released by the school on Wednesday. “As our response to the Referral Petition demonstrates, we do not think NC State can receive an objective or fair hearing before the Committee on Infractions in this matter. We believe the only remaining option is that our case be moved to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

“NC State has a long history of working cooperatively with the NCAA, and we remain committed to working collaboratively through the IARP to address concerns and to resolve this matter as fairly and efficiently as possible.” (WRAL)

The IARP is made up of decision makers that are investigators and legal advocates that are independent of any NCAA teams.

The difference between the traditional process, and the IARP, is that the latter’s decision is final, unable to be appealed.

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Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket

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In the absence of the NCAA Tournament, Fox College Hoops has created a 64-team bracket to determine the best fanbase of Men’s Basketball teams.

They determined 60 of the contestants based of the Men’s Basketball teams with the most Twitter followers. The final four were determined by the highest rated teams not yet selected according to the NET Rankings.

The winner of each matchup is determined by fan vote, obviously.

NC State’s Men’s Basketball fans were given a #8 seed in the East Bracket.

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The winner of the bracket, will earn quite a gift. Fox College Hoops will place a billboard of that team in close proximity to their rival.

Go ahead and vote for NC State to beat Alabama in the 1st round right now.

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