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D.J. Funderburk Charged in Parking Incident Prior to Suspension

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Redshirt Junior Forward D.J. Funderburk was suspended indefinitely by NC State on September 30th. According to the News & Observer, prior to his suspension Funderburk “was charged with larceny property damage on Sept. 25 by the university police” due to a parking incident.

Everyone hates parking tickets…especially college students. Maybe college athletes hate them more.

Funderburk had a handful of outstanding on-campus parking tickets, and walked back to his car in the Reynolds Coliseum Parking Deck to find not 1…not 2…not 3…but 4 car boots on his tires. While they don’t roll all that well, Funderburk drove off with the boots on, leaving two in the dust, and dragging two with him.
As a result, the boots and parking lot were damaged for a total of $330.
NC State’s campus transportation department declined to prosecute the charge.
Head Coach Kevin Keatts said there is no timetable for his return at this point at NC State’s Media Day press conference.

“I won’t get into much of it, because that’s our internal deal placed upon him basically from the basketball program. I will say this is, I have a certain expectation of what I think an NC State player should be, and right now he hasn’t met that.

“There is no timetable for his return. He’s got some benchmarks that I want him to meet to be able to join the team. When it happens, he’ll be a part of it. If it doesn’t, he won’t.

Right now, he’s not allowed to do anything basketball related. He’s to maintain academics. He’s allowed to come into this building to work out, but as far as anything team related, we don’t have him involved.” (GoPack)

With that being said, PackPride reported that the suspension is likely to be three games.

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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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