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NC State's Thornton suspended for opener

Posted August 7, 2013
Updated August 8, 2013

— North Carolina State running back Shadrach Thornton will miss the team’s season opener against Louisiana Tech following a June arrest, head coach Dave Doeren said Wednesday.

Thornton, the Wolfpack’s leading rusher from a season ago, was arrested June 6 on campus following an incident the day before. Witnesses told police that they saw the sophomore grab his girlfriend by the arm and push her against the wall in the D.H. Hill Library. He was charged with one count of assault on a female and is due in court Aug. 22.

“He won’t play the first game,” Doeren said Wednesday. “That was decided a long time ago, regardless of the outcome of the court date.”

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On Monday, Doeren said that the team had been aware of the incident since June and suspended him for an undisclosed amount of time during the summer. Thornton was made available on the team’s media day Sunday and has been working out with the team since fall camp opened last week.

Thornton led the team in rushing yards in 2012 with 694 despite only starting four games. He closed the year with three consecutive 100-yard performances.

The Wolfpack have five scholarship tailbacks on the roster in Tony Creecy, Thornton and three true freshmen – Matthew Dayes, Josh Mercer and Dakwa Nichols.


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  • TeaBagOnLove Aug 7, 2013

    Sounds like NC State is going to stay on top of this. My only question is: Why didn't Coach state the penalty on Sunday or Monday when the story broke?

  • Ramageddon Aug 7, 2013

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    Why isn't the Red Rage cult calling for an immediate dismissal and an investigation by the FBI?

  • FAN72 Aug 7, 2013

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    Probably because no federal crime was committed. I would suggest an anger management class in addition to the suspension. The only time a man should use force against a woman is in self defense. Sort of like when the 3 UNC football players accused two women of raping them.

  • TeaBagOnLove Aug 7, 2013

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    That robbery / assault incident is one that those two players will never forget. Last I heard the guy got ~15 yrs and the two women got slaps on the wrist.

  • Jewelry-EricLeak Aug 7, 2013

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    This is nothing more than some PR stunt. Sort of like when I suspended JR Sweezy for all his mischief for the first half of the WCU game. If NC State were really serious he'd be suspended for a conference game. Hypocrites.

  • FAN72 Aug 7, 2013

    Suspension is regardless of the outcome of the court case. Coach D didn't say that further punishment would not happen as a result of the outcome of the case.

  • Ramageddon Aug 7, 2013

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    ...not sure I'd know how to "report" a crime like that as it's never happened to me, and I'd probably go all in way to quick to resist...just sayin...

  • Ramageddon Aug 7, 2013

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    The FBI was a joke...however, where is that top investigative unit from CrackPride?

  • Kerlina Tattle Tales SmaKT Aug 7, 2013

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    Exactly. Something kerlina couldn't do with PJ. Coach D has been here less than a year and he's already proven he's got a bigger sack than Roy.

  • kmorcomeback2 Aug 7, 2013

    poor kid




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