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O'Brien fires back at Withers' comments

Posted November 3, 2011

Things are becoming nasty between UNC Interim Head Coach Everett Withers and NCSU Head Coach Tom O’Brien. 

On Wednesday in an interview with 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio Withers said, “When you have as many schools in this state as you have and the recruiting base gets watered down a little bit, I think the kids in this state need to know ‘the flagship school'.”

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“They need to know it academically," Withers continued. "If you look at our graduation rates opposed to our opponent this week’s graduation rates for football, I think you’ll see a difference. If you look at the educational environment here, I think you’ll see a difference.” 

Tom O’Brien was quick to fire a rebuttal during his usual weekly Thursday availability with the media.

“As far as the flagship, here was a guy (Withers) who was on a football staff that ends up in Indianapolis," O'Brien said, “You have an agent on staff, you are paying players & you have academic fraud. That's a triple play as far as the NCAA is concerned." 

O’Brien also had a response to the academic questions that Withers raised on Wednesday by saying, “At our school, number one, all classes have a syllabus. Our guys go to school, they are not given grades, and they graduate.”

Withers opened up his media availability Thursday by addressing the comments made on The Fan Wednesday saying it was "out of pride for his university" and was not intended to take a shot at NC State.

Reports Thursday afternoon that UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp called to appologize to NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson regarding Withers' remarks were denied by UNC. In an email response to an inquiry, Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations Nancy Davis said:

"The chancellors talked this afternoon. They’re good friends and have great respect for their institutions. The coaches were just engaging in a little rivalry-week talk. That’s all it was."

UNC and NC State will face off at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. You can watch the game on WRAL-TV 5.

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  • FordMan Nov 5, 8:18 p.m.

    LOL LOL

    BOTTOM LINE JUST LIKE TOM O`BRIEN SAID ... View More

    — Posted by FordMan

    Wow. What a mastery of the English Language you have. I'm sure State wouldn't graduate anyone... View More

    — Posted by Tarheel born

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    How do you know what the score going to be????????????????????

    mmmmmmm... View More

    — Posted by FordMan

    Laughing here big time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hey man you were totally wrong LOL

    The real score was NCSU 13 and UNC 0

    You were a little off Laughing

    Not only did NCSU win they shut out Carolina Zero points

  • FordMan Nov 5, 8:15 p.m.

    HEY HAS ANYONE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS ????????????????????????????????

    THE ONE THEY SAY IS T... View More

    — Posted by FordMan

    HEY YOU WANT TO KNOW A REAL STORY WORTH INVESTIGATING? WHY IS IT THAT SOME PEOPLE FEEL COMPELLED... View More

    — Posted by chapelthrill2007

    I had an awesome day

    LOL NCSU 13 and UNC 0

    Not only did NCSU win the game they shut out Carolina

    I did have an awesome day not a good day but an awesome day.

    Thanks

  • pskunk119 Nov 5, 3:51 p.m.

    TOB was not accurate???? Excuse me-was NC State in Indy pleading for mercy??? NO- UNC was... View More

    — Posted by cwood3

    Yes you heard it right. Withers, although poorly timed in his comments, was accurate. TOBY was... View More

    — Posted by Honesty first

    Withers made baiting Toby look easier than any number of us baiting Faye State, or Paula.

    Heh.... View More

    — Posted by GoLower

    SHUTOUT!!!!

    Good times indeed!!!!!

  • pskunk119 Nov 5, 3:48 p.m.

    You just bought yourself a beatdown Opie.....no calling the dogs off on Saturday..... ... View More

    — Posted by sportznut628

    Slobberknock? Renner knows all about that. The only pathetic team was in pu**y blue.

  • corey3rd Nov 5, 3:46 p.m.

    Withers withers.

    Talkin' trash with a garbage squad.

  • dsalter Nov 5, 2:00 a.m.

    Withers should learn, people who live in glass houses should never throw stones.

  • wardjammer22 Nov 4, 8:32 p.m.

    I wish coach Cutt would chim in on this one!!!!!!!!!

  • wardjammer22 Nov 4, 8:21 p.m.

    I love this chin music from the coach's! Anybody got an extra tix? This is the kind of stuff that packs stadiums. Ever wonder how SEC stadiums got so huge? I'm a Duke fan for Crist Sake! I just wish Steve was still at Duke. We would be packing Wallace Wade every Sat.
    Bluedevils forever!!!!!!!!!!! Baby!!!!!!!!!!!

  • chapelthrill2007 Nov 4, 8:09 p.m.

    HEY HAS ANYONE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS ????????????????????????????????

    THE ONE THEY SAY IS T... View More

    — Posted by FordMan

    HEY YOU WANT TO KNOW A REAL STORY WORTH INVESTIGATING? WHY IS IT THAT SOME PEOPLE FEEL COMPELLED TO POST IN ALL CAPS ON INTERNET MESSAGE BOARDS? ARE THEY UNABLE TO FIND THE CAPS LOCK KEY? I'LL GIVE YOU A HINT-ITS ON THE LEFTHAND PART OF YOUR KEYBOARD.

    HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

  • FordMan Nov 4, 7:54 p.m.

    LOL LOL

    BOTTOM LINE JUST LIKE TOM O`BRIEN SAID ... View More

    — Posted by FordMan

    Wow. What a mastery of the English Language you have. I'm sure State wouldn't graduate anyone... View More

    — Posted by Tarheel born

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    How do you know what the score going to be????????????????????

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Maybe cheating as well mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    TAlking about my language??????????????????????

    AT least I am not a cheater like your school is !!!!!!

    Carolina has made a fool out of Themeselves all across the country

    And now your interim coach has made a fool again out of your school

    LOL LOL

    And you are talking about my language

    Laughing here

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