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Mandy Mitchell

New year starts new era for NC State football

Posted January 1, 2013

— It's not easy to imagine what it's been like to be an NC State football player over the last month: Your coach is fired. Your new coach is hired and you are getting ready for the a bowl game at the same time.

Interim head coach Dana Bible said the two coaching staffs were taking up the entire fourth floor. This was an awkward situation for everyone involved.

"We definitely feel like we can move on and turn the page now," said Tony Creecy following NC State's bowl game loss. "It's been about Coach (Tom) O'Brien and everyone has been grieving that he's been gone, but we have to move on and start playing football for Coach (Dave) Doeren."

Sounds like someone is ready for the new year.

While many people feel the sense that their slate will be wiped clean today on the 1st of the year, this is especially true for NC State football. Many people were angry at Athletics Director Debbie Yow for pulling the plug on TOB before the bowl game, but look at the situation now. State has its new coach in place. He's hired his staff. He's picked out his office chair and he's beginning 2013 with clear goals for this future of this program.

Wait until after the bowl game to whack the coach and you are starting this process now. As Creecy points out, there is always a mourning process of sorts for the players. That's all over now.

I've covered my share of bowl games, so I've seen a sad locker room. No doubt NC State was disappointed in this loss, but it was hard to look past the relief in the players' eyes. You could tell, after a season of real highs and real lows, they were ready to move on and start new.

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  • jayparks0228 Jan 5, 2013

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    Yea they did!!! 43-35 over State!!!

  • StunGunn Jan 3, 2013

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    I think Doeren will be a breath of fresh air for State. It may be a "rebuilding" year, but better that then another year of same old, same old.

  • jeff727 Jan 3, 2013

    UNC looked great in their bowl game.. my side is hurting frim laughing..go holes!

  • IBleedRedandWhite Jan 2, 2013

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    At least the play calling was only predictable at the end of close games instead of the ENTIRE game like it was with Bible (a little sarcasm there).

    I really didn't expect NIU to even be able to hang in there and they did until the 4th quarter where the more talented team finally wore the little guy down. Remember, up until the end of the 3rd it was a 17-10 game.

    Not saying Doeren will have any better talent pool to pull from at State, but he should be able to recruit at the same level at TOB and hopefully better since he actually shows some emotion and is a young coach.

    I don't think next year will be a great year for State football but I am still more excited about the new regime than I have been in a long time for Pack football! Last year just seemed stale and the same-old beat cream-puff teams, win a game that noone thought we would win, and lose games that we had no business losing. Hopefully Doeren will change that. GO PACK!!

  • Hammerhead Jan 2, 2013

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    Barry Alvarez won 3 Rose Bowls. My/our complaint with Canada was that when the games were close at the end, the play calling became too predictable. He may be different with Doeren. WI lost every close game this year. BTW, I'm not a NCSU hater, and I love smash mouth football.

  • Got Peart Jan 2, 2013

    I like how the first 5-6 comments were by non-NCSU fans. troll much?

    As for Canada's play calling yesterday. Do any of you remember what Wisconsin was like when Alvarez was HC? It was 3 yds and a cloud of dust - smash mouth football. That's what we saw yesterday. Even announcers alluded to the fact that plays would have to be approved by Alvarez. Canada was very limited with what he could do. He let it rip in Big10 Champ game, and they hung 70 on Nebraska.

    Next year I don't expect much. We lose a lot of guys, and honestly I think it's a good thing. New staff coming in will be able to put their stamp on things a little easier (at least I think that may help). Plus, they're younger - can relate better, and all have been successful.

    Problem this past year was leadership - I mean the "HC" didn't even think it was important to be on the sideline. And even then - it was just plain vanilla all day long - nothing but the same old crud.

    Let's look at where Hat and D are in 4 years. Then make comparisons.

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Jan 2, 2013

    Rico, Lets see now, Tom O beat FSU, then Yow fires him and hires a coach whos team got their but kicked by FSU, so he can run a progam to beat FSU all the time. Do I have this right?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Jan 2, 2013

    Yep, the future is bright for NC State! Basketball is awesome! Football is building from a higher level than the last time a new coach had a building job to do. Thank you, Debbie Yow. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • StunGunn Jan 2, 2013

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    Ooops - saw your second post before this one. I've heard the VT fans travel well and give terrific support to their teams, and what you wrote supports that. I head a week or so ago on the radio (weekend ESPN radio show - not the local shows) speculation about who would replace Beamer and it wasn't Foster. They also said that while Foster would be a very attractive hire for another team, but he is very well compensated at VT, so he may not jump ship so quickly.

  • StunGunn Jan 2, 2013

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    Very true about the good health, peace, and happiness are the most important things in life, and being the fan of a winning team is the icing on the cake.

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