Colleges

Triangle coaches trade jokes before games begin

Posted July 25, 2013
Updated July 26, 2013

NCCU's Henry Frazier shares a laugh at the 2013 Pigskin Preview July 25.

— Their conference media days complete and practices yet to begin, college football coaches from across the Triangle gathered Thursday for a rare opportunity at levity before the serious work of the season sets in.

The annual Pigskin Preview luncheon, a combination fundraiser and press conference, turned into a cut-up contest between coaches going for the biggest laugh.

Duke's David Cutcliffe credited superstition with his team's 6-7 record and Belk Bowl appearance. 

"I was actually pulling into the stadium and a dang black cat on Friday the 13th walked right in front of me," he said. "So I backed up and went all the way around to the other side of campus to go in. That's the reason we played in a bowl game last year!"

A few feet away, North Carolina Central head coach Henry Frazier III turned that story into a lesson. "I'm going to send a bunch of black cats over to Duke on Aug. 31," he said. Frazier's Eagles open the season against the Blue Devils.

In his second season, Larry Fedora, of the University of North Carolina, has adapted to the good-natured ribbing and camaraderie of the ACC. 

"You guys are used to this. I think it's taken for granted," he said. "It's no where like this anywhere else in the country."

"Some conferences, their coaches don't get along," said East Carolina's Ruffin McNeill. "But this group does. Life is short, so enjoy it."

For the newcomer to the group, Dave Doeren of North Carolina State University, the fit is a little too close for comfort.  

"I like being around other coaches. I like talking football with them, but this close to when we're trying to beat each other, it's overkill a little bit," he said.

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  • NothingButNet Aug 3, 3:45 p.m.

    Hokie 94 is claiming that:

    "He(Doeren) will get his azzz handed to him this year and the... View More

    — Posted by iamcousinbooger

    + a million.

    Hokie is a legend in his own mind. Too bad he has no concept of reality. At all.

  • iamcousinbooger Jul 27, 7:56 p.m.

    Hokie 94 is claiming that:

    "He(Doeren) will get his azzz handed to him this year and the next."

    This coming from someone who really knows what it's like to have his OWN ace handed to him by other posters in these sports forums.

    Go ASU!

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jul 26, 1:12 p.m.

    Hey Doeren,

    Chill dude. We may be adversaries on the field, but that really needs to be where it... View More

    — Posted by Wheelman

    Doeren seems like a nice guy, but he does carry that "Gotta hate UNC" theme a bit too... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    And Fedora did not last year? I'm sure you were drinking his kool Aid last year at this time.

    — Posted by NCSU84

    Fedora didn't make a big deal out of the rivalry the way the Doeren is doing. He didn't say things like, "I have blue eyes and I bleed red, and I HATE those guys." Doeren focuses too much on Carolina.

    I didn't drink any Koolaid when Fedora took the head coaching job. He seemed (and still does) like a high energy guy who would work hard to get the program back on track. I didn't know enough about Fedora to be drinking the blue Koolaid.

  • Hammerhead Jul 26, 12:08 p.m.

    I'm glad Coach Doeren doesn't have to drink Red-Bull to get motivated.

    — Posted by packfan07

    Artificial enthusiasm. The Viagra of "energy" drinks.

  • packfan07 Jul 26, 11:58 a.m.

    I'm glad Coach Doeren doesn't have to drink Red-Bull to get motivated.

  • NCSU84 Jul 26, 8:55 a.m.

    Hey Doeren,

    Chill dude. We may be adversaries on the field, but that really needs to be where it... View More

    — Posted by Wheelman

    Doeren seems like a nice guy, but he does carry that "Gotta hate UNC" theme a bit too... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    And Fedora did not last year? I'm sure you were drinking his kool Aid last year at this time.

  • packfan07 Jul 26, 8:39 a.m.

    Hey Doeren,

    Chill dude. We may be adversaries on the field, but that really needs to be where it... View More

    — Posted by Wheelman

    And Fedora is counting the days.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jul 26, 7:14 a.m.

    Hey Doeren,

    Chill dude. We may be adversaries on the field, but that really needs to be where it... View More

    — Posted by Wheelman

    Doeren seems like a nice guy, but he does carry that "Gotta hate UNC" theme a bit too far.

  • ciscopack Jul 25, 10:07 p.m.

    Hatman was sad that water was the refreshing drink; he was about to die for a Red Bull or 5.

  • Hammerhead Jul 25, 9:49 p.m.

    Dang cut him some slack. It's not like he has gone thru it before

    — Posted by wkmeekins

    Doeren wants the first bus ticket outta Raleigh to Wisconson.

    — Posted by Jewelry-EricLeak

    Nah. I think Anderson will do a fine job up there, WI fans are quite happy to have him. A lot of Badger fans were not disappointed to see Bielema go. He fits in perfectly with the SEC. He may have rubbed off on Doeren a bit.

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