N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said he made a mistake after the Wolfpack’s 56-41 loss to Florida State on Saturday with his comments about the Seminoles potentially faking injuries to stop the clock and slow N.C. State’s offense.
Doeren, through a statement released by the school, said he has apologized to FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, who fired back Monday and defended his team.
“I have apologized to Jimbo Fisher and would like to apologize to his staff, players and FSU fans for my comments that took away from a tremendous college football game,” Doeren said in the statement. “I left an emotional locker room and took those emotions with me to the press conference.”
In the first home game against the No. 1-ranked team in the country in program history, N.C. State led 24-7 after the first quarter. Doeren was asked after the game why his team had so much success early and pointed to the offense’s fast tempo.
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“The tempo we had was working until all the crazy, fall-down things were going on and the clock kept stopping,” Doeren said. “The refs can’t do anything about that, but it’s horrible the way the tempo gets slowed down by these injuries.”
Asked about those comments Monday, Fisher retorted: “I accuse him of not knowing what he’s talking about. We did not fake injuries. We wouldn’t do that.”
That prompted Doeren to call and apologize. On Tuesday, Doeren said the focus should have been on the game.
“It was a great game with tremendous plays made by both teams,” Doeren said. “That is where the focus deserves to be. I have the utmost respect for Jimbo, his staff and players. FSU played a great game and earned the win.”