N.C. State coach Dave Doeren joked about a reason for his team’s difficult ACC schedule during his radio show Wednesday night.
The Wolfpack is the only team this season that had to play heavyweights Florida State and Clemson in consecutive weeks.
N.C. State is also one of two ACC teams that has to go nine weeks before its first open date.
“You’d never know that somebody that graduated from the school down the street is the commissioner,” Doeren said during his radio show, a reference to ACC Commissioner John Swofford, a North Carolina alum and the Tar Heels’ former athletics director. “I mean, you would never know that with our schedule.”
Doeren said after Thursday’s practice that he was just joking when he made the comment, which is a popular sore spot with portions the Wolfpack fan base with the ACC office.
“I mean, it’s a radio show; we’re allowed to laugh and have fun,” he said.
Each school is responsible for its nonconference schedule but the ACC determines the order of games. The conference uses computer models and input from its television partners to set the order for its 14 teams.
Doeren has a reason to complain, even in jest. The Seminoles and Tigers have combined to win 33 of the past 34 games against the rest of the ACC. Clemson’s last ACC loss to an ACC team other than FSU came in 2011 at N.C. State.
Florida State has won 18 straight ACC games. Its last conference loss was at N.C. State in 2012.
N.C. State lost to No. 1 FSU 56-41 on Sept. 27 and 41-0 a week later at Clemson.
No team had to play FSU and Clemson in consecutive weeks last season; Duke and Maryland did in 2012.
The Wolfpack (4-2, 0-2) will host Boston College (3-2, 0-1) Saturday. The Eagles are coming off an open date.
N.C. State won’t get a week off until after a trip to Louisville on Oct. 18. The Cardinals are the only other ACC team that has to wait that long into the season to get an open date.
Doeren was more concerned about the wear and tear on his players than the order of the games.
“Any time you get into this point of the season without a bye week, particularly for us we have so many young kids, it’s a grind,” he said.
This is the second time this season Doeren has been critical of the ACC or another ACC team. After the FSU game, he questioned whether the Seminoles faked injuries to slow N.C. State’s hurry-up offense.
He later apologized to FSU coach Jimbo Fisher for those comments.