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NC State basketball postpones international trip

N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried reacts to a call against his team during the second half against North Carolina.
N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried reacts to a call against his team during the second half against North Carolina. Raleigh

Italy will have to wait for N.C. State. The Wolfpack basketball team has scotched its plans to travel to Europe next month, citing safety and travel concerns.

The NCAA allows college teams to go on international trips, and play three games, once every four years. N.C. State was scheduled to go on a multi-city tour of Rome, Milan and Venice in mid-August.

With the U.S. State Department’s recent European Travel Alert, N.C. State decided it would be safer to postpone its international trip until 2017, according to Fred Demarest, an associate athletic director at N.C. State.

There are pluses and minuses to the canceled trip for the Wolfpack. With so many new parts on the roster, the trip could have helped a young Wolfpack team. But with freshman point guard Dennis Smith and senior guard Terry Henderson coming off major injuries, there’s less of a risk of rushing them back before either is ready.

N.C. State’s last international trip was to Spain in 2012 and the Wolfpack went to Canada in 2008.

Joe Giglio: 919-829-8938, @jwgiglio

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