Explosive Comments Stir Up Rivalry
North Carolina State head coach, Dave Doeren, sparked controversy with his post-game comments after a decisive victory over rival school, North Carolina. In a private conversation with his team, Doeren referred to their opponents as “pieces of s—.” The remarks, caught on camera without Doeren’s knowledge, have since ignited a heated exchange between the two coaches.
Disappointment and Apologies
UNC head coach, Mack Brown, expressed his disappointment in Doeren’s choice of words. Although not directly mentioning Doeren by name, Brown condemned the comments during a press conference, stating, “I apologize for that language but I’ve never heard something like that before. I’m disappointed. I thought it was classless. It’s not true.”
Brown further defended his players, emphasizing their achievements both on and off the field. He emphasized their academic excellence and successes in previous seasons, making it clear that the derogatory remarks were unwarranted.
Regret and Apologies
In response to the backlash, Doeren offered his apologies to Brown. He admitted to calling the UNC coach to express remorse for his choice of words. Doeren also clarified that he was unaware of the camera’s presence in the locker room and believed the conversation to be private.
Doeren acknowledged that his language was inappropriate and confirmed that being caught in the heat of the moment had affected his choice of words. Despite his enthusiasm for his team’s performance, Doeren expressed his respect for Brown and expressed his regret at any offense caused.
Rival Teams Continue Their Season
As the coaches attempt to resolve their differences, their respective teams prepare for upcoming bowl games. North Carolina will face off against an as-yet-unnamed opponent in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, while North Carolina State will take on No. 25 Kansas State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl.
The controversy surrounding the coaches’ clash adds an extra layer of intensity to these games, as both teams strive to end their seasons on a high note.