O'Brien, Withers Trading Jabs For Rivalry Game

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State coach Tom O'Brien and North Carolina interim coach Everett Withers have added a little spice to this week's rivalry game.

Withers went on a radio show this week and said UNC is the state's "flagship" university and pointed out the Tar Heels' graduation rates are higher than the Wolfpack's.

Asked about the comments Thursday, O'Brien defended program's academic work and took jabs at UNC's recent NCAA trouble with improper benefits and academic misconduct.

O'Brien called Withers "a guy on a football staff that ends up in Indianapolis," a reference to the school's appearance before the NCAA infractions committee last week. He also called the list of UNC's troubles "a triple play as far as the NCAA goes."

Withers is scheduled to talk with reporters Thursday afternoon.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2011 at 08:01 PM
    anonymous and chuck get you some, tarholes suck!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM
    NCSU is a joke, football coach and AD are real tools.
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      by Henry on Nov 5, 2011 at 08:01 PM in reply to
      If wolfpack suck , then what does that leave the tarholes doing, lol, tarhole suck!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      by Jimmy on Nov 6, 2011 at 04:39 AM in reply to
      Ha Ha Ha Ha, now go to your room and get ready for church, then we going to K&W and eat with NaNa, and no jello for you...God is good!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    UNC is the flagship school of the state and does have the highest graduation percentage. TOB is a classless loser for making those comments. Coaches that make personal attacks against other coaches are pitiful. I have lost all respect for TOB because of this, Go Heels!!
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      by Joe on Nov 5, 2011 at 08:02 PM in reply to
      Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    Withers was not lying. This is from Wikipedia: Being the flagship institution of the University of North Carolina system, the campus at Chapel Hill is referred to as the University of North Carolina for the purposes of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Tar Heels are commonly referred to as Carolina, North Carolina, UNC, or simply The Heels. TOB is a joke.
  • by Typical Triangle hypocrisy on Nov 4, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    Well these two clowns of schools are at it again. No wonder why ECU has much better fans to be around! ECU does not get involved in that hypocrisy and that drama like those awful fans of those awful schools up in the triangle do. Well at least Duke still has some class.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 07:41 AM in reply to Typical Triangle hypocrisy
      At least these schools have national championships and Eastern Carolina has zero, LOL
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        by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 08:02 AM in reply to
        HAHA and yet UNC hasnt won an ACC championship in how long???? 30 years if you were wondering.. WOW talk about a powerhouse
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          by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 09:59 AM in reply to
          I never said they were a powerhouse and I wasnt wondering. Still the best team in this state. I think you need to brush up on your reading skills...
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        by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 02:04 PM in reply to
        True, but we are not under scrutiny with the NCAA right now either.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 10:18 AM in reply to Typical Triangle hypocrisy
      At least thoose awful schools are in a real conference, LOL
  • by No wonder! Location: Greenville on Nov 4, 2011 at 03:53 AM
    Ah, no wonder there are so many ignorant pooh heels posts.
  • by Anchorman on Nov 3, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    Stay Classy Raleigh/Chapel Hill.
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      by Typical Triangle hypocrisy on Nov 4, 2011 at 06:20 AM in reply to Anchorman
      You forgot Durham.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 07:36 AM in reply to Typical Triangle hypocrisy
        what does durham have to do with this story?
  • by old school acc fan on Nov 3, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    I love this! This reminds me of the old days of ACC basketball between these 2 schools! trash talk fellas then lets see a great game on Saturday Fox 14 at 12:30!
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      by To Old School on Nov 3, 2011 at 12:35 PM in reply to old school acc fan
      Don't encourage Fox ENC....you know what they can do to a big game. Watch it on WRAL.
  • by Chuck Location: Greenville on Nov 3, 2011 at 12:18 PM
    UNC will smack NC State right in the mouth.UNC is by far the better team period. UNC Will win by 2 or more touchdowns. Get the moving van ready to send to O'Brien's house at seasons end. Maybe Same moving company can go Get Yow's stuff also. That both make me sick.
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      by bill on Nov 5, 2011 at 09:30 PM in reply to Chuck
      oh no chuck, you were wrong. that is probably the story of your life.
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      by Jimmy on Nov 6, 2011 at 04:40 AM in reply to Chuck
      Thank God your not a betting guy, tell your mama hello for me....
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