NC State's Smith Suspended For Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State says leading scorer Tracy Smith has been suspended for one game for his comments on the officiating in the Wolfpack's loss to Wake Forest.

Coach Sidney Lowe said Monday that the junior forward will practice and will travel to Arizona for Wednesday's game, but won't play.

After Sunday night's 67-59 loss in Winston-Salem, Smith told reporters that the officiating crew called too many "touch fouls" and "favored Wake Forest all the way."

In a statement issued by the school the next day, Smith apologized and said he "was caught up in the heat of the moment."

Smith, who averages nearly 18 points, had 11 points and 10 rebounds but was in foul trouble most of the night, fouling out with 5:28 remaining.


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  • by Mustang Location: midstate on Dec 23, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    Why do you think the heels lost in Texas last week? What is "good Defense" in Chapel Hill is a foul in the rest of the country!
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Dec 22, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    I'm not a State fan, but I don't see the harm in what the player said. Wasn't there an NFL player recently fined for the same thing? We all know that officials make questionable calls. Some even admit to it after the fact. But don't you dare tell them they're wrong, lol.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2009 at 12:18 AM
    Truth hurts. I've seen so many one sided called games it's not even funny. If a game is called badly and the ref's are called out, review the game footage and repremand the officals if it is indeed the case. Freedom of speech? Hardly.
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