NC State coach Dave Doeren rips NCAA for not recognizing Holiday Bowl forfeit
NC State coach Dave Doeren is not happy with the NCAA.
The Wolfpack was set to face UCLA in the Holiday Bowl this week, but the Bruins withdrew from the bowl just hours before kickoff on Tuesday due to COVID-19. That decision prevented NC State from having an opportunity to achieve its 10th win of the season on the field.
However, NC State was presented with the Holiday Bowl trophy and said it would count the game as a forfeit — and therefore as a 10th win in its record books. After the NCAA announced it would not recognize the “win” in its record books, Doeren went off.
“The NCAA stands for No Clue At All in my opinion,” Doeren said. “I don’t really care what they say about it. For our guys, we took a roster of guys down there, had zero COVID issues. Practiced every day, did everything right, and didn’t get a chance to play the game. As far as I’m concerned, we did beat them. They couldn’t even get to the field.”
Doeren also noted that teams who are unable to compete in the College Football Playoff due to COVID-19 will be forced to forfeit.
“You can say whatever you want, but if you look at the College Football Playoff definition, what’s going to happen if that happens in one of their games, that team is forfeiting,” Doeren said. “So I feel like we’re following the same guidelines that those bowl games are going to follow.”
Here’s video of his full comments:
Dave Doeren (@StateCoachD) on the NCAA not ruling the Holiday Bowl as a forfeit: “The NCAA stands for No Clue At All in my opinion. I don't really care what they say about it.” pic.twitter.com/SYjD5J3Tq4
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This would have been NC State’s second 10-win season in school history. The last such campaign came in 2002, and NC State has won nine games four times since then — with three of them coming under Doeren.