NC St.’s Doeren, Smith excellent after trading barbs
Oct 30, 2023, 03:47 PM ET
It sounds like North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren and retired NFL star receiver Steve Smith Sr. are all good.Doeren said Monday throughout his weekly news conference that Smith texted him a congratulations video after the Wolfpack beat Clemson, which Doeren had actually welcomed him to see a future game from the sideline. That came 2 days after Doeren had a testy reaction to Smith’s discuss ESPN’s College GameDay throughout the pregame-picks segment that N.C. State was “regrettably … waiting for basketball to begin.” “Inform Steve Smith in the studio that this ain’t a basketball school. He can kiss my ass,”Doeren told the postgame sideline reporter from The CW before strolling off.Doeren said he valued Smith connecting, stating they had “a terrific conversation”and called him “an incredible guy.””Because minute, I felt like I was protecting my group. I was bugged by it, “Doeren stated, adding with a chuckle:” I don’t know, in some cases things just take place.” Smith was in Charlotte on Sunday for the Carolina Panthers’game versus the
Houston Texans and told a press reporter with WTVD-TV from Durham about Doeren’s sideline invitation.Smith, a Pro Bowler who invested much of his career with the Panthers and operates in broadcasting, just recently got in a squabble with Denver Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy and later on apologized.N.C. State beat Clemson 24-17 and hosts Miami on Saturday night.