NC State coach has no regrets about accusing the Tigers of cheating
NC State head coach Dave Doeren does not regret the way he handled “Laptop Gate” following fourth-ranked Clemson’s win over the 23rd-ranked Wolfpack last Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.
Following the game, Doeren asked for an investigation on if the Clemson coaching staff was using technology on their sideline to help aid in the victory. Prior to his post-game press conference, Doeren was shown a picture of someone wearing Clemson gear working on a laptop on the Tigers’ sideline.
“I would like that to be investigated,” Doeren said. “Maybe they were not doing anything, but I was told it is illegal to have technology on the sideline. So I would like to know that as well.”
Clemson had a simple explanation for what happened after the game. A member of the Clemson social media department was working on content for the athletic communication’s social media accounts. However, during his Tuesday press conference, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney let it be known he was not happy with the way Doeren handled the situation or by attacking his program’s integrity.
Doeren did not apologize for the way he made Swinney feel, and when asked during Wednesday’s ACC Coaches Teleconference if he regretted the way he handled the matter, the NC State coach said, “No.”
“Look, I’m not a politically correct guy,” he continued. “I coach with a lot of passion and our kids play with it. He does the same thing, and at the end of the game, when you lose a game that has conference championship implications on it, sometimes things are going to be said … I don’t think it is a big deal. I really don’t, so I’m going to move on and I’m sure he will, too. He has a big game this week.”
But Swinney did think it was a big deal. And he wasn’t too happy about it on Tuesday. He also said, at the time, he had not heard from Doeren.
“It is disappointing because it was kind of a challenge to our integrity,” the Clemson coach said. “Then you watch the tape … two years ago we go up there and one of the coaches pushes Deshaun Watson. And this year, we have some guy taking a swat at K’Von (Wallace).
“What if he breaks a finger? So I think the investigation needs to be managing his sideline and not worry about ours.
“I didn’t get a call! I didn’t get a call.”
Doeren said he heard Swinney’s comments about the investigation in regards to the stolen towels, the drones and how he needs to handle his own sideline.
“I think college football is a lot of fun,” Doeren said while trying to be funny. “I really do. We don’t have a drone, but I am going to send some towels over to Dabo. We’re good. It is in the past. We’re looking forward to playing Boston College.”
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