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North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren apologized to Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher on Tuesday for suggesting the Seminoles were faking injuries to slow the Wolfpack's up-tempo offense. Doeren's comments came after NC State came close to beating the reigning national champions on Saturday.

By SI Wire
September 30, 2014

North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren apologized to Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher on Tuesday for suggesting the Seminoles were faking injuries to slow the Wolfpack's up-tempo offense.

Doeren's comments came after NC State came close to beating the reigning national champions on Saturday. NC State led 24-7 after the first quarter, but Florida State scored 21 points in the second half to win their 20th consecutive game.

NC State posted Doeren's apology on the the football team's Twitter account.

"I have apologized to Jimbo Fisher & want to apologize to his staff, players & FSU fans for my comments that took away from from a tremendous football game. I left an emotional locker room & took those emotions with me to the press conference. It was a great college football game with tremendous plays made by both teams. That is where the focus deserves to be. I have the utmost respect for Jimbo, his staff and players. FSU played a great game and earned the win."

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On Monday, Fisher responded to Doeren's original comments, saying, "I accuse him of not knowing what he's talking about."

Both teams entered Saturday's game undefeated. NC State's loss is its ninth-straight conference defeat.

NC State goes on the road to play Clemson on Saturday. Florida plays Wake Forest at home.

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