'No Clue At All': NC State head coach shreds NCAA over Holiday Bowl ruling
After making the trip out west for the Holiday Bowl, NC State will not get the chance to finish its season with a bowl game. After some back and forth in an attempt to find a replacement team for the Wolfpack, the bowl was finally canceled for good Wednesday afternoon.
With the cancellation came the announcement that the game would be declared a no-contest, a decision that is not sitting well with NC State head coach Dave Doeren. He shredded the decision by the NCAA, saying that it should have been declared a forfeit with NC State taking home the win.
Doeren pointed to the criteria implemented by the College Football Playoff should a team prove unable to play due to COVID:
“The NCAA stands for No Clue At All in my opinion. I don’t really care what they say about it,” explained Doeren. “As far as I’m concerned, we did beat them, they didn’t get to the field. You can say whatever you want, but you look at the College Football Playoff definition of what’s gonna happen, that team is forfeiting.”
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
— Pack Pride (@PackPride) December 29, 2021
One reason for Doeren’s insistence on NC State receiving credit for a win could be related to his contract bonuses. According to figures shared by Stewart Mandel with The Athletic, Doeren would net $50,000 added onto his performance bonus if NC State finished the year with 10 wins.
Why is Doeren be so adamant that the Holiday Bowl gets counted as a forfeit for UCLA?
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— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 30, 2021