In a wide-ranging teleconference with reporters Friday morning, former N.C. State coach Chuck Amato touted the program’s accomplishments during his tenure.
Amato, 49-37 over seven years before he was fired at the end of the 2006 season, will visit N.C. State on Thursday night as a top assistant to Florida State’s Bobby Bowden.
• "When you’re building a program, your won-loss record, we won an average of 49 games over seven years. That’s an average of seven wins a season. That’s a lot of wins now.”
・"I was talking bringing a national championship, and why not? That’s the way it should be. That’s where excitement comes in. It doesn’t happen overnight. If Duke had fired Mike Krzyzewski after the third or fourth year? What a crime.”
• "There were games that came down to the last play that we could have won.
And had we won that Wake Forest game [a 25-23 loss], we may have been the team to represent our division in the conference championship.”
(Note: in 2006, when N.C. State finished 3-9 with seven losses by eight or fewer points).
• "I knew what was wrong. And it would have been fixed. But I’m not one that was going to fix things in the middle of the season. Because I’m not that way. I’ve been around Bobby Bowden too long and being the professional that he is and how he operates, and Lou Holtz, there’s right ways and wrong ways.”
• "I don’t hold grudges, because I love that university and I always will, and I’m just not that kind of a person.”
• "That’s my goal. I will be a head coach [again]. And I feel like there’s going to be a team out there who wants a head coach to lead their program that has been through the wars and has got head coaching experience, has been to bowl games and has averaged seven wins a season in a very difficult league and raised excitement and energy.”