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September 15, 2012
NC State locker room notebook
Coach Tom O'Brien
The big news coming out of the NC State coach's time with the media was the status of starting running back Mustafa Greene, who was suspended for the game.
O'Brien had said earlier in the week that he wouldn't go the whole season with three running backs - James Washington and Tony Creecy being the other two - in the rotation, and that the players would eventually separate themselves.
"He forfeited his right to stand up and take the job, so we'll go with the other two guys," O'Brien said. "I don't have any comment on his status going forward. He's still on the team."
The coach opened his media availability by saying that he was satisfied with his team's victory. He specifically said he liked how his team played for three quarters, but was not a big fan of their play in the final frame.
"I wasn't real excited about the way we played the fourth quarter, but we tried to get some guys in the game that had not been in to get them some playing time," he said. "We gave up a score and a big play, stuff we can't do. It's a victory and we'll move on, get ready to play next week against Citadel.
"As I told them in the locker room, to have as much experience as we do, we're still an immature team and do some dumb things when we should be able to get control of the game. Give South Alabama credit, they kept playing and kept playing hard."
O'Brien also noted how nice it was to play at home and said that he was told that NC State had the highest number of students request tickets in the history of the school.
"I think there was a lot of enthusiasm," he said. "When we left here at 1:00 after our walk-through, I've never seen traffic like there was with people waiting to get in the parking lot. It was great that we got this enthusiasm built up, it was good to come and it was good to win a football game."