AUDIO: Gottfried On Rome

NC State head coach Mark Gottfried was on the Jim Rome Show today to talk about the Wolfpack. Here is audio of Gottfried's interview with Rome.

NC State head coach Mark Gottfried was on the Jim Rome Show today to talk about the Wolfpack. Here is audio of Gottfried's interview with Rome.

Jim Rome: Mark Gottfried Interview (8:20)

"I think it was huge for us, for a lot of reasons. It keeps us alive, we're trying to make the tournament, but it also gives us great confidence. I think when you go on the road and beat a team like Louisville it gives you a great deal of confidence."

"More than anything, it was about a belief. We have a lot of young guys and sometimes they have that look in their eye they can beat anybody and I think sometimes they are just a little bit unsure. We came out against Louisville and had the look that we're going to win. That's something we have to build on."

"[Cat Barber] was phenomenal. He's had four or five games here where he's taken his game to another level."

"I thought he handled it terrific... made grade decisions, and didn't turn it over."

"I call him the Cat Daddy. He has great speed and quickness. He's as fast as anybody in the country. He's such a coachable young guy, there's times he's trying to run the team and be that quarterback and when it happens sometimes I think he doesn't utilize the speed and quickness that he has."

"My thing with him is to turn it loose... it's helped his confidence in such a great way."

"I told him alright big boy here is your chance... late in the game BeeJay said, 'I want him.' We needed that from him."

"I think now we go on the road and beat Louisville it was a different locker room. It was almost business as usual. They were excited."

"I think we're good enough, but that's not always the answer. I tell our team all the time that you earn the right to go, and we have to earn it."

"We have to keep winning and playing our best."

"We have an unbelievable fanbase. We get 19,000 at most every game, and we have a great tradition. Our program was just kind of beat up a little bit. They hadn't won a lot."

"We feel like we've taken some big steps, we just need to keep getting better."

"I have great respect for both coaches and both programs... but at the same time, I didn't come here to play behind them and take a backseat from anybody. We came here to compete, look them eyeball-to-eyeball and say we're coming after them. Now that's a hard challenge because they are very, very good."

"I do agree it needs to be a little faster, but I also don't think it's at any point to push 911. College basketball has great fan attendance and interest around the country."

"I'm not opposed to a 30-second clock to speed the game up, but I think college basketball is pretty fun right now."


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