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"I was fortunate enough to make two trips to the Final Four with Coach [Rick] Pitino. When you get to this point, you do what you do. It's not the time to be making wholesale changes." - Herb Sendek

"I'm busy coaching our team right now. I really am. But I've been grateful all along to the main people that have been unwavering in their support. There have been so many people who have ... been by our side through thick and thin, and to those people I am exceptionally grateful." - Herb Sendek

"In the middle of the season, there were some different things being said. Not everything was positive, but now it seems like everything is going right. And now the bandwagon is crazy. Everybody's on the bandwagon. That right there is enough motivation to keep going, just to continue to prove the naysayers wrong." - Julius Hodge

"Coach handled the criticism better than anyone I ever saw. He's the coach of the year, and to have that scrutiny and criticism come down on him was really hurtful. He's a strong guy, though, and he showed us we could be strong too if we worked hard to get through it." - Julius Hodge

March rejuvenates Hodge, N.C. State
Andy Gardiner * USA TODAY
North Carolina State will play in its first Sweet 16 since 1989 in large measure because Julius Hodge is a man of his word. Hodge was the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year as a junior last season but passed up the NBA draft because he had promised his mother, Mary, he would not leave college before earning his degree. Read More

Hodge's enthusiasm no act
Alan Schmadtke * Orlando Sentinel
If it seems as if North Carolina State has been sitting back in the Atlantic Coast Conference's coach section while North Carolina, Duke and, occasionally, Wake Forest send NCAA Tournament regards from first class, well, it has. Read More

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