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Web Run: Life after No. 24

Julius Hodge strolled through the hallway of the Carrier Dome after his final press conference, dodging a few trailing reporters and ducking into the N.C. State locker, where he would take off his No. 24 jersey -- and never put it on again. <p><small><b>Other featured stories for 3/28:</b></small> <li><a href="http://cbs.sportsline.com/collegebasketball/story/8333154" target=blank><b>Elite Eight, 2005: It doesn't get any better than this </b></a>

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Life after No. 24
Austin Johnson * Technician
Julius Hodge strolled through the hallway of the Carrier Dome after his final press conference, dodging a few trailing reporters and ducking into the N.C. State locker, where he would take off his No. 24 jersey -- and never put it on again. In past years following tough losses, Hodge would hang his head and sometimes openly question coaching decisions. It's always been hard for the Harlem native to keep his emotions in check when games go wrong. But following State's 65-56 loss to Wisconsin in the Regional Semifinals Friday night, the maturity Hodge has talked about so much during his final year was on full display. Read More

Elite Eight, 2005: It doesn't get any better than this
Dennis Dodd * SportsLine.com
Try to make your first Final Four in 27 years better than this past weekend's action. Betcha can't even come close. Four regional finals -- three of them decided in overtime -- made us sweat out the closest collective results to get to basketball's promised land since 1979. Read More



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