Kickoff: Chuck Amato Audio

HOT SPRINGS, VA -– NC State Wolfpack head coach Chuck Amato met the media today at the ACC Kickoff. Here's the audio from Amato's meeting with the media.

Chuck Amato Audio (30:15)

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What's the most important thing that has to happen for your team to be successful?
If we can play defense, even 80% as good as we did a year ago, and win the turnover margin, nothing else can matter.

With Mario Williams, are you dealing with a guy that you may not have [in 2006]?
They said that about Philip [Rivers]... they said that about Torry [Holt]. Those two guys have their numbers on the stadium, and they stayed for four years. It helped both of them.

There's a lot that can happen in the next five months, and Mario's still a young man. He just turned 20 a few months ago.

He started to come into his own towards the end of last year. He's still learning how to play the game, and I don't mean that as a slight. That's a positive.

What do you think about expansion now that the team is up to 12 teams?
Look here, it's the largest media number ever and a lot of them from all over the country. It shows that people are taking notice of Atlantic Coast Conference football... not that they shouldn't have before.

It has done what we've wanted to accomplish, and now there are three leagues that have a championship game.

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