Web Run: 'Hot seat' talk angers Amato

With a new football season close at hand, N.C. State's Chuck Amato is being referred to by some in the media as one of the coaches in the country on the "hot seat" in 2006. Which, in turn, makes Amato a little hot.

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"Why should I? Why should I? Why should I be on a hot seat? You see that stadium? It wasn't there five or six years ago. I think to build a program, you've got to win within the state first. In this state, there's five Division I-A schools. Check the record over the last six years. The second-winningest school in this state has won 30. That's five a year. We're two shy of winning eight a year... we're at 46. Take the other four schools in this state... how many bowls have they been to? Five. What's their record? 1-4. We've been to five. Our record is 4-1. We've got to get the bowls. Then when we get the bowls we've got to get hungry to get to that next big bowl. We had a little taste of it. We were just visiting... I'll be daggone. Somebody in Jacksonville told me this, I didn't know this. Since the Atlantic Coast Conference has been "in," after six seasons, the fourth-winningest coach is [me]. Somebody told me that. I didn't know that. Out of all the coaches to ever coach here. Daggone. After six years I won more games than Tommy Bowden... and more games than... if I'm on one, so be it. I don't know why I should be. Because we're winning... we're going to bowls. We're close. I thought what George Welsh did at the University of Virginia was absolutely awesome. When I got here, he was one of five or six teams in the country that had won seven or more games, I believe ten years in a row. I came one short of being seven or more... had I won one and had a chance to go to a bowl I might have been in that thing after seven years. I think that's awfully good. I look at what's happening. I look at where we're at and where we've come from. I don't know. Do you?" - Chuck Amato responding to the question "Do you feel like you're on the hot seat?"



'Hot seat' talk angers Amato
Chip Alexander * News & Observer
With a new football season close at hand, N.C. State's Chuck Amato is being referred to by some in the media as one of the coaches in the country on the "hot seat" in 2006. Which, in turn, makes Amato a little hot. When asked after practice Monday if he felt like he was on a "hot seat" in his seventh season, Amato quickly replied, "Why should I? No. Why should I?" Amato noted all the improvements to a renovated Carter-Finley Stadium, noting, "That wasn't there five, six years ago." Read More

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In his ongoing quest to keep Andrew Brackman on his roster, new N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe has been polishing his sales pitch. As far as Lowe is concerned, Brackman has all the skills to one day become a solid role player in the NBA, the type of tough and versatile big man that's become a valued commodity at the next level. "A kid that big with his hands and his ability to face up and take shots, NBA scouts are looking for that all the time," Lowe said Monday at the Weisiger-Brown Athletic Complex on campus. "That's one of the reasons you see so many foreign players in the NBA draft now, because we don't have enough guys here that can do the kinds of things Andrew can do. He's a rare breed." Read More



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