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Taking back Tobacco Road

Mark Gottfried has resurrected NC State basketball

Updated: November 1, 2012, 5:05 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

MARK GOTTFRIED MINGLES. Gliding through his own backyard, the basketball coach shakes hands, passes out beers and talks hoops -- North Carolina State-by-god Wolfpack hoops. His guests, for the first time in a long time, are drinking up their pride in the Pack program with as much enthusiasm as they throw back the beer. It has been a while. Not since they've had a drink but since they've been able to discuss State basketball without apologies, excuses and then a drink. ...

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