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Wolfpack Gears Up For Tangerine Bowl

Posted December 16, 2003 5:30 a.m. EST

— The North Carolina State University football team is gearing up for its fourth consecutive bowl-game appearance.

The Wolfpack leaves this week for Orlando, Fla., where it will play in the Tangerine Bowl against Kansas Dec. 22.

N.C. State will be making its second appearance at the Tangerine Bowl in three seasons. In 2001, the Pack lost to Pittsburgh, 34-19.

Coach Chuck Amato said fans should not be disappointed with the bowl they are going to. He said the football program is on the right track.

"This is the first time that this university has been to four straight bowls," Amato said. "That's exciting in its own right."

Amato said running back T.A. McLendon will play in the game.

There had been speculation that potential legal problems could keep McLendon off the field.

According to court records, McLendon was pulled over in Orange County Oct. 25 and charged with speeding. The 19-year-old also faces charges of driving with alcohol in his system, although he did not receive a DWI.

McLendon has played since the incident. Amato said McLendon will be punished.