Pardon Dave Doeren if he shakes his head when rival ACC coaches complain about playing Thursday night games.
As a veteran of the MAC, Doeren learned that an aspiring program plays any time, any place - whatever TV demands.
"We played on Tuesday and Wednesdays," said Doeren during the ACC coaches' teleconference on Wednesday. "I guess it just depends on where you're at."
Doeren says he's looking forward to the home field atmosphere tonight when he sends his Wolfpack against No. 3 Clemson.
Through the years, Raleigh has been one of the ACC's more frequent Thursday night venues, and he's sensed a high level of excitement among fans over the previous week and a half.
"I haven't been here for a Thursday night game, but from what I understand the people really pack it in," Doeren said. "I'm looking forward to it - everyone has been talking about it in town here for the last 10 days, so I know the people are excited to be here and support the team."
Doeren has a strong understanding of the value of national TV coverage to any program.
"Certainly you enjoy the opportunity to showcase not just the game but both universities I know have a lot of media during commercials talking about their different programs," he said. "You have two great schools competing against each other that are great universities.
"It's a great opportunity. I told our players yesterday, how many times do you get to play where you're one of the only games on TV in front of a sold out crowd against a top ten team. I mean, just relish the moment, enjoy the moment, and really understand how lucky you are to be in that situation and go out there and give everything you have."