Web Run: 'Firing O'Brien was right move'

Web Run: 'Firing O'Brien was right move'

Debbie Yow made the right move. Some will question it, but now it's up to her to make it pay off.

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Firing O'Brien was right move
Sean Clark Leonard * Shelby Star
Debbie Yow made the right move.

Some will question it, but now it's up to her to make it pay off.

In firing sixth-year N.C. State football coach Tom O'Brien after a 7-5 campaign and a fourth season in five years that will end in a bowl, the Wolfpack athletic director certainly invited criticism from some within her own fan base and likely many more who weren't close to the situation.

But those who have watched the program closely over the past two years know that the production on the field simply hasn't matched the talent or resources of N.C. State football.
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Philosophical differences, unfulfilled expectations led to TOB's dismissal
Wilmington Star News
Athletic director Debbie Yow didn't want to be pinned down on when she made the decision to replace Tom O'Brien as N.C. State's football coach.

It might have been after the fourth quarter collapse at North Carolina on Oct. 27. More likely, the beginning of the end came two weeks later when the Wolfpack laid a homecoming egg against a Virginia team that had lost its previous six games.
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ACC Bowl Partners:

Bowl City Date Time TV Match-Up
Orange Bowl Miami Jan. 1 8:30 pm ESPN ACC vs At Large
Chick-fil-A Bowl Atlanta Dec. 31 7:30 pm ESPN ACC 2 vs. SEC 5
Russell Athletic Bowl Orlando Dec. 28 5:30 pm ESPN Big East 2 vs. ACC 3
Hyundai Sun Bowl El Paso Dec. 31 2:00 pm CBS ACC 4 vs. Pac-12 4
Belk Bowl Charlotte Dec. 27 6:30 pm ESPN Big East 3 vs. ACC 5
Music City Bowl Nashville Dec. 31 12:00 pm ESPN ACC 6 vs. SEC 7
Independence Bowl Shreveport Dec. 28 1:00 pm ESPN SEC 10 vs. ACC 7

Bowl Projections

Russell Athletic: NC State vs Lousiville
Frank Schwab * Yahoo Sports

Chick-fil-A: NC State vs South Carolina
Mark Schlabach * ESPN

Belk: NC State vs Cincinnati
Brad Edwards * ESPN

Russell Athletic: Louisville vs. North Carolina State
Tyler Waddell * Fan IQ

Music City Bowl: NC State
Heather Dinich * ESPN.com

Russell Athletic: NC State vs Lousiville

Sun: N.C. State vs. Washington

Belk: N.C. State vs. Cincinnati
Orlando Sentinel

Belk Bowl: NC State vs Cincinnati

Russell Athletic: NC State vs Cincinnati


(As Of November 25)
School Conference Pct. Overall Pct.
Clemson 7-1 .875 10-2 .833
Florida State 7-1 .875 10-2 .833
NC State 4-4 .500 7-5 .583
Wake Forest 3-5 .375 5-7 .417
Maryland 2-6 .250 4-8 .333
Boston College 1-7 .125 2-10 .167
School Conference Pct. Overall Pct.
North Carolina 5-3 .625 8-4 .667
Miami 5-3 .625 7-5 .583
Georgia Tech 5-3 .625 6-6 .500
Virginia Tech 4-4 .500 6-6 .500
Duke 3-5 .375 6-6 .500
Virginia 2-6 .250 4-8 .333


(As Of November 25)
School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Duke 0-0 .000 6-0 1.000
Virginia Tech 0-0 .000 5-0 1.000
North Carolina 0-0 .000 5-1 .833
Clemson 0-0 .000 4-1 .800
Florida State 0-0 .000 4-1 .800
Georgia Tech 0-0 .000 4-1 .800
Maryland 0-0 .000 4-1 .800
NC State 0-0 .000 4-1 .800
Miami 0-0 .000 3-1 .750
Virginia 0-0 .000 4-2 .667
Wake Forest 0-0 .000 3-2 .600
Boston College 0-0 .000 2-4 .333

Gravley: Yow needed change to reach goals

Web Chat: NC State's next steps after firing TOB

Yow Press Conference

NC State players and fans react to firing of Tom O'Brien

NC State's Tom O'Brien Relieved Of Duties
ACC Digital Network

Heather Dinich explains why NC State fired head coach Tom O'Brien

Mark Thomas on the firing of Tom O'Brien
WRAL SportsFan

Video Highlights: Kyle Washington
Josh Gershon * Scout.com

"If we're going to challenge the upper-echelon teams we need to recruit at a higher level than we have the last couple of years. You look at our facilities and we should be able to attract top recruits. We may not have the greatest facilities in the country but we have top-25 facilities... Tom O'Brien is an honorable man who had a strong disciplinary program and brought no embarrassment to the school. While I admire what he has done, he did not meet the expectations Debbie (Yow) set out of being a top 25 program consistently. I just hope we can find someone who can bring us ACC championships."

- Wendell Murphy

O'Brien Will Not Return
NC State Athletics Realease

TOB dismissed as N.C. State football coach
Brett Friedlander * Wilmington Star News

Philosophical differences, unfulfilled expectations led to TOB's dismissal
Brett Friedlander * Wilmington Star News

Mediocrity undoes Tom O'Brien
Heather Dinich * ESPN.com

N.C. State fires O'Brien after six seasons
Andrew Jones * FoxSports.com

O'Brien fired as N.C. State football coach
JP Giglio * News & Observer

Nov. 3 loss to Virginia probably sealed O'Brien's fate
Caulton Tudor * News & Observer

No hint to team that O'Brien job was in jeopardy
Chip Alexander * News & Observer

Yow's culture change continues
Luke DeCock * News & Observer

N.C. State fans ready to move on after Tom O'Brien's dismisal
Andrew Kenney * News & Observer

Twitter Reactions to Tom O'Brien's firing Sunday
News & Observer

Highlights and lowlights Tom O'Brien's career at N.C. State
News & Observer

NC State fires O'Brien after 6 seasons
Aaron Beard * Associated Press

Realistic Expectations Versus Moving On:Tom O'Brien Gets The Ax
Matt Haley * Keeping It Heel

Thoughts On The TOB Era As It Comes To A Close
Riddick and Reynolds

Firing O'Brien was right move
Clark Leonard * Shelby Star

Timeline of Tom O'Brien at NC State

Thoughts On The Firing Of Tom O'Brien
Jim Young * ACCSports.com

O'Brien fired after nail-biting season
Jeniece Jamison & Daniel Neal * Technician

Farewell, TOB. We'll miss you

Coaching Search
BIG BOARD: Six To Watch
James Henderson * Pack Pride

Possible coaching candidates for N.C. State
Charlotte Observer

NC State to target Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris
Pete Roussel * CoachingSearch.com

NC State parts ways with O'Brien, who could be next?

NC State Head Coaching Search
Nothing on Purpose Blog

Week ahead: NC State-Michigan, North Carolina-Indiana kick off challenge
Mike DeCourcy * Sporting News

ACC set for basketball's Big Ten Challenge
Andrew Carter * News & Observer

Michigan Watch
Michigan Basketball

Michigan Roster


Season Box Score

Hardaway's MVP Effort Leads U-M to First NIT Season Tip-Off Title

5 previous Big Ten-ACC Challenge appearances for Michigan
Nick Meyer * Detroit Free Press

Michigan to Take on North Carolina State This Week
Trevor Lowry * Rant Sports

NC State Volleyball Earns First NCAA Berth Since 1987

NC State Volleyball returns to NCAA tournament
Jeniece Jamison * Technician

NC State Falls 76-72 to UNI in Las Vegas Finale

December 8, 2012: Anya vs Meeks
2012 National High School Hoops Festival

Video Highlights: Kyle Washington
Josh Gershon * Scout.com

Pack Battling Tigers, Heels For Gibson
Steve Williams * Pack Pride

Frank Spaziani out at Boston College
Andrea Adelson * ESPN.com

Boston College Football: List Of 2013 Head Coaching Candidates
Brian Favat * BC Interruption

Six things to remember during the BC coaching search
Eagle in Atlanta

ACC football championship: Florida State vs. Georgia Tech
Charlotte Observer

ACC set for basketball's Big Ten Challenge
Andrew Carter * News & Observer

Clemson 59, Marist 44
The Associated Press

Bryant 56, Boston College 54
The Associated Press

Georgia Tech 65, Saint Mary's (Cal) 56
The Associated Press

ACC talking expansion...Is there room for 16 teams?
Jeremy Fowler * CBS Sports

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