NC State Fires Tom O’Brien
By Matthew Osborne
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NC State will be coached by offensive coordinator Dana Bible through the conclusion of its bowl game.
According to a release from the NC State athletic department, Tom O’Brien has been fired as the head coach of the Wolfpack, effective immediately.
NC State, which went 7-5 this season to qualify for its third consecutive bowl game, will be coached by offensive coordinator Dana Bible through the conclusion of the bowl game.
O’Brien, who came to Raleigh from Boston College prior to the start of the 2007 season, was hired at NC State thanks in large part to his remarkable level of consistency throughout his coaching career.
Unfortunately for the Wolfpack faithful, O’Brien’s tenure in Raleigh was mired by its consistent mediocrity.
In his six seasons at the school, O’Brien never finished with less than five wins, but also never managed to lead the Wolfpack to double-digit victories in a single season. Overall, O’Brien leaves NC State with a 40-35 record, including just a 22-26 mark in conference play.
"I appreciate the opportunity to have coached at North Carolina State University and I feel that the program is in a better place now than when I started," O'Brien said in a statement. "I'm proud of the young men that I have coached here, for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.”
Athletic director Debbie Yow will begin an immediate search to find a successor to O’Brien in Raleigh.