After finishing up the regular season with a 27-10 win over Boston College, NC State fired head coach Tom O’Brien. Here is the official statement from GoPack.com.
NC State Athletic Director Debbie Yow stated: Coach O’Brien’s service to NC State over the last six years has been sincerely appreciated by Wolfpack Nation.” “We especially appreciate his attention toward NCAA rules compliance, a value that will continue to be held by NC State. We wish him well in future pursuits.
O’Brien was 40-35 in his six seasons with the program, but just 22-26 in ACC play. O’Brien’s contract runs through December 2015, and the school will owe him roughly $1.2 million spread over the next three years. Offensive coordinator Dana Bible will serve as interim coach.
Debbie Yow also said that “Coach O’Brien and I agree on the goal of becoming a Top 25 program, we just don’t agree on what it takes to get there,” A decline in ticket sales was also a factor in NC State deciding to go in a different direction with the football program.
“We’ve lost over 1,000 season ticket holders in the last year, I have to say that matters some in the direction of the program.”
So who will be next for NC State? Any thoughts, gut feelings, dream list of coaches. Also, Boston College fired Frank Spaziani and Auburn fired head coach Gene Chizik, just two years after winning a national championship.