NC State fires Tom O’Brien

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

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.

Monday Morning Fodder

The NCAA will announce the punishment for UNC football today at 3pm.

Great weekend for college basketball fans. Brackets are set, madness begins on Tuesday with the First Four, second round begins on Thursday.

Congratulations to Florida State, 2012 ACC Tournament Champions. First ever ACC Tournament win for the Seminoles. Championship game came down to the last possession as they held off UNC 85-82.

Some ACC Tournament history was made as Leonard Hamilton became the first African-American coach to win the ACC Tournament. Not a bad year for the ACC Coach of the Year. Seminoles beat both of “The Blues” twice and were undefeated in the state of North Carolina.

More about the Brackets after the jump…

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Monday Morning Fodder – February 20, 2012

Another Monday is upon us, and this one is a holiday.  Remember when people used to get President’s Day as a paid holiday?  While those days are long gone, the days of me bitching about sports are not.  Hit the jump for my thoughts on the ACC’s weekend action, and my take on the Karl Hess situation. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder — February 20, 2012

Monday Morning Fodder – January 9th, 2012

That’s right, people.  Monday Morning Fodder is back and better than ever.  With a huge sports weekend in the books, it’s time to reset the past two days of action.  Hit the jump for NFL Wild Card and ACC opening weekend coverage. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder — January 9th, 2012

Stories of the Year

So what sports stories, events, games, scandals and other happenings stick out in your mind from 2011? There are plenty of things to choose from, here are some  of the headliners from the Big 3, the ACC, and outside the ACC.  That is the thing with sports and being a sports fan, there is always something happening…

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NC State Tells Eric Leak to Stay Away

Back on the 12th of November we found out that Calvin Leslie was suspended three games for impermissible benefits.  There was another former Pack player who was on the books for taking $1,349.  Hit the jump to find out it was Tracy Smith (and to get some details). Continue reading NC State Tells Eric Leak to Stay Away

“Basketball Day”, Coaching Legends Honored


from Joe Mazur, wtvd

Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, and Kay Yow were honored by the Naismith International Basketball Foundation with Naismith Good Sportsmanship Awards at a ceremony in Raleigh.   Smith, made a rare public appearance, was escorted on stage by Roy Williams and sat next to Coach K and one of his former players, Charles Scott.  Williams spoke on Coach Smith’s behalf.

Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who was presented by Assistant Coach Steve Wojciechowski, is entering his 37th season as a head coach with 900 wins — two shy of matching Bob Knight for the most by a Division I men’s coach. He spoke about how when the “young guns” of coaches came into the ACC, himself, Jim Valvano, and Bobby Cremins, they all tried to copy and emulate Smith.

N.C. State Athletic Director Debbie Yow spoke about her sister Kay Yow, and how “winning the right way” was so important to her. Kay Yow had 737 career wins as a head coach, and like Smith and Krzyzewski, she also coached Team USA to gold medals in the Olympics.

Many former UNC, NC State and Duke basketball players were on hand for the event.

More photos from the event can be seen here.

Yow Gott Her Man

Gottfried already has a coveted Red Jacket

It has been a few weeks now since Debbie Yow hired one Mark Gottfried to be the new men’s head basketball coach at NC State University.  At first, everyone was surprised, if not shocked by the hire.  No one expected Gottfried to be the guy.  Anyone that says they did is not being intellectually honest.  Not me, not Nino, not the guys at,, or any of the national media saw this coming.  No-bah-dee.  At first, I was not sure what to think, other than “at least I know who he is.”  Now that the dust is settling, it is time to give some perspective.  Hit the jump if you feel like it. Continue reading Yow Gott Her Man

Listen All to Yow It’s A Sabotage!

Yow can’t stand it, she knows Gary Planned it! Wow. This is just all too good. After introducing Mark Gottfried as NC State’s new men’s basketball coach on Tuesday, Debbie Yow accused Gary Williams of interfering with the search. Now I had heard some rumblings about this but I was shocked that Yow came right out and said it publicly. I believe it was Jerrod Brooks who asked the question to Yow about being hard to work with and Yow’s response was:

 “I don’t have a reputation across all men’s basketball of being difficult to work with. I have a reputation of not getting along with Gary Williams, who has tried to sabotage the search. Come on. We all know that, okay?” Yow said. “It’s not a reputation, its Gary Williams out there doing his thing.”

 Shots fired! But who really shot first? It’s widely known that Debbie Yow and Gary Williams had a strained relationship while she was the AD at Maryland. From what I understand she tried to get Williams bought out for the handling of a former recruit. It’s also known tensions rose within the athletic dept. over a decline in revenue sports as she attempted the same buy out move on Ralph Friiedgen.

Either way Gary Williams shot back:

“I haven’t talked to anyone — coach or athletic director — connected to the N.C. State search. I don’t have any interest in the N.C. State search, since I’m coaching at Maryland and working hard to run our program. Anyone who says I’ve had contact with a prospective coach or athletic director regarding this search isn’t being truthful.”

 What happens next? Will Debbie Yow unleash Gregg Doyle on Gary Williams? It seems Doyle is already off the chain. But word on the tweet is there may be an article coming to a medium near you detailing Gary’s dirty deeds.

What could it be, it’s a mirage?  Gary’s scheming on the Pack – that’s sabotage!

Debbie Yow Sends Letter to Wolfpack Club

With yesterday’s complete decimation of the NC State wish list for a head basketball coach, we are all left to wonder what, or who, will be next.  Shaka Smart, staying at VCU (for a lot less money).  Greg Marshall, staying at Wichita State.  Mick Cronin, staying at Cincy.  All within several hours of each other.  This left me to wonder if Yow had found her man and was telling people thanks but no thanks.  Then she sends out a letter to the Wolfpack Club.  Hit the jump for the full text and my thoughts.  Be forewarned, I’m a little long winded in this one. Continue reading Debbie Yow Sends Letter to Wolfpack Club