North Carolina State announced on Sunday that they are parting ways with Coach Tom O'Brien. The Wolfpack were 7-5 this season, not an embarrassment by any stretch, but apparently too much for NC State athletic director Debbie Yow.
Oh...and maybe the fan base who apparently believes the Wolfpack should be a much better team than that. To which we would respond...really?
O'Brien had been at NC State for the past six years and his contract goes for another 2-years. The school owes him $1.5 million for each of those seasons.
The school did release a statement which you can read RIGHT HERE
This one just strikes us as making a move for the sake of making a move. So, maybe O'Brien is older and hasn't made the Wolfpack a "National Power", but they play in the ACC which really doesn't have one of those. They are a solid mid-to upper level ACC team and perhaps, if they find the right guy, they can move to the top.
We...and everyone else...will see.
UPDATE:According to OSG Sources in Raleigh, Debbie Yow would like to hire Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin. When Yow was athletic director at Maryland she had named Franklin head coach in waiting. Those same sources tell OSG Sports that Vanderbilt might up the ante on Franklin to stay with the Commodores.
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is described as a “strong candidate” for the job.There are reports that Washington State head coach Mike Leach has already been contacted by NC State. OSG sources could not confirm that.