Reactions to Tom O’Brien’s firing Sunday

November 25, 2012 

What they’re tweeting

Reactions to Tom O’Brien’s firing Sunday:

“Football coach Tom O’Brien out at N.C. State”

– Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio)

N&O’s N.C. State beat writer

“TOB’s downfall was probably the onesided loss to UVa in Raleigh. Yow had the look of “what the heck?” after game”

Caulton Tudor


N&O columnist

“Tom O’Brien is out at NC State, and on his Wolfpack career tombstone it reads simply, “He punted to Gio.””

Adam Lucas


Tar Heel Monthly

“Tudor: Nov. 3 loss to Virginia probably sealed O’Brien’s fate at NC State.”

– ACC Now (@accnow)

“Tom O’Brien ran a clean program, competed with honor and represented NC State well — in sharp relief to his predecessor.”

Luke DeCock


N&O columnist

“Tom O’Brien is among the most honorable men I’ve encountered in 30 years of covering intercollegiate athletics. #ACC”

David Teel


Newport News Daily Press

“N.C. State has fired Tom O’Brien, so now we get the annual Wolfpack dreams about Bill Cowher. Please.”

– Tony Barnhart (@Mr.CFB)

CBS Sports

“Whoa. Did not see that coming.”

Stewart Mandel


Sports Illustrated

“Seventh coaching change under Yow, sixth firing. Swimming and diving coach Brooks Teal resigned.”

Luke DeCock


N&O columnist

“Yow: I met with all the coaches & support staff and told them #TOB and i agree on goals of the program, Just don’t agree on how to get there.”

– N.C. State football (@PackFootball)

“Yow: “I had very high hopes in this particular year, as did coach O’Brien, and ultimately made the choice to make the change.” ”

– Pack Pride (@PackPride)

“I think N.C. State saw the future with Tom O’Brien — a future of 7-5 Belk Bowl seasons. Can’t say TOB didn’t get a shot to make things work.”

Matt Zemek


Columnist, College Football News

“This was the year that lined up for a run at 10-2. Which is why we are where we are.”

Luke DeCock


N&O columnist

“Can we go ahead and get a statement from Mike Patrick, Seth Davis, Gregg Doyel on what idiots we are for running off Tom O’Brien?”

– Owen Good (@owengood)

Sports columnist

“He got Yow’d! RT @tyduffy: Tom O’Brien got fired? Really? Bowl game and a huge upset not enough at N.C. State?”

Jason McIntyre



“By the way, w NC State dismissing Tom O’Brien, #Duke’s David Cutcliffe is now your longest-tenured triangle coach. Just got a new deal, too”

Laura Keeley


N&O’s Duke beat writer

“Darrell Hazell (Kent State) will be on a lot of lists.”

Caulton Tudor


N&O columnist

“Black Sunday begins. #NCState coach Tom O’Brien and #Auburn coach Gene Chizik are fired”

Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach)


“Crazy seeing the extreme difference of opinions from the people who actually played/worked for TOB vs. the spectators who think they know.”

– Amanda Dinkel


N.C. State student, football assistant

“If you don’t think state should have fired TOB, tell me this: do you want them to hire a guy just like him? bet you don’t.”

Bomani Jones


ESPN, radio host

“Everyone only looks up in situations like TOB. They think they can always get better. No one remembers it’s always easier to get worse.”

Michael Felder


Reporter for Bleacher Report

“N.C. State will use Parker Executive in football coaching search”

– Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio)

N&O’s N.C. State beat writer

“Yow also ruled out Vandy’s James Franklin. Said he was a friend but Franklin was building something ’special’ at Vandy”

– Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio)

N&O’s N.C. State beat writer

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