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

(@CaultonTudor),

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

(@jadamlucas)

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

(@LukeDeCock)

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

(@DavidTeelatDP)

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

(@simandel)

Sports Illustrated

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

Luke DeCock

(@LukeDeCock)

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

(@MattZemek_CFN)

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

(@LukeDeCock)

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

(@TheBigLead)

Blogger

“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

(@laurakeeley)

N&O’s Duke beat writer

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

Caulton Tudor

(@CaultonTudor)

N&O columnist

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

Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach)

Columnist, ESPN.com

“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

(@ajdinkel)

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

(@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

(@InTheBleachers)

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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