Tom OBrien is going back to his first ACC stop, and taking Jon Tenuta with him.
Virginia hired OBrien, the former N.C. State coach, and Tenuta on Thursday and saved N.C. State about $1.4 million in the process.
OBrien, who was dismissed by N.C. State on Nov. 25 after going 40-35 in six seasons, will be the Cavaliers associate head coach, Virginia announced Thursday night. Tenuta, who was N.C. States linebackers coach the past three seasons, will be the Cavaliers defensive coordinator.
OBrien was an assistant at Virginia for 15 seasons before becoming Boston Colleges head coach in 1997.
N.C. State saved $1 million on OBriens buyout and another $403,348 with Tenuta. OBrien finalized his buyout on Thursday, which allowed him to make the move to Mike Londons staff. London previously worked for OBrien as an assistant at Boston College.
Under the original terms of the buyout in OBriens contract, he was not allowed to take another ACC job until the end of the 2015 season and he was owed $1.2 million.
N.C. State agreed to give OBrien a $200,000 payout, and his noncompete clause was waived, according to a statement released by N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow.
We wish Coach OBrien well in the future and appreciate his contributions to N.C. State Athletics, Yow said in the statement.
OBrien, who will make $450,000 per year at UVA plus a $150,000 signing bonus, could not be reached for comment on Thursday. Tenuta agreed to a five-year contract worth $500,000 annually.
OBrien worked as George Welshs assistant at Virginia from 1982 to 1996, the last six seasons as the offensive coordinator, before leaving for Boston College.
London overhauled his staff after a 4-8 record and last-place finish in the Coastal Division in 2012. OBrien and Tenuta, a Virginia grad who has been a defensive coordinator at three other ACC schools, add much-needed experience to Londons staff.
Virginia beat N.C. State 33-6 on Nov. 3, which in part led to OBriens dismissal, but the two schools are not scheduled to meet in 2013 and likely not until the 2016 season, although the addition of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Louisville could change future conference schedules.