NC State fires O'Brien

The Sports Xchange
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North Carolina State announced Sunday that it fired coach Tom O'Brien.
The firing happened a day after the Wolfpack beat his former team, Boston College, 27-10.
"Coach O'Brien's service to NC State over the last six years has been sincerely appreciated by Wolfpack Nation," athletic director Debbie Yow said in a statement. "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."
Under O'Brien, the Wolfpack compiled a 40-35 record, 22-26 in the ACC.
"I appreciate the opportunity to have coached at North Carolina State University and I feel that the program is in a better place now than when I started," O'Brien said in a statement. "I'm proud of the young men that I have coached here, for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom. Wolfpack football is as sound academically as it's ever been with a (single year) APR of 990 to be reported this spring. I appreciate all of my coaches and wish them the best and I look forward to life after football."
O'Brien will be paid at least $1.2 million for the next three years before his contract expires.
O'Brien also coached at Boston College from 1997-2006.
Offensive coordinator Dana Bible will coach the Wolfpack (7-5) in its bowl game.
The school will immediately search for a new coach. NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk speculated that Vanderbilt coach James Franklin will be a candidate. He was Maryland's offensive coordinator under Ralph Friedgen when Yow was the school's athletic director. Franklin was being groomed as the Terrapins' next coach before he took the job at Vanderbilt.

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