Recruiting may have been the root of the divide between Debbie Yow and Tom O'Brien. It wasn't the only issue, by any means, but Yow made clear--without saying it explicitly--that recruiting philosophy was a major sticking point.
"Coach O’Brien and I agree on the goal of becoming a Top 25 program, we just don’t agree on what it takes to get there," Yow said.
Recruiting acumen will obviously be a factor in this search, as will offensive philosophy. Based on everything that happened Sunday, it appears those two things will be at the forefront in this coaching search. Can he recruit? Is his offense more not boring?
Things are about to be very different around Raleigh. That may cost the program some recruits in its 2013 class; The Wolfpacker's speculates that Matt Dayes, Josh Mercer, Kyrin Priester and Jerod Fernandez are the most likely to look at other options. Priester appears to be on the verge of moving on from NC State.
Tylar Reagan isn't going anywhere, though, and he is trying to rally the rest of State's 2013 class.
The worst news ever wow the head coach and all the position coaches that worked there butt off to get me here are prolly gone this sucks— Tylar Reagan #66 (@Treag66) November 25, 2012
To my 2013 recruiting class we must stay together yea it sucks most of our coaches might be gone but we committed to play for NC State— Tylar Reagan #66 (@Treag66) November 25, 2012
We didn't commit to a certain coach we committed to the program and the university so we have to stand by them and just go out and play ball— Tylar Reagan #66 (@Treag66) November 25, 2012
I can't speak for the rest of my recruiting class but I was raised that when you say your gunna do something you do it I'm 100% committed— Tylar Reagan #66 (@Treag66) November 25, 2012
It's always nice to hear that from a recruit, but no judgment or fault should be extended in the direction of any kid who re-evaluates his options following a coaching change. (I'm looking at you, Twitter.)