Tom O'Brien spoke with media members Friday about his time at NC State, and while he says he wasn't angered over being fired, he obviously feels like he didn't deserve to be let go. And you know what that means? One more TOB zinger, for old time's sake.
TOB: "I had to get rid of 30 guys the first 3 yrs... You take that 10 schollies a year, that's like putting yourself on the death penalty."— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongWTVD) January 18, 2013
TOB continues "but it had to be done to turn the program around and do what I was asked to do."— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongWTVD) January 18, 2013
It's interesting to watch him talk...started out saying 'I didn't have any anger, I didn't have any frustration...' 1/2— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongWTVD) January 18, 2013
...then methodically (with examples) outlines how his teams were a success academically, in the community and on the field.— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongWTVD) January 18, 2013
Finished by outlining how he went 5-1 vs UNC while 'there's 10 other (NCSU sports) teams that played Carolina, they're 15-73'— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongWTVD) January 18, 2013
See I'm still trying to figure out why he'd self-impose the death penalty. That just seems like a really bad idea, especially at the beginning of your tenure. Look at what happened to those SMU guys; they just completely disappeared for a while and then they sucked a lot forever. (Maybe their balls suck.)
The best part about all of this, though, is that last quote where he points out that 10 other State programs were 15-73 against UNC over (I'm assuming) the last six years. That's classic Tom O'Brien. Did he really hit up GoPack.com for some deep schedule research? How long did that take? Was an abacus involved? I really don't have the energy to vet those figures, but I don't know why he only included 10 programs. Did he just pick our 10 worst programs? Because that's no fair, coach.