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NC State trustees to meet, football vacancy not specified

Posted November 26, 2012
Updated November 27, 2012

— The Board of Trustees at North Carolina State University has called an emergency meeting for Wednesday to discuss "the amount of compensation and other material terms of an employment agreement contract for future employment," according to a document distributed to the board and obtained by WRAL News Monday.

According to the document, the board will meet in closed session via teleconference call at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, although it is not specified whether or not the meeting is to discuss the vacant head football coaching position. The call is stated to originate from the Chancellor's Conference Room.

Tom O'Brien was released at NC State Sunday after six seasons and a 40-35 record. Athletics Director Debbie Yow cited a multitude of reasons for the dismissal and said in her press conference Sunday that she expects NC State to be a perennial Top-25 program.

Finding the coach to do that was a major talking point Monday on Triangle-area sports talk radio.

“It is next to impossible to find a proven head coach who already has a good paying job, in a major conference, and get him to leave that place, for your place,” said David Glenn, host of the David Glenn show on 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio. “State has enough money to attract a viable candidate and a desirable candidate.”

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The going rate of that candidate is thought to be between $2-5 million annually, meaning the replacement for the Wolfpack’s top job is likely to be a current assistant or head coach at a smaller school.

But in Raleigh, there are attractive pitches to sell candidates beyond money: Carter-Finley Stadium is a high-quality facility, recently bolstered by booster donations; the Murphy Center is a state of the art training facility and Yow has stated that an indoor practice facility is on the way.

What Yow is looking for in O’Brien’s replacement is an aggressive recruiter with coaching experience and someone with enthusiasm and energy - and they have to turn the team into a championship contender.

Her list for said candidate has already been drafted, undoubtedly. But if there is one thing that Wolfpack fans are well versed in, it is calling an audible when a coaching search goes off-script.

“The list of basketball coaches that Debbie Yow started with, if you listed 12 names, Mark Gottfried was not one of those 12,” said Glenn. “So you could have all of these best-laid plans on day one, on week one, and you'd better be ready to improvise.”

O’Brien’s contract buyout is one thing that Yow does have going for her. The $1.2 million owed will be paid out over the course of four years - a small number in the grand scheme of big-time college athletics. That money will come entirely from the athletics fund, built with things such as ticket and merchandise sales.

And while all this is going on behind the scenes, the NC State football team still has a game to play in roughly a month. The destination and the opponent are still unknown, but the purpose is unmistakeable in the locker room.

“We still have one game left and we’re going to try and win this for coach O’Brien,” said All-ACC First-Team safety Earl Wolff.

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  • uscnnc Nov 27, 4:30 p.m.

    If Debbie Yow is smart, she'll go after Bobby Petrino. BP will be a cheaper hire, since he's coming off the scandal at Arkansas, but dude is a offensive genius and will turn NCSU around. BP did more with 2 and 3 star players, than most coaches do with 5 star players.

  • UpChuck Nov 27, 12:07 p.m.

    Correction : Kliff Kingsbury is correct spelling. Works under Kevin Sumlin @ TAM. Has worked... View More

    — Posted by mtnmama

    But doesn't he have only 1-2 years experience? Hell, I remember when he was QB at TT. I don't think Yow is looking for someone that inexperienced..or at least I hope not.

  • mtnmama Nov 27, 11:55 a.m.

    Correction : Kliff Kingsbury is correct spelling. Works under Kevin Sumlin @ TAM. Has worked with Dana Holgorsen @ Houston (now @ WV who crushed Clemson in the Orange Bowl last year) & played QB himself under Mike Leach. He WILL be one of the next hot coaches of the Air Raid & has recruiting ties in Texas. He's young & would be a top notch hire for State.

  • mtnmama Nov 27, 11:42 a.m.

    Cliff Kingsberry, OC @ Texas A&M ought to get a look.

  • pclong2214 Nov 27, 11:22 a.m.

    i don't have access to a list of last year's top 50 NC high school players but i imagine an overwelming precentage went to out of state colleges. if chairman yow thinks a new coach at state will change that, she's delusional. win recruiting battles against the sec and big10 and frank beamer at vatech and d. sweeney at clemson in your own conference. i don't think so.

  • Hammerhead Nov 27, 11:12 a.m.

    You think sports talk radio is bad here. Head up to the Hampton Roads area in VA. You will be... View More

    — Posted by needspaintgt

    Maybe I'll drive up there just to check it out.

  • UpChuck Nov 27, 11:05 a.m.

    One name, Bobby Petrino. Dude will have some baggage and NCSU will have to let him know out... View More

    — Posted by uscnnc

    I agree with that. He and Gott would have lots to talk about...and he's a good coach, just can't keep his willie in his pants...or tell the truth to his AD.

  • I Carry even in Cary Nov 27, 10:39 a.m.

    NC highschool football fosters good football players that if we could keep in State would make any team better. It would be nice to reach into the border states like VA and SC as well

  • uscnnc Nov 27, 10:38 a.m.

    One name, Bobby Petrino. Dude will have some baggage and NCSU will have to let him know out front that co- eds are off limits, but he would turn NCSU into a 9-10 win team. Petrino is a offensive genius. Hire him, then join the SEC.

  • lec02572 Nov 27, 10:25 a.m.

    I as a State fan am getting a little tired of having to see new a new coach every 5 years or so. Get someone who is established, pay the money, and fans will come, but continue down this same path and watch attendance drop. State should be a winner, there is no reason teams in the ACC should not be recognized nationally. I hear about how weak the football in NC high schools could not make a winning program in major football, but I see all the great ones go outside the state to schools South Carolina (quaterback Wakefield), Georgia (running backs from Tarboro and Millbrook), and Ohio State (DE from Tarboro). Recruiting is the key, get in the game early with the head coach, stay on it, and don't just roll over to teams outside the state.

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