New year starts new era for NC State football
Posted January 1, 2013
Nashville, Tenn. — It's not easy to imagine what it's been like to be an NC State football player over the last month: Your coach is fired. Your new coach is hired and you are getting ready for the a bowl game at the same time.
Interim head coach Dana Bible said the two coaching staffs were taking up the entire fourth floor. This was an awkward situation for everyone involved.
"We definitely feel like we can move on and turn the page now," said Tony Creecy following NC State's bowl game loss. "It's been about Coach (Tom) O'Brien and everyone has been grieving that he's been gone, but we have to move on and start playing football for Coach (Dave) Doeren."
Sounds like someone is ready for the new year.
While many people feel the sense that their slate will be wiped clean today on the 1st of the year, this is especially true for NC State football. Many people were angry at Athletics Director Debbie Yow for pulling the plug on TOB before the bowl game, but look at the situation now. State has its new coach in place. He's hired his staff. He's picked out his office chair and he's beginning 2013 with clear goals for this future of this program.
Wait until after the bowl game to whack the coach and you are starting this process now. As Creecy points out, there is always a mourning process of sorts for the players. That's all over now.
I've covered my share of bowl games, so I've seen a sad locker room. No doubt NC State was disappointed in this loss, but it was hard to look past the relief in the players' eyes. You could tell, after a season of real highs and real lows, they were ready to move on and start new.