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O'Brien: We made the best decision for NC State

Posted January 24, 2014

— No matter who wins the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in New Jersey, former head coach Tom O’Brien will hold claim to a victorious participant for the eighth time in the last 11 seasons. And while Broncos linebacker Nate Irving would like to see the Lombardi Trophy in Denver, it is former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson that is sure to garner more headlines should Seattle win or lose.

Wilson was part of O’Brien’s first class in Raleigh and redshirted his freshman year. That set up a position battle for the signal caller spot the following season.

“We went to preseason with (Mike) Glennon’s freshman year, Russell’s redshirt freshman year, and they went down to the last scrimmage in preseason camp before we decided to go with Russell,” O’Brien said.

Just a couple years later, Glennon seized the spot and Wilson took a different path to professional baseball and then to Wisconsin.

“I’m not clairvoyant. I can’t tell the future,” O’Brien said. “You make a decision on the facts that you have at that time. Certainly, with the facts and the situation what it was, we parted on great terms. Russell went his way, we had to make a decision that was best for NC State. We made that decision and went forward. The best part is that it worked out for both kids.”

Former East Carolina coach Steve Logan backed O’Brien in an interview Friday saying, “What Tom O’Brien did, without a doubt, was the logical best thing to do.”

Current NC State baseball coach Elliott Avent, who got the ball rolling on the two-sport athlete’s career in college, sees it differently and said that Wilson should have never been in a spot to go to Wisconsin, calling him “an NC State guy.”

Wilson and Glennon’s career tracks met this season as they went head-to-head on Nov. 3. The hero of that game? Former NC State kicker under O’Brien Steven Hauschka who hit a game-winner in overtime.

Despite the seemingly unceremonious departure from NC State, however, O’Brien said that he and Wilson maintain a positive relationship and have texted each other this week. O’Brien added that Wilson, “someday might be president if he wants to be. He has a great people skills, he has great leadership, he has great personality.”

Avent insists that Wilson would be a Major League Baseball player if he had stuck with baseball full time. O’Brien said that he can be a Super Bowl winning quarterback by seizing the opportunity he has created for himself in football.

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  • UpChuck Jan 28, 2014

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    You really can't explain anything to the ignorant Red Ragers or Tar Heel fans that consistently respond to these non-issue articles. Like a previous poster commented, really, hasn't this horse been beat to death?

  • Super Hans Jan 26, 2014

    Tom O'Brien, you are FIRED!

  • sweet D Jan 25, 2014

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    a 22-26 acc record, over 6 yrs, is what got TOB fired.....RW was qb for 13 of those losses, which would be half, in case you need some help with that

  • britthype Jan 25, 2014

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    Seems getting fired stands out more than which QB had a better win pct. Obviously he did not win ENOUGH even with the 2nd year!

  • vt94hokies Jan 25, 2014

    Agree with TOB.

  • sweet D Jan 25, 2014

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    I see you choose to ignore the facts I just presented....and TOB was fired for his overall body of work, not 2 yrs with MG....once again, his 2 years with MG included A BETTER WINNING PERCENTAGE THAN THE RW YEARS....your stubborn ignorance in the face of facts is astounding...the only fact you have right is TOB was fired

  • britthype Jan 25, 2014

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    The Facts are Tom got fired with Glennon at QB! His logic was he preferred Glennon for 2 years by showing no loyalty to Wilson who carried the program on his back for 3 years. I'm wondering about the nerve of Glennon who demanded to start over a 3 year starter. I'm wonder about Tom as a coach who threw his job away for an untested recruit who reminded him of Matt Ryan. Bad move for Tom! Glennon was not above the program and just common sense. End result=fired

    PS. Wilson missing spring ball had no negative effect against Big Ten competition

  • sweet D Jan 25, 2014

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    lets get one thing str8...I love RW, and I am def pulling for the seahawks....I would rather have RW as my qb....but the facts are, MG had a better winning% at NCSU than RW, and he won a bowl game and lost a bowl game...same as RW....in the head-to-head nfl match-up, MG had 2 td's, no picks and a 123 rating....RW had 2 td's, 2 picks, and a 91 rating.....for the season, RW has 26 td's/9 int...MG had 19/9(3 less games)....the facts aren't backing up your OPINION, so far....would seattle be in the super bowl without the #1 nfl defense??....doubtful.....do you know that MG wont have a long nfl career??...NO....in summary, you are espousing opinion and conjecture, while i have countered with the facts

  • jscott13 Jan 25, 2014

    Good observation BRITTHYPE...I have always wondered why O'Brien had that odd loyalty to Glennon. And SWEETD...just watch Glennon and Wilson. Wilson is so obviously the better player and may well go down as one of the greatest in the NFL. Not Glennon.

  • sweet D Jan 25, 2014

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    just where do you get "powerhouse" and Wisconsin in the same sentence??....I don't know of any national championships, and a losing bowl record with a .570 overall winning % just doesn't constitute as a powerhouse as much as you would like to believe it.....NCSU football, not a powerhouse, has a winning bowl record history and a .508 winning%....plz explain your embellishment

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