WRALSportsFan

O'Brien Officially Named New Wolfpack Coach

Posted December 8, 2006

North Carolina State wrapped up a quick search for a new head football coach by hiring Tom O'Brien away from conference rival Boston College on Friday

The university's Board of Trustees and Board of Governors unanimously approved O'Brien's contract late Friday, and officially announced his hire in a press release. O'Briien is expected to be introduced as the new head coach at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Sources told WRAL that the Boston College coach was given a 7-year deal that will pay him a base salary of $240,000 and a total of $1.1 million a year.

Wolfpack Athletic Director Lee Fowler did not immediately return a call to his office Thursday. Boston College officials did not return multiple calls seeking comment. A BC spokesman issued a statement Thursday acknowledging the reports.

"As you are no doubt aware, reports surfaced out of North Carolina yesterday afternoon and evening that N.C. State had (or would) offer Tom O'Brien its vacant head football coaching position," spokesman Chris Cameron said in an e-mail.

"If and when N.C. State makes an announcement involving Coach O'Brien, Boston College will respond accordingly. Meanwhile, Boston College has no comment on the situation."

Several broadcasters and Web sites, citing unidentified sources, reported Wednesday night that N.C. State had hired O'Brien to replace the fired Chuck Amato. San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers -- a four-year starter who left N.C. State as the school's career passing leader -- told a newspaper Wednesday that O'Brien was the choice.

"I got a call this morning, and they said it was a done deal," Rivers told the North County Times in Escondido, Calif.

O'Brien led the Eagles to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the Meineke Bowl against Navy later this month. He dismissed rumors linking him to other coaching openings in a statement this week and told the Boston Globe, when reached at home Wednesday night, that he had received no official offer.

"Any announcement has to come out of North Carolina," he said.

N.C. State fired Amato -- a former Wolfpack linebacker -- the day after his team closed the season with seven straight losses to finish 3-9. Amato was 49-37 and led the Wolfpack to five bowl games in seven seasons, but he went 25-31 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and never finished higher than fourth.


Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • US Olympic Trials: Swimming

    Tonight at 8:00 on WRAL-TV

  • US Olympic Trials: Track & Field

    Tonight at 9:00 on WRAL-TV

  • US Olympic Trials: Track & Field

    Tomorrow at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASCAR: Sprint Cup at Daytona

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASCAR: Coke Zero 400 from Daytona

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Miami vs. Atlanta (at Ft. Bragg)

    Sunday at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Texas at Boston

    Monday at 1:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Baltimore at LA Angels

    Monday at 9:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

MLB Scoreboard
Interleague
Kansas City 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
Philadelphia 
 
Pittsburgh 7:05 PT8:05 MT9:05 CT10:05 ET22:05 ET2:05 GMT10:05 7:05 MST9:05 EST9:35 VEN6:05 UAE (+1)9:05 CT
Preview
Oakland 
 
NY Yankees 7:40 PT8:40 MT9:40 CT10:40 ET22:40 ET2:40 GMT10:40 7:40 MST9:40 EST10:10 VEN6:40 UAE (+1)9:40 CT
Preview
San Diego 
American League
Cleveland010:07 PT11:07 MT12:07 CT1:07 ET13:07 ET17:07 GMT1:07 10:07 MST12:07 EST12:37 VEN21:07 UAE12:07 CT
Preview
Toronto0
 
LA Angels 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Boston 
 
Detroit 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Tampa Bay 
 
Texas 5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Minnesota 
 
Chi White Sox 5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Houston 
 
Baltimore 7:10 PT8:10 MT9:10 CT10:10 ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 MST9:10 EST9:40 VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 CT
Preview
Seattle 
National League
Cincinnati 3:05 PT4:05 MT5:05 CT6:05 ET18:05 ET22:05 GMT6:05 3:05 MST5:05 EST5:35 VEN2:05 UAE (+1)5:05 CT
Preview
Washington 
 
Chi Cubs 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
NY Mets 
 
Miami 4:35 PT5:35 MT6:35 CT7:35 ET19:35 ET23:35 GMT7:35 4:35 MST6:35 EST7:05 VEN3:35 UAE (+1)6:35 CT
Preview
Atlanta 
 
Milwaukee 5:15 PT6:15 MT7:15 CT8:15 ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 MST7:15 EST7:45 VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 CT
Preview
St. Louis 
 
San Francisco 6:40 PT7:40 MT8:40 CT9:40 ET21:40 ET1:40 GMT9:40 6:40 MST8:40 EST9:10 VEN5:40 UAE (+1)8:40 CT
Preview
Arizona 
 
Colorado 7:10 PT8:10 MT9:10 CT10:10 ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 MST9:10 EST9:40 VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 CT
Preview
LA Dodgers 
 
ATP Scoreboard
Friday, Jul. 1
Wimbledon (ATP/WTA)
Second Round
(10) T. Berdych6 6 6   
B. Becker4 1 2   
(12) J. Tsonga6 6 6   
J. Monaco1 4 3   
(32) L. Pouille6 6 6   
D. Young4 3 3   
(4) S. Wawrinka6 3 62 3  
J. del Potro3 6 77 6  
(18) J. Isner710 77 3   
M. Barton68 63 5   
(15) N. Kyrgios63 6 2 6 3 
D. Brown77 1 6 4 3 
(22) F. Lopez3 65 4   
F. Fognini6 77 2   
(24) A. Zverev6 3 3   
M. Youzhny4 6 0   
Third Round
(1) N. Djokovic     
(28) S. Querrey     
S. Johnson     
G. Dimitrov     
(11) D. Goffin     
D. Istomin     
(5) K. Nishikori     
A. Kuznetsov     
(9) M. Cilic0     
L. Lacko1     
P. Herbert1     
N. Mahut0     
(3) R. Federer 
D. Evans 
(6) M. Raonic 
(27) J. Sock 
 
WTA Scoreboard
Friday, Jul. 1
Wimbledon (ATP/WTA)
Second Round
(10) P. Kvitova     
E. Makarova     
A. Beck6 6    
A. Sasnovich2 1    
(21) A. Pavlyuchen7 6    
Y. Putintseva5 1    
(24) B. Strycova6 6    
E. Rodina4 0    
(1) S. Williams6     
C. McHale6     
(18) S. Stephens3 1    
M. Minella6 0    
(13) S. Kuznetsova2     
T. Moore0     
(11) T. Bacsinszky2     
M. Niculescu2     
Third Round
S. Lisicki     
Y. Shvedova     
(12) C. Suarez Nav6 6    
M. Erakovic2 2    
(8) V. Williams7 4 7   
(29) D. Kasatkina5 6 6   
M. Doi 
A. Friedsam 
(5) S. Halep 
(26) K. Bertens 
(28) L. Safarova 
J. Cepelova 
(9) M. Keys 
A. Cornet 
(4) A. Kerber 
C. Witthoeft