NC State with a 5-3 record and with a little luck could have played for the ACC championship. This was the statement that I heard prior to yesterday’s game versus Virginia kicked off. The Cavaliers dominated the Wolfpack from start to finish holding what looked like an explosive offense at North Carolina to only six points in front of a shell shocked NC State crowd.
This game tells us a few things about NC State and is a reflection on the ACC. To start with it appears the pack have quit on Tom O’Brien. After the North Carolina loss you would expect a veteran team to regroup and take out their frustrations especially versus an opponent who has failed to win a game in the ACC. Granted Virginia is playing its best football of the year, a team with senior quarterback leadership should not be run out its own stadium.
If Debbie Yow is going to make a coaching change she needs to fire Tom O’Brien now versus wait until the end of season. Waiting to the end decreases NC State’s options for replacements and it avoids the emotional response an athletic director can have should the Wolfpack regroup, make it to a bowl game in which they win. O’Briens contract is up in 2013 and the last thing the fan base will respond well to would be a rebuilding year under O’Brien with a new quarterback. Will the Wolfpack make a change? Only Debbie Yow knows this answer, but the seat under Tom O’Brien if it was not hot yesterday morning became engulfed in flames around 4:00 PM yesterday afternoon.
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