NC State fires coach Tom O’Brien after inconsistent 6th season

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State has fired football coach Tom O’Brien after six seasons.

Athletic director Debbie Yow made the announcement Sunday, one day after the Wolfpack finished a 7-5 regular season with a win over Boston College.

O’Brien went 40-35 after coming to Raleigh from Boston College following the 2006 season. He took the Wolfpack to three bowl games, but won’t coach in a fourth when N.C. State receives its bid next week.

Athletic Director Debbie Yow said she met with Coach Tom O’Brien Friday to discuss the future of the NC State football program and after two days of thought Yow decided to release O’Brien.

“Coach O’Brien and I agree on the goal of becoming a top 25 program, but not on what’s needed to get there,”Yow said.

Over the next four years O’Brien will be paid 1.2 million dollars for the buyout.

Yow said she respects O’Brien and the decision has nothing to do with his personal character.

Yow said she released O’Brien during the season because “time of the essence” as wants to have time to look for another coach.

Yow said she spoke with an agent Sunday afternoon and has signed up with a search company but did not name potential candidates.

N.C. State says offensive coordinator Dana Bible will be the interim coach for the bowl game. All other assistants are staying to continue bowl preparations.

His teams were just 22-26 in ACC play and never finished higher than 5-3 in the league. He was 1-14 in Atlantic Division road games.

Bible said he has no prior knowledge of the decision before Sunday afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.