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N.C. State fires football coach O'Brien

Nov. 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- North Carolina State has fired head football coach Tom O'Brien after six seasons at the helm, Athletic Director Deborah Yow said Sunday.

O'Brien recorded a 40-35 mark during his time at North Carolina State, going 22-26 within the Atlantic Coast Conference -- including 1-14 on the road against ACC foes.

"Coach O'Brien's service to N.C. State over the last six years has been sincerely appreciated by Wolfpack Nation," Yow said in a statement. "We especially appreciate his attention toward NCAA rules compliance, a value that will continue to be held by N.C. State. We wish him well in future pursuits."

The Wolfpack went 7-5 under O'Brien in the recently completed season. His best year was 2010, when the squad went 9-4 with a win over West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl.

"I appreciate the opportunity to have coached at North Carolina State University and I feel that the program is in a better place now than when I started," O'Brien said.

Offensive coordinator Dana Bible will serve as interim head coach for the Wolfpack's upcoming bowl game, Yow said.

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