Tag Archives: Tom O’Brien

Probably (update: *Not?*) Why Mustafa Isn’t Practicing

April 10, 2012

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Mustafa Greene - NC State

Considering I wasn’t in the room when the decision was made to hold Mustafa Greene out of practices recently, chalk this up to speculation. However, knowing Tom O’Brien and his disciplinary history, it’s not hard to connect the dots when you see the public record below.  […]

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Russell Wilson a No. 2 QB? How About a No. 1, Somewhere Else?

April 22, 2011

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Russell Wilson as QB for the N.C. State Wolfpack***4/29/11 UPDATE: N.C. State has released Russell Wilson to pursue the possibility of playing QB elsewhere this year. Read more here…***

With each passing day, and every passing pitch, the question of whether Russell Wilson will play another down of college football looms larger.

Yesterday, ESPN’s Heather Dinch questioned how serious N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien was on his stance that Wilson would be the Wolfpack’s backup should he decide to return for his Senior season.

With Russell being a two-time All ACC performer, and still the only QB in ACC history to be named First-Team All ACC as a Freshman, I suppose Coach O’Brien’s position may seem somewhat harsh — if not altogether confusing — on the surface, but what reasonable alternative did O’Brien have when faced with the prospect of his returning field general missing all of Spring and Fall practice due to baseball commitments decisions?

Having a talent the caliber of Mike Glennon — one arguably more suited to N.C. State’s plans on offense this season — waiting in the wings certainly made O’Brien’s decision more tenable, but Wilson’s decision to play a full season of minor league baseball this year is clearly the driving force behind The Russell Wilson Question — and possibly in more expansive ways than previously thought.

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Riveting Realities: N.C. State at East Carolina

October 11, 2010

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ECU Pirates Logo N.C. State Wolfpack Logo

Don’t you get tired of talking heads, print journalists, and anyone that just happened to have learned some HTML over a holiday weekend a few years ago (ahem, Ciaran) ramming their college football analysis down your throats on a weekly basis? Sure, we all do.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone just compiled some allegedly intriguing facts about an upcoming match-up, and then let YOU decide what to make of them? Well, here’s an opportunity to find out — or just gather some tidbits to throw out for discussion at your Saturday morning tailgate — after the jump…

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Riveting Realities: Boston College at N.C. State

October 6, 2010

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Boston College MascotN.C. State coach Tom O'Brien

Don’t you get tired of talking heads, print journalists, and anyone that just happened to have learned some HTML over a holiday weekend a few years ago (ahem, Ciaran) ramming their college football analysis down your throats on a weekly basis? Sure, we all do.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone just compiled some allegedly intriguing facts about an upcoming match-up, and then let YOU decide what to make of them? Well, here’s an opportunity to find out — or just gather some tidbits to throw out for discussion at your Saturday morning tailgate — after the jump…

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Wolfpack Spring Practice: Day 3 – Offensive Line

March 30, 2010

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Day 1: Quarterback

Day 2: Offensive Backfield

Coach Tom O’Brien and Assistant Don Horton have long been renowned for their ability to develop and coach offensive lineman.  NFL rosters are littered with their former players and Wolfpack fans have seen a steady progression in the rebuilding of the NC STATE unit since their arrival.  This year’s version will be the deepest set of lineman enjoyed by TOB and Horton in terms of numbers and talent.  It will also be one of the youngest position groups put on the field (next to the defensive backs) this season.  Horton and TOB will have their work cut out for them as the Pack will be forced to replace three starters this season, while a forth will be recovering from a major knee injury.

Frump it for in-depth, Frump-only analysis….

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2000’s: A Wolfpack Decade of “meh”

February 20, 2010

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Coach Fowler, on the job

Just a quick look into the records of the ‘big three’ sports at my beloved NCSU since 9/5/2000 reveals a very average group of programs and ZERO ACC Titles under the reign of Coach Fowler …

(caution – ranting and [words] to follow)

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