Listening to NC State head coach Tom O’Brien this morning on 620 The Buzz, it’s clear that O’Brien is disgusted by the number of programs that are violating NCAA rules. He also shared his thoughts on why his programs, whether at Boston College or NC State, have been able to steer clear of major violations.
O'Brien said, "It’s embarrassing because it touches all of us, especially the amount of programs that are now involved.”
“The number one question that was asked to me during the caravan all spring was, ‘What are you going to do to make sure it doesn’t happen to State?’”
“I think a lot of it has to do with the people you surround yourself with, the people you hire.”
“As a head coach, I've hired twenty-two people in fifteen years. Seven of them have left me to become head coaches. Whatever I’ve done, I’ve been able to hire the right people. I’ve been able to identity people you can trust, that understand what’s right and wrong, what’s ethically right and ethically wrong, and how you’re supposed to carry yourself.”
Now, that’s a pretty impressive statistic. The list of seven coaches includes Al Golden, Mike London, Frank Spaziani, Jeff Jagodzinski, Bob Shoop (Columbia), Don Treadwell, and Jason Swepson (Elon University).
O’Brien said, “Maybe that’s the best thing I’ve done in college football...is hire the right people.”