We’ve gone through a few names in our coaching search here at the BBC. Now it’s time for another name that’s flying under the radar a bit. Of course, by under the radar, I mean that he’s not being mentioned at all. That doesn’t mean he can’t still be a legitimate name for the job.
Special thanks to a friend of the BBC who recommended this feature on O’Brien.
Most of you are probably looking at the title of this post and saying to yourself “who?”. Well, that’s probably your own fault because a few year’s ago O’Brien was one of the top names in college football. You may most clearly remember him as the guy who jumped ship from successful ACC member Boston College to full-meltdown-mode ACC member NC State.
Tom O’Brien was born in the great state of Ohio, in the city generally forgotten by the rest of the state – Cincinnati. He attended High School at St. Xavier, playing at Defensive End.
He matriculated from the Naval Academy in 1970 after 5 years. While there he played ball for the Middies for all 5 seasons (I believe he took a redshirt, though I can’t prove it), including his final 3 as a defensive starter. Unfortunately, Navy was terrible at that time, going overall 5-26 while O’Brien was a starter. The defense also gave up more than 300 points per season while their offense struggled to break 100.