Trev Alberts is no longer on the Vick Network (explanation link here), but that doesn’t mean that he no longer analyzes college football.
A reader wrote to Alberts, “I think N.C. State has a lot of potential to be the next big program. Tom O’Brien is a great coach and he can turn the team into a winner. Do you think the team has the makings to be in a few years one of the best in the ACC and an emerging player on the national scene?”
To which Alberts replied:
I agree with that. The easiest way to judge somebody, whether he is a coach or an administrator, is by his track record. Tom O’Brien has a pretty impressive track record. I think there were some factors working against him at Boston College in terms of the type of athlete that he could get admitted. The success that that program enjoyed was really remarkable. Not only was he able to compete, but he consistently won. His track record is pretty solid and he’s done things the right way. He’s an excellent X’s and O’s coach.
Down there at N.C. State he’ll have the opportunity, through different means, to attract a different level of athlete, one that he was not able to get at Boston College. You’ll see a team at N.C. State that doesn’t beat itself, that’s fundamentally sound, that’s physical, that stands for the right things, and that graduates its players.
I think the impact on the ACC will be pretty immediate, just like the impact Jim Grobe brought to the conference with his teams’ physical style of play and sound fundamentals that got them all the way to a BCS game this year.
O’Brien is that same type of coach. Although O’Brien’s impact on the conference will be immediate, he will take longer to break onto the national scene. Still, the people in Raleigh have to be feeling pretty good that they’ve got someone with the credentials of Tom O’Brien.
We hope that the NC State marketing giant has already worked up glossies of these quotes and sent them to every current and future recruit in America.