I got an email from a Clemson buddy this morning that forwarded this link and said:
I forgot about O’Cain being on the staff at Va. Tech….explains a lot
O’Cain has now been fired as the head coach or head offensive coach from three of the twelve schools in the ACC, and the Clemson fans seem to be the most negative about MOC’s time on their staff.
State people continue to await the “revenge of Mike O’Cain” that was often predicted by so many NC State fans who were perplexed by O’Cain’s firing at NC State. We hear that old “macd” is still heard rattling his sabre predicting that ‘O’Cain is going to prove to NC State just what a big mistake it was to fire him.’
Of course it will be a requirement that someone hire O’Cain as a head coach for this prediction to become a reality. It’s now been seven years without O’Cain getting a head coaching job offer. (What do some of the NC State faithful knows that the open market of college Athletics Directors can’t comprehend?) You know…there is a job currently open in Chapel Hill right now. If MOC was such a great coach for NC State – as all the Carolina people told us that he was – then why don’t they hire him?
Dustin Fry said he’d like to say hello to Mike O’Cain before tonight’s game at Virginia Tech because he didn’t get to say good-bye.
The Hokies’ quarterbacks coach, O’Cain was on Clemson’s staff for four seasons but was fired as offensive coordinator in 2004.
O’Cain, a native of Orangeburg, joined the Tech staff this year.
There isn’t much too much to the article, but hte following comments are interesting. It seems MOC has signficantly altered his famous view of “loyalty ends with the paycheck” that he expressed when he left NC State.
“It’s probably tougher when you play folks you know,” said O’Cain, who served as head coach at N.C. State and an assistant at North Carolina before returning to Clemson.
“I have great friendships down there,” he said, “guys that are on the staff, in the administration, families.”
The separation was quick, and O’Cain walked away graciously.
“That’s just the way it happens,” O’Cain said. “All of a sudden those ties are cut.”
In other former coaching news:
* 850TheBuzz has a great entry to serve as a central stopping off point for Carolina coaching news. Fansblog doesn’t think that Butch Davis will be coaching in coaching in Chapel Hill next year and they tell you about it in this link. This is just the start of the coaching carousel for this year.
* Dick Sheridan is in the news today.
* Herb Sendek was in our news yesterday.
* We had a lot of good and relevant links yesterday.