â€œIt made sense to have Coach Sheridan come back here,â€ Oâ€™Brien said. â€œHe had tremendous success. He did a lot for this university. He did a lot for the players.
â€œOne of the things I found when I started to do some of the Wolfpack Club events during the winter was the tremendous respect and love his former players had for the man.â€
Oâ€™Brien also had a strong working knowledge of Sheridanâ€™s program from Oâ€™Brienâ€™s time as an assistant and offensive coordinator at Virginia under George Welsh. Thatâ€™s when Sheridan led the Wolfpack to six bowl games in seven years and was a regular contender in the ACC race.
â€œI always had a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Sheridan and his football teams, the way they played, the way they carried themselves and everything they did,â€ Oâ€™Brien said.