In response to Everett Withers’ridiculously inappropriate comments yesterday, NC State Head Football Coach Tom O’Brien LET FLY this morning! (Link)

NC State coach Tom O’Brien on UNC’s coaching staff today: “As far as the flagship, here is a guy that was on a staff that ended up in Indianapolis. There are three things that you can’t do in college football — have an agent on your staff, pay your players and have academic fraud. That is the triple pay. I don’t know if they have anything to talk about. If that is what the people want in the flagship University of North Carolina, then so be it.”

Here is a link to full recap from WRAL that includes an link to the audio.

This is becoming nasty between UNC Interim Head Coach Everett Withers and NCSU Head Coach Tom O’Brien.

On Wednesday in an interview with 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio Withers said, “When you have as many schools in this state as you have and the recruiting base gets watered down a little bit, I think the kids in this state need to know ‘the flagship school.” Withers also said, “They need to know it academically. If you look at our graduation rates opposed to our opponent this week’s graduation rates for football, I think you’ll see a difference. If you look at the educational environment here, I think you’ll see a difference.”

Tom O’Brien was quick to fire a rebuttal during his usual weekly Thursday availability with the media. In response to Wither’s “flagship” comment O’Brien said, “As far as the flagship, here was a guy (Withers) who was on a football staff that ends up in Indianapolis.” He went on to say, “You have an agent on staff, you are paying players & you have academic fraud. That’s a triple play.”

O’Brien also had a response to the academic questions that Withers raised on Wednesday by saying, “At our school, number one, all classes have a syllabus. Our guys go to school, they are not given grades, and they graduate.”

Will Brinson had a super ‘FakeTOBQuote’ on his Twitter account this morning —

“It doesn’t really matter whether Carolina wins, they’ll end up vacating it anyway.”

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78 Responses to O’Brien UNLOADS on UNC-CH

  1. redcanine 11/03/2011 at 4:12 PM #

    lupus, i agree

    TOB looked like he was about to pop.

  2. layback 11/03/2011 at 4:29 PM #

    Maybe a simple T-shirt with a simple saying – THEN SO BE IT!

  3. inhoc... 11/03/2011 at 4:31 PM #

    enjoy this moment while it lasts folks. who actually thinks we’ll be this happy late sat afternoon?

  4. inhoc... 11/03/2011 at 4:35 PM #

    speaking of hate, lol check out this wal mart fan….

    *beware of language*.

  5. BJD95 11/03/2011 at 4:41 PM #

    Inhoc – I do. We will be super happy. And this isn’t exactly coming from a cockeyed optimist, ya know.

    This also reiterates my vibe from the get go – I feel bad for Holden Thorp. He was in over his head, sure. But not a bad guy. His hands were tied until the BOT turnover.

  6. TruthBKnown Returns 11/03/2011 at 4:42 PM #

    enjoy this moment while it lasts folks. who actually thinks we’ll be this happy late sat afternoon?

    I won’t say I expect a win, but I’m not expecting a loss, either. This is our house. And it’s UNX coming to town.

    I figure if we win (and I think we can), GREAT!

    If we lose, it’s another nail in the coffin.

  7. BJD95 11/03/2011 at 4:45 PM #

    And yes, I believe Thorp’s apology is sincere and not forced. I also find it good policy to take apologies at face value, unless there’s strong evidence not to.

    Perhaps he will be a good representative of those decent UNC folks whose voices have been drowned out of late.

  8. Old MacDonald 11/03/2011 at 4:58 PM #

    UNC is now denying the apology. (?)

  9. graywolf 11/03/2011 at 4:59 PM #

    Way to go Tom! You just gained more respect from me thats for sure!

    The truth hurts and the truth is Carolina CHEATS!

  10. Wolf74 11/03/2011 at 6:00 PM #

    A flagship university that hands out diplomas to any winno that walks on campus. That is really what the State of North Carolina needs. This flagship has a torpedo hole in the side the size of a bus and is sinking like a rock, perhaps it is time for the admiral to take his flag to a more deserving ship!

  11. mak4dpak 11/03/2011 at 6:07 PM #

    With all the smack talk from the coach, and players saying they got this one because we are minus RW, I hope we have the best game of the year, and MG smokes them thru the air. However, a win should in no way save TOBs job, as mediocrity is no longer acceptable. 5 years and where have we progressed to. Tell me and we’ll both know. 29-29 in the ACC. NOT GOOD!

  12. state73 11/03/2011 at 6:24 PM #

    3 cheers for TOB. Give unc-cheat HELL.

  13. TheCOWDOG 11/03/2011 at 6:45 PM #

    Rye, I’m surprised at you. Moustache, no personal offense man, but ya missed by a long shot.

    Coaches coach for their jobs every freakin’ week. A street bum tossed kitchen knives at a vet and got hit by a grenade.

    Pure and simple. TOB didn’t have a damn thing to do with it.

    I can only echo BJD and others. O’Brien and staff are not my cup of coffee, but his biscuits are masterful.

  14. pack76 11/03/2011 at 6:52 PM #

    The arrogant snobs at the fagship can burn in Hell! Go State!!!!

  15. highstick 11/03/2011 at 7:02 PM #

    We may be lynching TOB for “on field coaching and performance”, but he’s got more nads that we’ve had in ANY COACH in recent memory to stand up to the excrement that spews from the scumbag coaches, students, alum, and professors(who don’t have “syllabi” for courses) in Tarholina!

    Yes, dummies from Carolina, the plural of syllabus is syllabi, but that would generally go over your heads anyway.

    How can you be the Flagship, when you DON’T LEAD THE FREAKIN’ FLEET!!

  16. pack76 11/03/2011 at 7:06 PM #

    Give it to ’em Highstick!!!

  17. 98st8 11/03/2011 at 7:23 PM #

    i saw and talked with Tom O’Brien today at North Hills. I thanked him very much for his comments and told him that we truly appreciate him standing up for the guys and the school. He said….”I was just stating facts… all of those things did happen… there is no disputing any of it.”

  18. NCSU84 11/03/2011 at 7:34 PM #

    Before today, Saturday’s game was looking like a definite loss for the pack. Now, it is a toss up and should be one of the most exciting games of the year – can’t wait.

  19. choppack1 11/03/2011 at 7:46 PM #

    Did I read that Woodson apologized? If so, he needs to apologize to the Wolfpack nation. THERE WAS NO REASON WHATSOEVER FOR HIM TO APOLOGIZE FOR TOB’S COMMENTS.

    As someone else said, it’s the gutsiest thing anyone directly associated w/ your university in a public forum has said in a very long time.

  20. gcpack 11/03/2011 at 8:34 PM #

    No HOLEden Thorpe called Woodson to apologize as I understand it.

    I would like to know if there is video/audio of HOLEden’s comments.

    If so then put it up here as I would love to know what Mr. HOLEden

    Milktoast said to make UNC look better than everyone else because

    that is the only reason that those baby blue frauds do anything.

    It wouldn’t be because they actually cared if they did anything wrong

    or unethical just so long as the PR is that they appeared to do the

    right thing.

    God if there ever was a right time to run the score up(just dreaming

    not delusional)it would be Saturday. Something like 4th and 1 on UNC’s

    1/2 yard line with 10 seconds left and a 38 -7 lead. Yeah I’d go for

    the touchdown and proudly raise TWO fingers for the conversion.

    Piss on Carolina, lina, Piss on Carolina, lina, Go to Hell heels.

  21. turfpack 11/03/2011 at 9:19 PM #

    OH…YEAH! I love how a Marine kills a nat with a tank.
    You would think after four ass kickings they would be more humble…but..your are right it’s Carowhina!

  22. bTHEredterror 11/03/2011 at 9:55 PM #

    “The only flag on the ship in Chapel Hole is a freakin’ rainbow! And you can guess what that means!”

    It’s really the fagship?

  23. wufpup76 11/03/2011 at 10:26 PM #

    Go TOB!

  24. WolftownVA81 11/03/2011 at 10:34 PM #

    The referenced article states they both appologized. If this is true, I don’t get Woodson. I mean, what could he say, sorry TOB spoke the unvarnished truth?

  25. NCMike 11/04/2011 at 8:26 AM #

    Not correct gcpack, per the N&O:

    N.C. State spokesman Keith Nichols confirmed that the chancellors exchanged apologies.

    “Holden and I have a great relationship,” Woodson said in a statement emailed by Nichols.

    “We talked this morning, exchanged apologies and we’re moving on.”

    Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/11/04/1616634/unc-tries-to-smooth-packs-hackles.html#ixzz1cjy8dUSW

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