Fowler, Murphy, Nelson Introduce O'Brien

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State AD Lee Fowler, Provost Larry Nelson, and Board of Trustees chairman Wendell Murphy introduced Tom O'Brien as the Wolfpack's head coach today.

Tom O'Brien Introduction (6:54)

NC State Provost Larry Nelson
"Good afternoon. I welcome on behalf of Chancellor Oblinger, and on behalf of all our faculty, staff, and students at North Carolina State University. Thank you for being with us today."

"Our athletics director Lee Fowler... he deserves and has our gratitude for conducting this search in such an excellent manner, and for leading us into a new era of NC State football. Our thanks to Lee Fowler."

"When we began the process of selecting our new coach, we wanted someone who understood our land grant mission, teaching... we wanted someone who understood that the student part of student-athlete comes first."

"Today we announce our next coach, who will not only continue our rich history of NC State football, but will also balance the academic, atl

"Our new coach understands what NC State is all about."

"He understands what it means to be committed to education."

"I am proud to welcome him, and his staff, to North Carolina State."

Board of Trustees Chairman Wendell Murphy
"The appointment of our new coach.. one of the best in college football."

"He will help us to produce graduates ready for success."

"I too want to thank Lee Fowler for his hard work during this search to find the best person for NC State. Lee we appreciate what you do in making NC State athletics among the best in the nation."

"Will you please do us the honor of introducing our new coach."

NC State Athletics Director Lee Fowler
"He was amazed at what took place at this place since he had been here."

"I want to thank all Wolfpackers for that because without that we wouldn't have what we have and what we're standing in today."

"We were really looking for somebody to take care of our student-athletes and also win football games."

"Everybody I talked to said he's all about integrity, he's all about the student-athlete, he's all about graduation, and most of all he's all about winning."

"I called Craig Littlepage, the athletics director at the University of Virginia... I said just tell me what you would think about Tom O'Brien... he said he's one of the best men I've ever met and one of the best football coaches I've ever been around... that says a lot if you know Craig."

"Tom O'Brien is all about NC State football. Our 33rd football coach at NC State, coach Tom O'Brien."


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