RALEIGH--North Carolina State head football coach Tom O'Brien has been fired.
N.C. State Athletic Director Deborah Yow announced the decision and held a press conference on Sunday afternoon.
She said she wants N.C. State to be a perennial contender.
"Coach O'Brien and I met Friday to discuss the future of the program. I spent the last two days thinking about that conversation before meeting with him again this afternoon. Ultimately I decided to move in another direction to try to reinvigorate the program toward reaching the competitive goal of becoming a perennial top 25 football program," said Yow.
O'Brien coached the team for six seasons and compiled an overall record of 40-35.
Offensive coordinator Dana Bible will serve as the team's interim head coach in the upcoming bowl game.
Yow said a national search for a replacement will begin immediately.
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