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January 3, 2013
Report: Tom O'Brien heading back to Virginia
Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com has reported that former NC State head coach Tom O'Brien will join former assistant Mike London's coaching staff at Virginia as the assistant head coach.
"I have confirmed former NC State head coach Tom O'Brien will join the UVA staff as tight ends / assistant head coach," Roussel wrote on twitter.
The move will save NC State, in terms of the buyout paid to O'Brien, one million dollars. The former coach, who served at Virginia from 1982-1996 as an offensive assistant, was due to be paid 1.2 million dollars after being let go from his position in Raleigh, but came to an agreement to accept $200,000 as a lump sum payment from NC State, in order for the school to waive the non-compete clause that barred him from working at another ACC school, according to 99.9 The Fan's Joe Ovies on twitter.
O'Brien served as the Cavaliers' guards and centers coach from 1982-90, before taking the helm as their offensive coordinator from 1991-96.
Following the 1996 campaign, he became the head coach at Boston College, where he served until after the 2006 regular season, when he moved to take the head post at NC State.
O'Brien had a career record of 40-35 as the Wolfpack's head coach, including a 32-35 mark against FBS opponents and a 22-26 showing against ACC foes.
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