Monday, November 15, 2010

O'Brien doesn't downplay impact of State's game with UNC

Coaches love to downplay games, don't they? Given that, isn't it refreshing to hear N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien talk about the North Carolina game?

One aspect of the NCSU culture that Herb Sendek never seemed to embrace was the ferocity of this rivalry. O'Brien takes a totally different approach, as he did again Monday when addressing the game.

"That’s the carrot to win the game, to get to the ACC championship," O'Brien told the media, according to newsobserver.com. "As I said Saturday, the road to Charlotte goes through Chapel Hill. You have to get through Chapel Hill. Well, if you’re at N.C. State and you’re part of this football program, you have to win in Chapel Hill anyway.

"It’s something that is part of the culture here. We accept that fact and our kids have really risen to the occasion, have played well anytime we’ve played against North Carolina since I’ve been here."

O'Brien, of course, is 3-0 against UNC and coach Butch Davis.

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