September 3, 2007

O'Brien looking for attitude adjustment

North Carolina State first-year coach Tom O'Brien has been hinting about something for the last month, but he dropped the subtlety at Monday's press conference at the Murphy Center.

O'Brien has often talked about how NC State went 3-9 last year, yet had the attitude of a team coming off a successful season. In O'Brien's world, the Wolfpack have yet the achieved anything noteworthy and should act accordingly. The players should be humble and hungry and scrap for everything it can.

O'Brien is used to having his teams overachieve, and doesn't expect anything different from his first NC State squad.

"As I said to the team last night, the first thing they got to recognize is they are not as good as they think they are," O'Brien said. "A lot of these guys got an over-inflated image of who and what they are. Whether they thought they could roll their helmets out there and just win the football game on Saturday, they certainly couldn't do that the first half."

O'Brien picked up on the over-confidence during spring ball and it has carried over to the fall. Many of the players talk about last year's 3-9 record and believe the team should have won eight games and gone to a bowl game. O'Brien cringes at the talk of what could have been last year.

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