“In coaching you need to know when it is time to walk way,” O'Brien said. “I know it is time. For a number of reasons in my life it is time. This basketball team has a chance and they have proven they can compete with people. A different voice will make a difference in this program. It is time for me to do something different.”O'Brien had been a bit on the hot seat heading into the season, and the Bengals had fallen to 2-8 this year, dropping his career record at Idaho State to 56-105. If he had lasted the year, O'Brien likely would not have had his contract renewed after the season, so he decided to go out on his own terms.
Since I began this blog 5 or so months ago, I have heard a lot of Idaho State fans complain that they wanted a coaching change, and were looking forward to a fresh start at the top. However, as a testament to Coach O'Brien, I have not heard a single one of them say anything negatively about his character (which can happen sometimes with upset fans), which is a kudos to both himself and Bengals fans.
I wish O'Brien the best, and from all I read about the type of person that he has, he seems likely to land solidly on his feet somewhere.
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