Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Idaho State Coach Joe O'Brien Resigns

It seems like the biggest news in the Big Sky happens when I am the busiest! In the middle of a 15 hour workday yesterday, Idaho State head coach Joe O'Brien resigned, and was replaced by assistant coach Dean Martin.

“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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