September 6, 2007

Thursday practice report: Business trip

Forgive North Carolina State first-year coach Tom O'Brien if he is looking forward to Monday.

Monday will be when things return to normal and he isn't in the spotlight anymore. O'Brien recalls the emotions of when he left Navy to coach guards and centers at Virginia in 1982 and was faced with playing the Midshipmen. It wasn't easy then, it won't be easy now, 25 years later.

"Once this gets over, it is over with and we won't ever have to do this again," O'Brien said. "It will [back to normal Monday]. It is what it is."

O'Brien and his staff recruited almost all but a few of the players who will be playing Saturday at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The coaches and their families left behind many friends from over the years.

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