Nowadays, Tom O'Brien is Virginia's associate head coach. Three years ago, he held the title of N.C. State head coach/the guy who ran off Russell Wilson to Wisconsin.
Well, it was a tad more complicated than that.
If you don't know the background, this link offers a good refresher.
In nine days, Wilson, a Richmond native, will lead the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Friday, O'Brien held a teleconference with reporters to discuss four of his former players participating on Super Sunday. But, really, the questions centered around just one.
And, no, O'Brien wouldn't change how things ended with Wilson at N.C. State. Sure, he went on to star for the Rose Bowl-bound Badgers, but his own guy, Mike Glennon, threw for over 7,400 yards and 30 touchdowns in two seasons as the Wolfpack starter.
Glennon was selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Tampa Buccaneers. He started 13 games for the Bucs this season, tossing for 2,608 yards with 19 touchdowns to nine interceptions.
“I’m not clairvoyant, so I can’t tell the future," O'Brien said Friday. "So the thing that you do, and you always do, is you make decisions on the facts that you have at that time.
"Certainly, with the facts and the situation the way it was, we parted on great terms. Russell went his way, we had to make a decision what’s best for N.C. State. We made that decision and went forward.
“The best news is it worked out for both kids. Both got the opportunity. In fact, they got to compete against each other and play this year on the field. So it was a great opportunity for Russell. It was a great opportunity for Michael. We were lucky to have those kids for the four years, five years we had them playing at State. People ought to be happy about that.”
O'Brien described his current relationship with Wilson as "fine. I have no problems. It's always been good."