North Carolina State coach Tom O'Brien took a lot of heat when he decided to part ways with star quarterback Russell Wilson and go with unproven junior Mike Glennon as his starter.
It all worked out on Tuesday night in the Belk Bowl, with Glennon throwing for 264 yards and three touchdowns to lead N.C. State over Louisville 31-24 - and earn MVP honors in the process.
So O'Brien feels vindicated, right? Well, not so much.
''I never had to feel vindicated by any of that,'' said O'Brien, who ran his record to 8-2 in bowl games. ''That would never be my goal once I made a decision. I don't care what people think. I made a decision what was best for this football team going forward. When I made the decision and weighing all options and looking at the talent this kid has I knew we would have a quarterback. I don't have to feel vindicated by anybody.''
Then he smiled and added, ''but he helped (vindicate) me.''
Glennon threw two of his touchdown passes to senior receiver T.J. Graham, ...