However, I just don't think that's a fair measuring stick for any HC for that program.
NC State was carried in 2010 by Russell Wilson and FSU lost that game at the goal line due to RB Ty Jones not knowing the play call correctly and trying to take the hand off from Christian Ponder on a play action pass, causing the game ending fumble. Even after that debacle, the Atlantic division still came down to FSU/Maryland/NC State in the last couple weeks of the season, as all three teams were equally average that year (although NC State and Maryland were both being led by breakout QBs who wouldn't last at those programs, and Maryland had an excellent defense that year before their coaching turnover...meanwhile FSU was coming off the tail end of the Bowden years and rebuilding their program...so FSU was starting over in 2010 while NC State and UMD were at their respective pinnacles).
FSU also lost a nightmare game at NC State this season, but without writing an essay about it, that was a lot more of FSU losing the game than NC State winning it.
NC State won in 2010 by 4 points on an FSU goal line fumble.
NC State lost in 2011 to FSU, 31 to 0.
NC State won this year by 1 point on a late 4th quarter TD.
And against Clemson, since Dabo took over and they brought in Chad Morris, NC State's seemed to have Clemson's number fairly well, but Clemson was still up 62 to 38 by the time the 4th quarter started in this year's game.
My point is: TOB did a good job of getting NC State to play as competitively as possible against both Clemson and FSU in recent years, and it paid off twice in the last 3 years against FSU. But those games saw levels of play from NC State that can't realistically be expected on most other weekends, due to the overall lack of talent within the roster.
While it would have been nice for NC State to be able to use those wins over FSU and Clemson to try and steal an ACC title game spot, the inconsistent play and losses to teams like Miami, UVA, and Tennessee this year tell a lot about how mediocre the team itself is, not just the coaching. And the team is mediocre because the program isn't that great (through many factors out of NC State's control).
Overall, I can agree with firing TOB because he's been there since 2007 and at this point, Yow clearly wants to test other waters. But the guy took NC State to a bowl game 4 out of the 6 years he was the HC, and he had an average record in the conference. I'm not confident that NC State finds a new HC who will do more than that.
(Although if TOB was fired for any single incident, it would probably be punting to Gio Bernard in the UNC game this season...wow was that a stupid idea...a new HC probably wouldn't have done that)
That would have to be one of the most shocking coaching pulls ever, if it did happen. It's a sizable pay raise, sure, but there are two immediately glaring problems with leaving LSU to go coach at Arkansas:
1- You can build a BCS championship contender with talent in your own backyard at LSU, while at Arkansas, you have to go into Texas and across the south east to recruit a top tier team.
2- It's not like by going to Arkansas he'd be getting out of having to play Nick Saban during the regular season, the only difference is that at Arkansas he'd have an inferior DL when he gets to that game every year.