Current Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien has a very tough road ahead of him. He came into a bad situation at Penn State after the Sandusky ordeal and Joe Pa being fired, and he made the best of the situation finishing the season with a record of 8 – 4.
While this season went better than most expected, the scholarship restrictions imposed on Penn State will soon cripple the program. No one would have blamed coach O’Brien for leaving considering the circumstances and when his name started being mentioned for NFL coaching jobs, most probably expected he would leave.
Yesterday Bill O’Brien addressed the issue of the NFL:
“I’m not a one-and-done guy,” said O’Brien. “I made a commitment to these players at Penn State and that’s what I am going to do.
“I’m a man of my word. I am what I am. Maybe I get fired in six years. But I’m not gonna cut and run after one year, that’s for sure.”
A few hours before O’Brien’s statement, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that he had interviewed for the Cleveland job earlier this week. O’Brien was also reported as having interviewed for the Eagles job.
Pennlive also reports that O’Brien will receive a raise of $1.3 million dollars annually. This would put his salary at $3.6 million and make him the third highest paid coach in the Big 10 behind only Ohio State’s Urban Meyer ($4.3) and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz ($3.8).
If O’Brien stays true to his word, he’s a great guy for the Nittany Lions to have as their coach.