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(ESPN)   Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien agrees to become head coach at Penn State. And you don't have to worry about any funny business going on with him as coach... he tapes everything   (espn.go.com) divider line 61
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2012-01-06 03:54:43 PM
Headline made me lol.

They needed to hire someone outside the Penn State circle, but Penn State is cooked and done for a while either way, because recruiting is going to go to shiat.
 
2012-01-06 04:55:18 PM

abmoraz: Nick Saban. Him and Paterno have been friends for a long time (Which lead to the Alabama-PSU home and home series)


What? The Alabama series was originally scheduled for eight or nine years ago but 'Bama was under sanctions and asked to reschedule it to when they were not so it would be a decent game. Penn State obliged the request. I think the original contract must have been signed around 2000.

On topic - I can see Beaver Stadium from my kitchen window and Sandusky lives about 800 feet from my house, if that. My step-son went to the school that adjoins his property.

Why do I mention these things?

Because as a townie who grew up here, attended Penn State, and stayed - we are all sickened by this situation. Most of us feel the BoT screwed the pooch on this as well and they should all be removed too. We cannot comprehend why, when the allegations were made in 2002, that the university did not come down on the man like a ton of bricks. They would have been seen as heros (or at least as very decent people) but even better it would have been the RIGHT thing to do. There are 43,000 students at University Park (90,000+ system wide) and 19,000 employees who didn't have jack shiat to do with this incident but are paying the price because some spineless administrators couldn't fathom that doing the right thing in 2002 would have been better in all ways.

Chupacabra Sandwich: Penn St will no longer be a big 10 power.


As a big Penn State fan, I must say Penn State has not been a Big Ten power in any serious way since the late 90s. Sure they've won titles in 2005 and 2008 - and I believe they would have had a better shot at the title game this year had this scandal not come out. But other than that they have been middle of the pack and will continue to be unless O'Brien can open up the offense and maintain the quality of the defense.

I'm willing to give the guy a few years. I personally thought the university should have ponied up $20M or so to a big name straight-laced guy - the kind of money you can't refuse - like a Cowher or even a Parcells - to shepherd the program through the next 4-5 years then in year 3 hire a young gun coordinator who will succeed him. IMHO this would have done two things - put some time between hiring a new permanent coach and the scandal and bring in someone with the capability and reputation of doing things the right way to clean house.
 
2012-01-06 05:43:46 PM

slykens1: On topic - I can see Beaver Stadium from my kitchen window and Sandusky lives about 800 feet from my house, if that. My step-son went to the school that adjoins his property.


Then you live across College avenue from me. (I'm an honorary townie now. Been here for 18+ years. Going to Sharkies tonight to shoot some pool.)

And the reschedule happened when Saban took over.
 
2012-01-06 05:44:43 PM

slykens1: On topic - I can see Beaver Stadium from my kitchen window and Sandusky lives about 800 feet from my house, if that. My step-son went to the school that adjoins his property.


Wait, just looked at your username. Your first name isn't Scott, is it?
 
2012-01-06 05:48:39 PM

abmoraz: And the reschedule happened when Saban took over.


Sorry, it was rescheduled in 2004 before Saban took over. My bad. I extrapolated the times wrong.
 
2012-01-06 07:13:03 PM
Including Larry Lester's butt-cheeks?
 
2012-01-06 10:52:01 PM

abmoraz: Wait, just looked at your username. Your first name isn't Scott, is it?


Yes, I don't try to be anonymous on here. I don't venture into the politics tab very often so I'm not too worried about someone trying to track me down. :)

eip if you're so inclined.

/not for bie :)
 
2012-01-07 12:26:54 AM
So the alumni are outraged about hiring a no-name coach with no ties to the school? Were they half this outraged when they found out that grown men in positions of authority and stature were allowing a child rapist to roam the campus?
 
2012-01-07 02:41:16 AM
Note the headline wording.

Penn State did not sign Bill O'Brien. Bill O'Brien agreed to be Penn State's coach.

Penn State alumni may have their ideas of who they want, but they're not getting those people. They have to realize that they are the single most thankless hire in sports: extreme risk, tiny, tiny reward. It's not about who they want. It's about who they can get. Who's willing to show up. Bill O'Brien is willing to show up, so that's who they get. They can have good coaches again when they learn to behave.
 
2012-01-07 02:51:26 PM

HulkHands: My guess: Short contract, no stipulations - fire him when a big name becomes available.


Urban Meyer will have a heart problem after a couple years, then he'll miraculously recover, and maybe he'll want to go to Penn State.

/he was named after a Pope!
 
2012-01-07 11:55:12 PM

feefifofimmy: degenerate-afro: B o'B is a Brown University alum, that's not going to sit well with the "WE ARE" crowd.

Yeah, because the LAST head coach they hired from Brown turned out to be such a bust.


Well he had a few good years but it didn't end so well.
 
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