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2014-01-01 09:30:50 AM
The Penn State freaks here in central PA are losing their minds and I'm loving every second of it.  Oh, really, the guy who learned from Bill Belichick used you as a stepping stone to get ahead?  I'm shocked!
 
2014-01-01 10:05:02 AM
How long until we get the PSU fans here to complain that the slap on the wrist that Penn State got for systematically covering up years of child rape was a ridiculous over-reaction by the NCAA?
 
2014-01-01 10:09:11 AM
He is being handed a very talented team, and let's not forget the #1 pick.  Perhaps they will consider trading Foster or Tate for more picks.
 
2014-01-01 10:10:25 AM
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Whole program should have received a two year suspension.
 
2014-01-01 10:10:46 AM

Doctor Funkenstein: The Penn State freaks here in central PA are losing their minds and I'm loving every second of it.  Oh, really, the guy who learned from Bill Belichick used you as a stepping stone to get ahead?  I'm shocked!


O'Brien did them a favor by coaching there at all. they were (are) a charity case of a program. No one wanted to take that position.
 
2014-01-01 10:12:08 AM

JohnnyRebel88: He is being handed a very talented team, and let's not forget the #1 pick.  Perhaps they will consider trading Foster or Tate for more picks.


Tate's a free agent and has said he's not coming back.  And Foster's coming off back surgery so unless you Dan Snyder good and liquored up I won't hold out much hope.
 
2014-01-01 10:18:55 AM

Lost Thought 00: Doctor Funkenstein: The Penn State freaks here in central PA are losing their minds and I'm loving every second of it.  Oh, really, the guy who learned from Bill Belichick used you as a stepping stone to get ahead?  I'm shocked!

O'Brien did them a favor by coaching there at all. they were (are) a charity case of a program. No one wanted to take that position.


I hear you.  Try telling that to the sea of PSU freaks that I live around, though.  In their minds, the greatest crime of our time is that the NCAA did anything (yeah, anything at all) to them and O'Brien should have been grateful to be there.  It's kind of like watching a tea party rally that never ends, except their spelling is a little better.
 
2014-01-01 10:39:50 AM
The butthurt on my Facebook feed is glorious.

Oh, a coach let you down, Penn State? You should be used to that!

Now, stop whining and hit the showers!
 
2014-01-01 10:49:24 AM
Texans have a solid defense but tons of offensive problems

Quarterback controversy

Aging offensive line

Primary receiver past his prime who has lost a step

Injury prone running backs

Predictable offense which will require changes


I am just wondering at the end of the day if he will keep his defensive and offensive coordinator

Wade Phillips is a great D coord but might not handle being passed over
 
2014-01-01 11:36:36 AM
O'Brien is carefully spelling out B-R-I-D-G-E-W-A-T-E-R on an index card and preparing to give Schaub the bad news.
 
2014-01-01 11:38:33 AM

FarkingReading: The butthurt on my Facebook feed is glorious.

Oh, a coach let you down, Penn State? You should be used to that!

Now, stop whining and hit the showers!


Is the rhythmic slapping going to continue?
 
2014-01-01 11:44:33 AM
O'Brien did the job he was hired for. No one wanted to get anywhere near Penn State. Now that a couple of years have passed and O'Brien kept the program from falling apart, PSU can go after a much larger group of coaches. Penn State should have nothing but gratitude for what he has done for them.

It is a bit of a shame that their season opener next season in Ireland won't be O'Brien versus O'Leary. It would be funny though if Penn State hired O'Leary away from UCF. ESPN would go into an orgasm of galactic proportions with the drama possibilities leading up to the game.
 
2014-01-01 11:55:52 AM
I imagine the recruits he lied to aren't so happy
 
2014-01-01 11:59:04 AM
Poor Wade. He thought he'd be head coach next year.
 
2014-01-01 12:14:29 PM
New England Patriots assistant from 2007 to 2011

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I'm sure he'll be every bit as successful as Daboll, McDaniels, Romeo, and Mangina. Houston fans must be pretty psyched.
 
2014-01-01 12:15:50 PM
Get the Redskins to overpay for the first draft pick with other picks and get Cousins in the deal. A developed QB ready to go on a playoff run, plus picks to address other issues.
 
2014-01-01 12:18:37 PM

meanmutton: How long until we get the PSU fans here to complain that the slap on the wrist that Penn State got for systematically covering up years of child rape was a ridiculous over-reaction by the NCAA?


Their only overreaction was handing that A-hole in Tally-ho a record he damn sure didn't deserve.  Other than that I'm OK with everything else.

And yes, the reaction here has been predictable.  I'm looking at it as he's going to a far inferior team for his talents.  I'm just glad this is over with; I've been hearing about it since Kubiak was fired.

/Gators fan, hence why I think JoePa's record shouldn't have been handed to Bowdenhole
//dad was a Jags fan, hence why I call Houston inferior
///friend of mine is a Texans fan, and he is loving this news since he called it right after Kubiak was tossed
 
2014-01-01 12:34:45 PM

EngineerAU: O'Brien did the job he was hired for. No one wanted to get anywhere near Penn State. Now that a couple of years have passed and O'Brien kept the program from falling apart, PSU can go after a much larger group of coaches. Penn State should have nothing but gratitude for what he has done for them.

It is a bit of a shame that their season opener next season in Ireland won't be O'Brien versus O'Leary. It would be funny though if Penn State hired O'Leary away from UCF. ESPN would go into an orgasm of galactic proportions with the drama possibilities leading up to the game.


Exactly my thoughts as well.  I read a local article this morning which convinced me that O'Brien was never going to be a good long-term fit as a college coach, and both coach and football program got as much out of one another as could be hoped for.

Also, I might be going to the game in Ireland.  Which would freaking rock.
 
2014-01-01 12:43:02 PM
Hey look at it this way PSU, he'll be available in three years when the Texans fire him. You can get him back then.
 
2014-01-01 12:45:18 PM
 
2014-01-01 12:45:40 PM

Doctor Funkenstein: The Penn State freaks here in central PA are losing their minds and I'm loving every second of it.  Oh, really, the guy who learned from Bill Belichick used you as a stepping stone to get ahead?  I'm shocked!


Well weren't they giving him shiat which he told them to fark off in an interview a few weeks ago? I don't blame him for leaving if people were biatching he's not doing things the Penn state way.
 
2014-01-01 12:58:34 PM
Didn't he make it pretty clear all along that he ultimately wanted to be in the NFL and didn't like all the political bullshiat that goes with being a CFB head coach?

Penn State ought to be grateful.  O'Brien not only prevented a complete collapse, but turned in a winning record.

Same with Al Golden and the idiot UM fans.
 
2014-01-01 01:25:54 PM

Doctor Funkenstein: The Penn State freaks here in central PA are losing their minds and I'm loving every second of it.  Oh, really, the guy who learned from Bill Belichick used you as a stepping stone to get ahead?  I'm shocked!


Yeah, my centre county friends on FB made it sound like they helped him... Yeah not so much. They're still sooo classy
 
2014-01-01 01:32:12 PM

thecpt: Doctor Funkenstein: The Penn State freaks here in central PA are losing their minds and I'm loving every second of it.  Oh, really, the guy who learned from Bill Belichick used you as a stepping stone to get ahead?  I'm shocked!

Yeah, my centre county friends on FB made it sound like they helped him... Yeah not so much. They're still sooo classy


I get the feeling that the next coach could handle these idiots by saying that Paterno came to him in a dream and told him to do something.  They'd probably lap it up and love the new coach.
 
2014-01-01 01:36:15 PM

EngineerAU: O'Brien did the job he was hired for. No one wanted to get anywhere near Penn State. Now that a couple of years have passed and O'Brien kept the program from falling apart, PSU can go after a much larger group of coaches. Penn State should have nothing but gratitude for what he has done for them.

It is a bit of a shame that their season opener next season in Ireland won't be O'Brien versus O'Leary. It would be funny though if Penn State hired O'Leary away from UCF. ESPN would go into an orgasm of galactic proportions with the drama possibilities leading up to the game.


They won't hire him. Penn State these days has to put a bit of scrutiny into people's resumes.
 
2014-01-01 02:14:10 PM

Doctor Funkenstein: It's kind of like watching a tea party rally that never ends, except their spelling is a little better.


Nice line, Dr.
 
2014-01-01 03:32:16 PM
Meh, not really surprised by this development. The clue was the work being done to reduce the buyout amount. Also, still get the feeling a good percentage of the Penn State fanbase hasn't really gotten over the fact they've been spoiled for 45+ years.

/Penn State alum
//JVP should have left at 30 years, IMHO
///Welcome to the new reality, Penn State, especially since JVP was one of the architects of it ('87 Fiesta Bowl against Miami)
 
2014-01-01 04:37:31 PM

steamingpile: Doctor Funkenstein: The Penn State freaks here in central PA are losing their minds and I'm loving every second of it.  Oh, really, the guy who learned from Bill Belichick used you as a stepping stone to get ahead?  I'm shocked!

Well weren't they giving him shiat which he told them to fark off in an interview a few weeks ago? I don't blame him for leaving if people were biatching he's not doing things the Penn state way.


I doubt he would have stayed any more than three years to begin with; I think O'Brien was a hot HC prospect in the NFL when he took the PSU job in the first place and anything other than consecutive 0-11 seasons and a trunk of dead hookers down in Happy Valley wouldn't have changed anything.

The fact he couldn't do things "his way" down there without slack-jawed farknuts bawwwing about JoePa and tradition only sped up his "lemme get the fark out of here" process.
 
2014-01-01 07:07:24 PM

RickyWilliams'sBong: Didn't he make it pretty clear all along that he ultimately wanted to be in the NFL and didn't like all the political bullshiat that goes with being a CFB head coach?


Then it's a damn good thing he didn't pick Cleveland.  Nothing but political bullshiat over there.  Every executive there wants to be The One that gave Cleveland a championship. And they all have different ways they want to go about it.
 
2014-01-01 08:16:38 PM

Doctor Funkenstein: The Penn State freaks here in central PA are losing their minds and I'm loving every second of it.  Oh, really, the guy who learned from Bill Belichick used you as a stepping stone to get ahead?  I'm shocked!


I must have lucked out. Not a single one of my friends have mentioned anything about O'Brien but then I'm not a huge football fan. However, I am curious if he'll take his coaches with him. I know one of the wives and I honestly would miss her if they go.
 
2014-01-01 09:26:40 PM
Well, shiat.
 
2014-01-01 10:40:28 PM
I do commend him for keeping Penn State out of the gutter, and I hope I see the next PSU coach do well. My predictions for his replacement ranked by most desired are as follows:

1) James Franklin, Vanderbilt coach. Hey he made a doormat into a respectable program.
2) Greg Schiano, former Rutgers and Buccaneers coach. Again made a doormat into a respectable program but failed in the NFL so he will likely return to college.
3) Mike Munchak, Titans coach. PA native like Franklin amazingly enough and I can't remember what his fate with the Tennessee Titans is.
4) Greg Roman, 49ers defensive coordinator. Keep the potential offensive juggernaut that Penn State could have become if he recruits well enough.
5) Al Golden, Miami Hurricanes coach. Former Penn State player, he might listen.
 
2014-01-01 11:27:55 PM
..and the Buccaneers have hired Lovie Smith for HC
 
2014-01-02 08:48:55 AM
I live in State College and nearly everyone I know is appreciative of Bill O'Brien and what he did for the community as a whole. I wish him well in Texas.
 
2014-01-02 08:59:33 AM

lexnaturalis: I live in State College and nearly everyone I know is appreciative of Bill O'Brien and what he did for the community as a whole. I wish him well in Texas.


I appreciate what he did. Larry Johnson should hold the ship down and maybe who knows, he should get a chance if we don't find somebody right away.
 
2014-01-02 09:39:43 AM
Thanks, Coach, for doing what you did for the program.  I wish you'd been more honest to your players and recruits, but it's a tough balancing act you had to perform.  Nobody with any sanity thought you'd be at PSU for the long haul anyway, but we'd hoped you'd stay a bit longer.  Which brings me to...  a hearty fark you to the lunatic Paterno loyalists that are willing to torpedo the program and hasten the departure of a great coach just to prop up the hollow memories of a dead man.  Did Joe do great things? Sure.  Did he build the program? Sure.  But he's gone, disgraced, and because of things he did (or didn't do) the program was in tatters.  He built it, but he played a big role in bringing it down.  It's time for those Joebots to accept that, move on, and stop trying to make the new coach into another Paterno.  Embrace new ideas and new ways of doing things, or the program will die because nobody worth a damn will want to coach it.

/farking morons
//joe knew and did too little
///so did those other assholes
 
2014-01-02 11:42:37 AM

kdawg7736: I do commend him for keeping Penn State out of the gutter, and I hope I see the next PSU coach do well. My predictions for his replacement ranked by most desired are as follows:

1) James Franklin, Vanderbilt coach. Hey he made a doormat into a respectable program.
2) Greg Schiano, former Rutgers and Buccaneers coach. Again made a doormat into a respectable program but failed in the NFL so he will likely return to college.
3) Mike Munchak, Titans coach. PA native like Franklin amazingly enough and I can't remember what his fate with the Tennessee Titans is.
4) Greg Roman, 49ers defensive coordinator. Keep the potential offensive juggernaut that Penn State could have become if he recruits well enough.
5) Al Golden, Miami Hurricanes coach. Former Penn State player, he might listen.


Franklin would be a good choice, but he can get a better job at this point.   PSU probably doesn't want to deal with a dirtbag like Schiano. Roman will be up for an NFL job soon.

Golden and Munchak seem like the obvious candidates.
 
2014-01-02 11:45:25 AM

IlGreven: RickyWilliams'sBong: Didn't he make it pretty clear all along that he ultimately wanted to be in the NFL and didn't like all the political bullshiat that goes with being a CFB head coach?

Then it's a damn good thing he didn't pick Cleveland.  Nothing but political bullshiat over there.  Every executive there wants to be The One that gave Cleveland a championship. And they all have different ways they want to go about it.


Nobody worth having is going to pick Cleveland after the Chudzinski firing.
 
2014-01-02 01:47:22 PM

lexnaturalis: I live in State College and nearly everyone I know is appreciative of Bill O'Brien and what he did for the community as a whole. I wish him well in Texas.


Same here.  Sad to see him go, but I wish him the best and thank him for what he did for PSU. He did it with class and respect, even with the local window-lickers calling for "JoePa's Way" (and there are a lot less of those people than you'd think; they just happen to be loud and lead by some rich alumni (looking at you, Franco)).

I'm hoping Larry Johnson sticks around.  Hopefully they go with someone personable that can relate to the players and fans (i.e. not-Schiano), but I don't think much of anything is going to get better than it currently is until we get an actual Athletic Director (rather than a retired orthopaedic surgeon who's only there to play C.Y.A. and kiss ass to the BoT).
 
2014-01-02 02:39:10 PM

abmoraz: Hopefully they go with someone personable that can relate to the players and fans (i.e. not-Schiano)


Amen.  But I also hope that whomever they hire... that the new coach does things his own way and makes it clear up front that it's HIS team and not JoePa's and that any similarities between his program and Joe's are strictly coincidental.
 
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