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LaVar Arrington ‘slightly miffed’ over O’Brien hiring

And by “slightly miffed” I mean “vehemently opposed”, of course.

If you haven’t heard by now, reports surfaced Thursday night that Bill O’Brien has been offered and accepted the Penn State head-coaching position.  The current offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots is expected to be officially introduced as the new coach as early as today, but more than likely tomorrow.

O’Brien’s name didn’t come into the mix publicly until this past weekend, and his hiring has not gone over well with some members of Nittany Lions Nation.  One of the more vocal members has been LaVar Arrington, the former PSU All-American and current Washington D.C. radio host.

Arrington took to Twitter Friday morning and ripped his alma mater, emotionally venting the feelings that, based on my emails and Twitter timeline, is certainly shared by others:

Arrington went even further in an interview with BlueWhiteIllustrated.com, making it perfectly clear that a big reason for his reaction is that his allegiances lie with the interim head coach of the Nittany Lions.

“I will put my Butkus (Award) in storage. I will put my Alamo Bowl MVP trophy in storage,” Arrington told the website this morning. “Jerseys, anything Penn State, in storage. Wherever Tom Bradley goes, that’s the school I will start to put memorabilia up in my home. I’m done. I’m done with Penn State. If they’re done with us, I’m done with them. …

“By these people making the decisions the way that they are making them, basically coinciding with everything that’s being written about our university, if they get rid of Tom Bradley, that means they in essence have accepted the fact that we are all guilty. You might as well call it all the same thing.”

Arrington wasn’t the only former Nittany Lion who feels the O’Brien hiring shafts the man who they feel truly deserves the job — Bradley.

“I don’t want to be affiliated with the university,” former All-American linebacker Brandon Short said, “if they don’t choose a Penn State guy because of our standards, our graduation, all the things that have been important… it’s no longer Penn State, so we might as well be in the SEC. They are intent on turning it into a booster culture. Ira Lubert went out and purchased a national title with wrestling and he’s under the illusion that he can do that in football. Well, ask (Redskins owner) Dan Snyder about that.”

“Penn State is a family and it is real and if they choose to get rid of Bradley and not hire a Penn State coach, then they’ve turned their backs on our entire family.

Look, I have no idea whether this will be a good, bad or indifferent hire, but could people at least give O’Brien a game or two to screw up and/or lose before vilifying him?  It’s understandable why some connected to the school see the job of head football coach as “better” than an O’Brien hire, but the scandal that’s rocked Happy Valley has obviously dictated otherwise.

Certainly the university is culpable on multiple levels when it comes to the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal, but, as it specifically relates to the search for Joe Paterno‘s replacement, it’s hard to find fault with them identifying an individual with no connection to the past who’s actually willing to step into the quagmire that is currently Penn State football.

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  1. lemmam says: Jan 6, 2012 10:02 AM

    psu had to go the route of a head coach with no prior attachment to the school. this is a good choice, especially for the psu opponents

  2. bigjdve says: Jan 6, 2012 10:04 AM

    Why is he miffed? Wasn’t he the one that said that Paterno should go on his radio show? What does he want them to do now?

  3. burntorangehorn says: Jan 6, 2012 10:06 AM

    JT, it’s entirely possible that Arrington thinks Paterno got a raw deal, which he probably did.

  4. skeefe1976 says: Jan 6, 2012 10:07 AM

    Does anyone out there really give a damn what LaVar Arrington thinks? Give O’Brien credit for having the brass b*lls for taking over such a mess. Doesn’t appear many others out there with “big” names had the guts to take over a shinking ship and try to get it afloat again. I hope O’Brien has success and turns down Arrington when he comes calling for Rose Bowl credentials in years to come.

  5. cereal blogger says: Jan 6, 2012 10:09 AM

    PSU grad/alum/fan here…willing to give O’Brien a shot. Ashamed at my fellow alum for blasting this guy….Im sure JoePa is proud

  6. dirtyharry1971 says: Jan 6, 2012 10:11 AM

    Good for Arrington, at least he is honest which is saying something as far as penn state alum go these days. We are, NO MORE!! Love it!!

  7. woebegong says: Jan 6, 2012 10:14 AM

    PSU got the best coach they could get, considering all that has occurred this year. They were not realistic in expecting to pull in a big name coach, because it is going to be a steep run up the hill for a couple of years for PSU. If this guy can produce a half decent team for the next couple of years and let this whole mess run it’s course through the legal system and whatever the NCAA might throw against them, he will have done an amazing job. The expectations of luring a Peterson from Boise or a head coach from the NFL,were not realistic. As a OC from a highly successful NFL team, this guy will be OK as long as he can get some strong assistants on board and make the best of the talent they will be able to recruit for the next couple of years. The athletic Dept. will have to support him very much though and not place unrealistic demands and goals on the football team. In a lot of ways, PSU is going to be like a team that just moved up from FCS to FBS and it will take a few years to get back level in recruiting. I hope he is a good recruiter also.

  8. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 6, 2012 10:29 AM

    Wow. Imagine that. Mr. Arrington has the same views about PSU as I do.
    Hmm, he says: ” they can have their corrupt/disgusting school they created”

    I have been calling his alma mater the same thing and calling them corrupt and the good ol perv club and now some of this “schools” most revered athletes are on board as well.

    Happy Perv Valley searched high and low for a new coach to replace the old croonie who protected and aided a sicko, however after numerous back door(no pun intended) rejections they finally found a nobody/fool who will now forever be associated with a corrupt/perverted “school”

    This place of corruptness from the higher ups to the coaching staff allowed, condoned, and covered up long history of sicko abuse perpetuated by a coaching staff member and longtime buddy of the old over the hill head coach who knew and yet said NOTHING. This head coach allowed this to continue, and the school allowed it to continue until the public outside of Perverted State University found out.

    This new coach will at least have low expectations. The old coach was revered for decades of mediocrity, so a winning record every now and then is acceptable to earn icon status. However if he wants to be adored, praised, and loved, then he must become like the old cronies and aid in victimization. Because the morally deprived “students” at that wacko/sicko school rioted and cried for that old sicko coach

  9. burntorangehorn says: Jan 6, 2012 10:38 AM

    skeefe, what “shinking ship”? Sandusky was reportedly not part of the program when these things happened, and therefore not under the purview of the NCAA, so it’s a stretch to think that NCAA sanctions could happen. Really, what NCAA violations took place? Sandusky wasn’t involved in anything NCAA-related at the time. Those who were culpable (McQueary, the AD, etc.) will pay, as will some who probably weren’t (Paterno? Bradley?) have or will as well. All that really has to happen is the right kind of house-cleaning–that is, firing anyone remotely culpable. That and the attempts to make things right with the victims, community, and alumni are things that’ll be the responsibility of administrators at various levels, not the coach.

  10. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jan 6, 2012 10:53 AM

    “Penn State is a family and it is real and if they choose to get rid of Bradley and not hire a Penn State coach, then they’ve turned their backs on our entire family.”

    Isn’t this the main part of the problem? Someone did something wrong and the “family” had their back by covering up or not following up on critical information?

    How many coaches turned down even interviewing for the job? Be happy you have anyone outside of the “family” that wanted to take on the burden.

  11. leftcoastnative says: Jan 6, 2012 11:06 AM

    How shameful of these individuals not to realize that the “Penn State family” is dysfunctional and has engaged in serious acts to harbor and to protect an individual who has been named more than once as a child abuser.

    How would these former players feel towards the “Penn State family” if it was their sons or daughters who were abused by one of their former coaches?

  12. namriverrat69 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:17 AM

    I think it was a good choice to bring in someone with no connections with the previous staff and school administrators.

    They looked at so many great coaches who wouldn’t touch that job. As the list neared the bottom they settled on someone who can hopefully bring respectability to the school. Whatever the football team does, unfortunately the stain will still be there for years to come.

    Other than the trajedy of all this Joe Pa is a trajedy within himself. This could very well break him. He may not live out until the end of the trials and humiliation. In spite of his contribution to the situation there and it appears he is guilty of ignoring the one crime in particular over the years, I feel sorry for him. He thought doing the right thing in protecting the Penn State name and his career was the right thing to do. At least now he understands how wrong he was and how many children were molested as a result of his inaction. He could end up a pitiful character.

  13. wegonnadoitbaby says: Jan 6, 2012 11:24 AM

    I understand exactly what Arrington is saying and his thoughts have plenty of merit….but like it or not College Football is a revenue producing business model. As happens sometimes in the world at large, if someone in authority engages in illegal and or scandalous behavior and it is uncovered, the organization in question will often replace them with an outsider, and often there will be collateral damage to other people’s career goals. It’s not always fair, but it usually is the right decision for the business.

    As Penn State, fair or not, has been painted with a very large brush as morally corrupt, not just the Program, but Happy Valley as a whole, going outside for the hire is the only decision they can make, respective of the results produced by this individual.

  14. thegamecocker says: Jan 6, 2012 11:30 AM

    Temple was far better than PSU this year and last year as well. Paterno running it up on Rutgers’ back in ’91 having his QB throw deep for a TD when already up by 40 points and then yelling at Doug Graber, the RU HC afterward. Hey Joe….everything that goes around comes around!

  15. Tony says: Jan 6, 2012 11:36 AM

    This is the very insular attitude Penn State hasn’t gotten into this mess – and why O’Brien’s failure will be a self-fulfilling prophesy for the “Penn State Family”:

    http://dailybigten.com/2012/01/06/bill-obrien-is-destined-to-fail/

  16. fmlizard says: Jan 6, 2012 11:41 AM

    Being furious at the new administration for doing what they had to do…cleaning house, hiring someone with no connection to the school, etc. instead of Sandusky and the enablers who caused the mess is like a mom being mad at the judge for sending her murdering son to prison.

  17. jomar3120 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:42 AM

    The blind emotional allegiance displayed by Arrington is one of the basic underlying reasons why Penn State allowed a rapist to continue perpetrating his crimes until a victim spoke up. The school and its supporters should be grateful it even has a football program.

  18. mcfroinuggets says: Jan 6, 2012 11:43 AM

    I don’t think you necessarily have to go with a Penn State Guy. People forget that JoePa came on as an assistant to Penn State after graduating from Brown. This hire wasn’t their first choice; they went after Petersen, Munchak, and a handful of other qualified coaches who wouldn’t take the job. You have to get separation from the status quo, and like it or not, Tom Bradley is a part of that by association. Give O’Brien a chance to show what he can do; vilify him for his performance on the field.

  19. tobeexact says: Jan 6, 2012 12:18 PM

    This is for lavar, first of all you didn’t stick by your school when the scandal broke nor did you stick by joe pa and the penn state brand that got you a multi million dollar nfl contract.
    And speaking of the nfl you didn’t do didly against the big boys ,a sub par nfl career. And to call the entire school corrupt and a perv , disgusting university just goes to show you were not a part of that family and never will be , your as spineless as espn and the Bot ,but now want to back bradley . So which is it lavar the whole university including bradley who was there the entire time , or is it no one in DC listens to you so you figure by bashing penn state the school you.day you loved , you will get heard just like the idiots at espn and the other media that ran a story that still has no proven facts as far as anyone being guilty of anything.
    Unlike you , true penn staters like franco harris and matt mille who immediatly stood by there school and bashed the media and the only people who covered anything up , the BOT and were the only ones that could have stopped candidly from entering the campus .
    So dont even claim to be a penn stater, when your nothing but a me me guy.
    Maybe you need another four years of college before your talk out your as___: about who did what and when and who actually followed the law. I bet you think mcquery is a stand up guy. As for the idiot on here who agrees with you and only knows how to cut and paste the same comment over and over again hes probably a sandusky fan and a fudge packer.

  20. cbass59 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:22 PM

    It’s a tough situation for PSU. On one hand you want to clean house, which may be unfair to Bradley. But then again, did Bradley know anything? At minimum he had to think it strange that JoePa’s heir-apperent just quit all of a sudden. I’m not saying Bradley is guilty of anything but it’s not unreasonable to think he also looked the other way or did not follow up with the rumors.

    Still, did PSU try hard enough to get a “PSU guy”. This hire seems like a temporary hire.

    As an OSU fan, I do feel bad for the fans and current players who were not involved with the crimes. But, we’ll happily welcome any more recruits who want to play for Urban.

  21. tobeexact says: Jan 6, 2012 12:30 PM

    Im a penn state fan and if they did infact hire this guy then im just as pissed off, but im not going to bash the entire inquiry its students , faculty and the state of PA.
    I bet lavar probably thought the mayor of Dc being voted back in was a great thing especially since he was a crack head and hooker loving fool and still is,but that joe pa should have been fired , because he made the same statement he has made for 46 years when asked by the media , do you think you should have done more , and hegave his typical response after every game ,could I have done more maybe ,do i wish i could have maybe.

  22. pudgalvin says: Jan 6, 2012 12:51 PM

    See, I probably would have aired my disgust with Penn St. after the whole “coach was raping little boys in the locker room and everybody knew about it” fiasco, not when they’re hiring a new coach. But then again, I’m not part of the Penn St. family.

  23. dkhhuey says: Jan 6, 2012 12:52 PM

    Man – the PSU saga just keeps getting more and more mired in an abyss of tar. Seems the PSU family, including some fat wallet donors aren’t all that excited about this hire.

    I didn’t think there was a chance in hell that any member of the current football staff had a legitimate shot at taking over for Joe Pa! The toxic cloud of the Sandusky scandal is thick to allow that to happen. The only way they can begin to get through this is to burn it down and start building from scratch.

    It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the criteria for him being offered the job is to bring in an entirely new staff.

  24. eagleswineagleswin says: Jan 6, 2012 12:58 PM

    PSU is an embarassment.

  25. Deb says: Jan 6, 2012 1:01 PM

    I commented the other day that it seemed PSU was in a frenzy to hire any available NFL assistant rather than taking time to make a thoughtful decision. Since the job has been vacant two months, some suggested they have taken time. The job’s been vacant two months, but the season doesn’t truly end until Tuesday. It just seemed Penn State wasn’t taking a Big Picture perspective.

    The school has to rebuild its program and its image and hold its team together through what’s sure to be a difficult time ahead that probably will include future sanctions. The new coach will have to bring in all new people, but still keep faith with the PSU brand. He’s going to need the support of the alumni and former star players. The Code of Silence/Paterno Power Base that helped shield Sandusky is what’s tainted, not the history and tradition of the team itself.

    The new coach has to be able to recruit in this difficult environment, and that’s a hand’s-on process in college ball. Pro coaches without college experience aren’t necessarily good recruiters. That’s life or death for a program in good circumstances, let alone a situation like this.

    Maybe O’Brien’s the guy. But as we’ve seen with McDaniels and Weiss, being able to call plays for the most talented, most disciplined professional quarterback of a generation doesn’t necessarily make you a great head coach.

  26. phelbin says: Jan 6, 2012 1:10 PM

    People have very short memories. If O’Brien comes in and goes 8-4 and takes them to a bowl game, he’ll be “their guy” by this time next year.

  27. John says: Jan 6, 2012 1:19 PM

    Agree with the fact that PSU had to go outside of institution for new coach, given breadth of the scandal. Not sure where Lavar is coming from – very naive. However, on a pure football note, going with a Patriots coordinator spells doom for the football program. For all of the Patriots success, not one coordinator has consistently delivered in their collegiate or professional promotion. Don’t expect this situation to be any different. Patriots success is a concoction of Bill Belichick – the coordinators are along for the ride.

  28. mvp43 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:21 PM

    I don’t know who the hell PSU fans (or ex-players) thought they were going to get as a coach………Its not like this is a destination spot for name brand coaches to begin with. The entire program is a mess and this is just the tip of the iceberg. There will be years of lawsuits that will affect recruiting. Any big time coach knows this, and purposely kept his name out of the hat.

  29. thegamecocker says: Jan 6, 2012 1:24 PM

    They could have selected Mike Leach or Rodriguez. It appears that PSU is suffering nuclear fallout at this time. As one scriber penned, “For all of the Patriot success, non one coordinator has consistently delivered in their collegiate and professional promotion.” Well, there you have it! Close to 60 years of JoePa and “we are penn st” down the proverbial drain.

  30. celmclm1 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:47 PM

    How could any member of that board have the guts to hire anyone that might have been linked to the biggest story ever to come out of college football? IMHO they are doing the right thing by hiring an outside guy, everyone knows that you don’t want to be the first guy to follow a legend like Joe Pa so maybe in a few yeras they can hire a Penn State guy and all will be ok in Happy Valley!

  31. tk1966 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:49 PM

    Its odd how obnoxious guy goes out of his way to find any article on PSU to bash the school, and everything about the school (not just the Sandusky scandal and / or material relevant to the the article). I’m beginning to think the young man (I use the phrase loosely here) has a personal axe to grind with the school. Former classmate stole his prom date, and then not only went to school there but was BMOC, maybe even played for the Lions football team, married the prom date, went on to have a happy marriage, successful life, while obnoxious went on to be a miserable failure living in his grandma’s basement, bitter cause the other guy stole the girl and the life that should have been his, causing a hatred of everything to do with the guy, including his school? Perhaps. Maybe his big brother who torments him mercilessly (yes, obviously easy to do), giving him wet-willies and noogies and teases him for his obvious lack of skills, both mental and social, goes to PSU. Maybe the cute little girl he sat next to in health class, the one he fantasized about while showering, the one who laughed at him when he asked her to prom, the one who shot down his false impression of his own manhood goes there. Or maybe it is as simple as him being a life-long PSU fan, walls adorned with blue and white, posters of the team winning the titles in the 80s, stacks of game programs by his bed, dreams of playing for the team someday, dreams shattered when his admissions application was rejected, both due to substandard academics and not needing another student manager for the football team (since the 4th string high school player had no chance of being a playing member of the team), turning him into an excuse filled and hate filled bitter young man. I’m sure he will either attempt the play-ground days comeback of “thats your story about you” or try to make it a tale of hating the school due to the scandal and by extension hating everything to do with the school. But those with sufficient logic skills know that is too easy of a cover-up as well as being petty and immature (kinda like stepping on your neighbors flower because their dog once barked at you). We may never know the real sad story.

  32. LogicalConsideration says: Jan 6, 2012 1:53 PM

    PSU fans, regardless of what you think about the scandal and the respective culpability of the various coaches and administrators, this is actually a GOOD thing for the long term health of the PSU football program. Hear me out.

    Thanks to a happenstance of birth and educational choices, I am an Alabama football fan and Carolina basketball fan. I know what it is like for a school to replace a legend. I love the non-conference rivalry between the Tide and PSU. Like most Tide fans, I have a long respect for JoePa and PSU. Sad as how things have turned out, I hope for a rapid return to greatness for PSU. College football is better for it. Now, on to my main point.

    It is a universal truth that anytime a legend leaves a major college program, whether willingly or unwillingly, there is ALWAYS a drop off in winning, usually pretty significantly.

    When Bear Bryant retired (and died a few months later), Bama had to suffer through 4 years of mediocre (by our standards) performance by a former Bryant player, Ray Perkins, before Bill Curry (no Bama ties) came in and BEGAN to restore order. Even Curry was run out for losing to Auburn. It took a former player for The Bear, Gene Stallings for order to finally be restored, winning a national title TEN YEARS after Bear retired. When Stallings retired, it took 3 coaches and another 10 years before Saban arrived and restored order.

    When Dean Smith retired in 1997 from Carolina, he made one of his few mistakes—he set it up so long-time assistant Bill Guthridge replaced him. I liked Guthridge and he was/is a good guy, but that was a disaster. Recruiting deteriorated dramatically. We tried again with Matt Dougherty, a former player for Dean. That was a catastrophe as well, though he did recruit well. His personality just wasn’t ready to hire the crush of expectations. Roy Williams finally came to coach 6 years after Dean retired and two years later, we won a national title.

    The near-impossibility of keeping a program at the top after a legend leaves means that you would have been doing Bradley no favors in hiring him. The next coach was/is almost destined for mediocrity or outright failure that leads to firing in 3-4 years. I think part of the dynamic is that we as fans and alums all have too high of expectations for replacements. The first replacement basically has to absorb the body blows so that fan expectations get lowered in order that a subsequent replacement coach can have the time to actually build up a program that can last.

    So, painful as it is, the best a fan base can do is endure. Remember the good times and consider the next 3-6 seasons as a time in which you have to pay a karmic debt for all of the good times before and good times to come. I promise you, when that next national title comes, and it WILL come, you will appreciate it and enjoy it far more than had there been no suffering before. And, if the timing is right and the performance has been right elsewhere, you still have ample time to hire Bradley or another coach with ties to PSU.

  33. psuravens19 says: Jan 6, 2012 2:04 PM

    I actually forgot Lavar went and played at Penn State until this article… If Lavar wants to turn in all his meaningless trophies, let him.

    For former players and Alumni to completely give up on the University is a disgrace. PSU is going through one of if not the biggest scandals in history, so it should not be a surprise that the BOT want to rid the program of everybody and bring in fresh blood. Is that fair, no; but something that needs to be done.

    Give O’Brien a chance, I already respect him for two reasons: 1) Taking this job, 2) B**ch slapping Tom Brady on the sidelines!

    Signed,

    PSU Alum 2002

  34. goforthanddie says: Jan 6, 2012 2:10 PM

    No loss, I’m sure he did jack squat for PSU except take their scholarship.

  35. bangitfootball says: Jan 6, 2012 2:18 PM

    Hey Lavarr, its nice that your loyal to Bradley but give OBrien a break. It takes a lot of b%%# to take this job after a) what happened there and b) look who hes following. Not easy and a huge risk to leave a QB like Brady and the Patriots.

  36. mgscott says: Jan 6, 2012 2:19 PM

    What is the big deal ? Rich Rodriguez didn’t have ties to Michigan and they played really well.

  37. winstonps says: Jan 6, 2012 2:29 PM

    PSURaven,

    You forgot the best player at the school while you attended went there? Great football fan you are.

  38. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 6, 2012 2:37 PM

    WoW
    I had no idea that TK1966 had such low self esteem and heshe’s tender feelings crush so easily just because facts are pointed out about heshe’s school and her “backdoor” idols.

    Unable to rationally find some sort of reason to justify her blind loyalty to a program that condones perversion and coverups, heshe panties get in a bunch and heshe resorts to junior high school personal typical “your a rat face toad!” attacks.

    Thank you for proving to us all why you are such a loyal and diehard Sandusky and JoePa. Because you are an obvious Perverted State University attendee(didn’t say graduate). I’m sorry you miss your shower partner but don’t worry, you can always petition for conjugal visits

  39. hdmoyer says: Jan 6, 2012 2:37 PM

    These former players need to shut their mouths. First, I am a lifelong PSU fan. With that said if Paterno knew what was going on and you think Bradley didn’t well than they are just lying or plain stupid. PSU had to cut ties with the whole coaching staff and start fresh. I think it’s just dumb when these guys say he’s not a Penn State guy…duh…that’s what they are going for you dumb arses. I personally think Obrien was a great hire. Adam Schefter said he is highly regarded in the NFL and was on the verge of being a NFL coach.

  40. psuravens19 says: Jan 6, 2012 3:12 PM

    winstonps says:
    Jan 6, 2012 2:29 PM

    PSURaven,

    You forgot the best player at the school while you attended went there? Great football fan you are.

    _____________________________

    You obviously didn’t get my point.

  41. bdawk20 says: Jan 6, 2012 3:30 PM

    Sorry LaVar and Brandon – PSU is bigger than both of you, try to find other ways to stay relevant. O’Brien is one of the few who would have taken the job and he has most of the alumni’s support (Joyner, on the other hand, is unqualified as an AD, but that is not O’Brien’s fault).

  42. klownboy says: Jan 6, 2012 3:54 PM

    Hell, if I were a Penn State alum, I’d be pissed too.

    (memo to klownboy: this is your one and only warning to stop pimping your website here. Sincerely, The Management)

  43. jason1214 says: Jan 6, 2012 4:22 PM

    Dear Penn St NFL Alums,
    Stop whining, nobody cares what you think. Clearly.

  44. takingbovadasmoney says: Jan 6, 2012 4:23 PM

    the alums are pi$$ed because Joyner did not consult them and did not consider Bradley. One blame Joyner, not O’Brien. Two, Bradley is tainted, rightly or wrongly, by the Sandusky scandal. No way he was getting the job. Sounds like the alums are trying to use too much influence. At least Rich Rod had a game before Michigan alum ran him out.

  45. solomon151 says: Jan 6, 2012 4:30 PM

    Some of you don’t know what your talking about. When this scandal first broke la’var was on air defending psu and joe pa. Even though I didn’t agree with him, he stood by his school. I really don’t know why or even care why he’s so upset. But for some of you to say he hasn’t stood up for his school is completely false. And for that guy that had something to say about Marion Barry, please know this. Our city wasn’t in debt, kids had jobs, and he never stole a dime from our tax payers. The crack and the chick was paid for out of his own pocket. I grew up with his son and seen first hand the great things he had done for our city. And still do to this day. So know what your talking about before you try to make a joke about him.

  46. pastabelly says: Jan 6, 2012 7:31 PM

    If a non-family member like Urban Meyer were hired, Arrington wouldn’t have said a word. If he had any balls, he’d just say that he wanted a PSU guy OR someone with a big time profile.

  47. profootballwalk says: Jan 6, 2012 8:16 PM

    Who did they think they’d get to coach at Boy Rape State? Are you going to promote the Boy Rape State defensive coordinator? Blame Paterno for this. He could have prevented it, but he cared more about his own reputation. This is, if he wasn’t just senile. Until they clean house and start over, Boy Rape State will be the reputation. Forever.

  48. ed289 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:09 PM

    Seems like Arrington is a bit of a drama queen. They inquired whether Munchak wanted the job -he didn’t. If Arrington wanted the job he should have applied. If one of these holier than thou “letterman” wanted the job they should just say so. Give O’Brien a chance – open a window and let some fresh air in.

  49. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Jan 7, 2012 1:11 AM

    Rich Rod 2.0

  50. dietrich43 says: Jan 7, 2012 8:10 AM

    I liked Short, never liked Arrington, but they both are showing they have no clue.

  51. woebegong says: Jan 7, 2012 8:28 AM

    Part of healing and moving on, is to correct your wrongs, admit your wrongs, and try to move forward with a clean slate. That appears to be what PSU’s admin. has tried to do. I don’t think they had any choice but to move on, with a fresh start, if they are ever again going to establish a good rep., recruit the athletes they need to compete at a high level, and move on from this bad point in history, a new coach, from outside the family (?), is what is needed. I think they made the right choice in going outside of their circle and get a coach. You would have to be crazy to think, that hiring Bradley as HC, with his ties to Sandusky and being that close to the scandal , is going to heal the hurt that has been done. That would probably be a slap in my opinion, to all of the victims of the crime that was committed at PSU. He will most likely not have any great seasons anyway for about 3-4 years until the whole mess runs the legal system,and time has some healing affect. It is time for a new start completely, not a half start. Ignoring it, will not make it go away, but trying to move on, even as the courts are weighting in, indicates you are trying to recover your reputation. No school is bigger or it’s alumni more important, than the abused kids and recognizing you did wrong and trying to make amends.

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