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Bill O’Brien receives an extension, now with PSU through 2020

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Bill O’Brien hasn’t coached Penn State to one win yet, but he’s being rewarded as if he’s already led the Nittany Lions to an undefeated season.

A document obtained by the Centre Daily Times shows that an agreement between O’Brien and Penn State was reached in his initial contract in January that dealt with NCAA punishment. It reads:

“Any sanction by the NCAA of a) loss of scholarships or b) bowl eligibility due to the actions of the previous staff or lack of institutional control prior to 2012 will immediately result in an automatic extension of coach’s contract at 2016 total compensation and bonus package in years equal to the number of years of the sanctions.”

In this case, it’s a four-year extension of O’Brien’s contract now that the NCAA has levied severe penalties against the program that include a $60 million fine, postseason ban and scholarship reduction. O’Brien confirmed as much to ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” Wednesday.

O’Brien was originally signed through 2016. Given that Penn State will be operating as a glorified FCS team for the foreseeable future, the extension is only fair.

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21 Responses to “Bill O’Brien receives an extension, now with PSU through 2020”
  1. mountaineer50415 says: Jul 25, 2012 8:20 PM

    Great!!! Four more years. Is that good for coach or PSU???

  2. iloveflorio says: Jul 25, 2012 8:20 PM

    Omg I know!! FCS school totally!! Poor penn state now all they have is a 100k seat stadium and world class facilities, just like the rest of the FCS schools! Ur so knowledgable I see why ur an expert!!

  3. Ben Kercheval says: Jul 25, 2012 8:22 PM

    “Ur so knowledgable I see why ur an expert!!”

    Ur two kind!!

  4. spreadthecheese says: Jul 25, 2012 8:24 PM

    Penn State gets hit with $60 million in fines from the NCAA, then $13 million from the Big Ten. Add to that price tag another likely $100 million in civil suits…

    Penn State better hope O’Brien works out as a head coach because, if he doesn’t, it’ll be a nice chunk of change to buy out a contract that far down the line.

    But what’s a quarter of a billion dollars these days anyway, right?

  5. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 25, 2012 8:44 PM

    Freeh report amended for factual errors:

    The original Freeh report states that Curley met with Sandusky in 1998, after campus police and state child welfare authorities launched an investigation that resulted in no criminal charges. Today’s correction notes that that meeting actually took place in 2001.

    All that changes is proof that curley may have not known bout 1998 and also that THE FREEH REPORT IS CLEARLY NOT A THOROUGH AND OBJECTIVE REPORT.

  6. jdh1016j says: Jul 25, 2012 8:49 PM

    O’brien knows what he’s doing. 3 years of 1-2 wins and the rest of the contract he gets paid to go away and relax on the beach.

  7. pastabelly says: Jul 25, 2012 8:51 PM

    He’s a fool for taking the job without an escape clause for what amounts to a death penalty.

  8. tweeter75 says: Jul 25, 2012 8:51 PM

    Time will tell what kind of coach O’Brien will be. Penn State had better hope he doesn’t fall into the category of the other Pats assistants that left New England for head coaching jobs……Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, Josh McDaniels, Eric Mangini. They were all collosal busts after they left the Belichick system.

    Charlie Weis is arguably the biggest and most overrated college football head coaching bust in FBS history.

    Hopefully when Minnesota plays Penn State we won’t have to sit through interviews with O’Brien gushing over Tom Brady like we did when Weis was at Notre Dame.

  9. mungman69 says: Jul 25, 2012 8:52 PM

    Young boys were RAPED.

  10. rajbais says: Jul 25, 2012 9:10 PM

    Whoa! Charlie Weis couldn’t even do that!!!

  11. j0esixpack says: Jul 25, 2012 9:22 PM

    That makes more sense… I couldn’t understand why he would have agreed to a contract without an out provision in the case of suspension.mm

    Turns out he traded an out for a few extra million and soke damn good job security.

    Seems like a fair deal in return for some stability in the program.

  12. chuckmuncie says: Jul 25, 2012 9:32 PM

    Instead of having a contract that was extended in case of sanctions, he should of had an escapes clause. When Penn State starts to turn the corner in 7 to 8 years, they are going to fire this guy and get the hottest coach going to get them back to “glory”. WE ARE PEDO STATE!

  13. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 25, 2012 9:52 PM

    Original chuck. Very original
    I used to think you were a good running back. You dissapoint

  14. rcali says: Jul 25, 2012 10:18 PM

    He did have a good offseason. This guy can really recruit 2 & 3 star players.

  15. jerseypatriot76 says: Jul 25, 2012 11:11 PM

    Note to Ben, the iloveflorio comment was lame, but there was no need for your juvenile response. Rule number one, don’t insult the customers.

  16. j0esixpack says: Jul 26, 2012 12:21 AM

    That little clause earned O’Brien $9.2 million when they handed down the sanctions.

    Not bad

  17. rajbais says: Jul 26, 2012 12:43 AM

    I was joking at first, but this is a good gesture for him.

    You see people?

    With a death penalty you prevent fair chances for people who rightfully earned them!

    This extension is a good lesson for all of us!

  18. dkhhuey says: Jul 26, 2012 8:02 AM

    Probably the smartest move this university’s leadership has made in 14 years! I’ve been listening to B’OB over the last few days and he has been impressive! I’m not sure how he will perform over the next few years but he seems to have his act together and is the man PSU needs at the helm right now.

  19. klownboy says: Jul 26, 2012 9:38 AM

    They better have hooked up O’Brien with an extension. Hell, he was loyal by not running for the hills after everything hit the fan…

  20. txstatebobcats1868 says: Jul 26, 2012 12:47 PM

    Thats a shame, I hear Bobby Petrino is looking for a job…

  21. gfj7000 says: Jul 29, 2012 8:07 PM

    I am happy for the deal of (8) years through 2020 for O’Brien. Heck – how bad could he be if he has been in the NFL (even though he was with Belichick) and other CFB teams? I think it is honorable to the school and the players that he even took the job. He’ll be paid handsomely, but my goodness, he will probably have the most difficult task to manage for the coming year and beyond – especially pulling the team out of the pit of hell, and reshaping the team that has already LOST many top-notch players and changing the team & school’s image. (Yes – no escape clause is a considerable issue as well)
    I’m enjoying this type of set of article comments on this subject rather than seeing all the ‘hate mail with mud & dung’ on blaming PATERNO ONLY, instead of reading the Freeh report thoroughly to find that it was more focused on the BIG FOUR, and not even mentioning the BIGGEST CRIMINAL of all – SANDUSTKY. I’m glad we’re done with all of that stuff. O’Brien, no doubt – will be the BIG MAN on campus moving forward.

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