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Bill O’Brien insists money wasn’t a factor for staying at PSU

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Along with Oregon coach Chip Kelly, Penn State’s Bill O’Brien was considered one of the  more desirable NFL coaching candidates at the college level. However, both will stay in the college game a little longer.

Following up on a report from last week, O’Brien held a press conference Monday morning to address his decision to stay in Happy Valley. In it, O’Brien stressed that no decision was made based on money and that he did not ask for a raise from the university. On the contrary, O’Brien mentioned that there would be additions to recruiting staff and changes with the academic staff, indicating that there were possible requests for changes within the program.

When asked if he receive a $1.3 million dollar gift from a donor Terry Pegula, which had been reported a few days ago, O’Brien replied “No. No.”

“I didn’t do anything. I had a conversation for the best interest of my family,” O’Brien said. “No job was ever offered to me. It wasn’t a decision to stay.”

O’Brien didn’t necessarily close the door on a return to the NFL, but said he “anticipates” being the coach of Penn State in 2013 and beyond. Whether that’ll continue to be the case remains to be seen, but Penn State fans need to get used to the idea that O’Brien may leave. Good coaches are going to get phone calls and O’Brien’s already shown he’ll listen.

(Quotes courtesy of Ben Jones,

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7 Responses to “Bill O’Brien insists money wasn’t a factor for staying at PSU”
  1. mdac1012 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:25 AM

    Money was the factor, the money NFL teams would have to dish out to satisfy his 9 million dollar buyout.

  2. tjbra9 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:38 AM

    Yeah right? Next you are going to tell me the Pope isn’t Catholic!

  3. billobrienschindimple says: Jan 7, 2013 11:20 AM

    It is my understanding that his wife is very happy in State College. The school district is one of the very best in the country in terms of education and opportunities for special needs children. There will never be an NFL gig that can allow him to be home, to his childs school, or to the hospital in 10 minutes.

    I understand that the NFL will come knocking. It does make me nervous. But there are many quality of life factors involving this family that may be too good to leave.

  4. cubano76 says: Jan 7, 2013 11:21 AM

    says the rich guy in the room…..

  5. jersey73 says: Jan 7, 2013 12:58 PM

    What’s the old expression??? “When people say it isn’t about the money, you can bet it is 100% about the money.”

  6. uglytrog says: Jan 7, 2013 4:36 PM

    So his Agent prodded him to go take a couple interviews at nearby NFL teams… Cleveland & Philadelphia (Happy Valley is between both). That gives the Agent a Hole-card to use at a later date if necessary.

  7. gripless says: Jan 7, 2013 10:08 PM

    Perhaps Oh! Brian should teach a business class at PSU. I think he has now renegotiated his contract three times in one year!!!

    Good for him and state.

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