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Bill O’Brien again connected to NFL jobs

Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien addresses a news conference before his first spring practice as Penn State's head football coach, in Pennsylvania Reuters

It appears that, for the second consecutive December/January, Penn State is going to have to sweat out rumors of its head coach heading to the professional ranks.

Citing pro and college source, CBS SportsJason La Confora reported Sunday morning that Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Brienis ready to return to professional football.”  More to the point, La Confora reports, O’Brien — and/or his agent — has already been approached by the Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings.

La Confora stated that O’Brien could also be in play with the Washington Redskins if Mike Shanahan and the organization decide to part ways at season’s end.

O’Brien’s contract was amended in late June to include a raise in the neighborhood of $1 million.  The buyout in his contract is made up of only his base salary multiplied by the years left on his contract, a figure that would total roughly $5 million.  Such a sum would be far from prohibitive for an NFL organization, if paying the buyout would actually come into play because of NCAA sanctions.

His buyout is less financially restrictive than in past years, and, furthermore, there could be litigation over his buyout as well, if the situation escalates, given the penalties the program faced.

Late last year, O’Brien interviewed for openings with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles before opting to remain in Happy Valley.

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9 Responses to “Bill O’Brien again connected to NFL jobs”
  1. youcantmakemepickausername says: Dec 15, 2013 1:12 PM

    I’m a Penn State fan and I completely realize that he’s gonna go to the NFL at some point, and when he does I’ll wish him well and thank him for everything he’s done to help guide the program and the school through the sh!tstorm he walked into.

    That being said, La Canfora kind of gets his facts/timeline wrong in the second paragraph of the linked article. He says that BOB considered/interviewed for NFL jobs after last season (which is true), but then he says that BOB decided to stay out of loyalty to the players but then relations between him and the school frayed due to the Sandusky sanctions being worse then expected.

    The Sandusky sanctions were announced in summer of 2012 before he ever coached a game. In the time since he interviewed for jobs after last season, the sanctions have actually been reduced as far as scholarship limits and they’re talking that the bowl ban might be too, so I’m not sure what sanctions La Canfora is talking about since the end of the 2012 season and now.

    Like I said, he’s gonna leave eventually, I just don’t think it will be now. Plus, he and O’Leary are probably the only two people that wanted the PSU/UCF game being in Ireland to start next season, so I hope he at least stays for that.

    And on top of all that, despite all the praise he receives, he definitely still has plenty to work on as a head coach as it relates to clock management and play-calling.

  2. manik56 says: Dec 15, 2013 1:18 PM

    This is not what B1G needs.

  3. keltictim says: Dec 15, 2013 1:28 PM

    As a college coach how can you recruit when your rumored to be leaving?

  4. dhlions says: Dec 15, 2013 2:26 PM

    Because they’re just that – rumors.

    I might be overly optimistic but I think if he was going to leave it would have been after last season. He’s had big wins this past year (both literally and figuratively) and the program seems to be past the bottom of the fallout from Sandusky.

    Crazier things have happened though.

  5. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 15, 2013 4:15 PM

    Penn State should fight tooth and nail for O’Brien.
    He is in the mold of JoePa and has guided the school
    (Yes, I said the school. He was instrumental in tapping down lawsuits being filed on behalf of PSU in order to clear people’s names AND showed the NCAA
    cause to reduce the scholarship reductions by running an exemplary program.) in a way that VERY
    few coaches could have ever done. If he could get the bowl ban rescinded, PSU will be in the B1G division hunt a lot sooner than people expect.

  6. tttrojan4life says: Dec 15, 2013 6:39 PM

    Time for O’Brien to get the h#ll out of Gommorah!

  7. jschmus says: Dec 15, 2013 9:51 PM

    In the mold of Joe Paterno ???? You better hope not. The true Paterno came out in the end. He was only interested in wins. As a Viking fan, I would welcome o’brien.

  8. jschmus says: Dec 15, 2013 9:53 PM

    In the mold of Joe Paterno? Stop drinking the kool aid. In the end the true Paterno came out. He was only interested in wins. That being said, and being a vikings fan, I thin o’brien would do a good job.

  9. kastout11 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:35 PM

    jschmus, you are a moron.

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