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Report: Reduced buyout for Bill O’Brien could open door to NFL job

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Penn State coach Bill O’Brien had his contract revised last summer, with the buyout clause reduced to make it easier for him to take an NFL job in the future, ESPN reported on Sunday.

The restated contract shows O’Brien changed the formula for his buyout and reduced the price of an NFL buyout from $19.33 million last year to $6.48 million for this year, per the contract, whereas the buyout another school would have to pay Penn State for O’Brien is $11.08 million.

According to the report, O’Brien recently asked Penn State to reduce the buyout even further.

This latest news should serve to heighten the buzz around O’Brien’s coaching future. With the NFL season drawing to a close, teams should soon come a-calling. Among the teams rumored to have interest are the Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings.

O’Brien has done a fine job in his two seasons in Happy Valley, going 8-4 last season and 7-5 despite dealing with NCAA sanctions and the upheaval that arose out of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Will he leave Penn State? He appears to be torn over it, but reducing the buyout on his contract is a clear indicator that he might be ready for a move.

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12 Responses to “Report: Reduced buyout for Bill O’Brien could open door to NFL job”
  1. philliesblow says: Dec 22, 2013 11:22 PM

    Good bye Nittany Lions, hello Detroit Lions!

  2. eidolon21 says: Dec 22, 2013 11:25 PM

    not likely at least for next year

  3. dsharp86 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:51 AM

    Why would Penn State have agreed to reduce the buyout? And why would they do it again? Seems to defeat the purpose of the buyout. Any concessions they would accept from O’Brien to reduce the buyout would seem pointless if the result is he leaves.

  4. raiderufan says: Dec 23, 2013 7:48 AM

    He has leverage. He’s done well in a extremely tough circumstance and as we all know every coach gets fired….why not use that leverage to drop the buy out amount, get some teams interested and get a raise from the school he’s coaching while he still has it? Why would Penn St give him a raise with a buy out so large since they know no one would be interested?

    I think he just wants to get his money and compared to the coaches who get raises after dealing with much less than he has I say good for him.

  5. beeygin823 says: Dec 23, 2013 8:06 AM

    If O’Brien leaves, i will lose all respect for him.

    He has navigated through the hardest part of this thing, has a QB of the future to work with, most of the scholarships are on their way back, if he leaves now, he will forever be known in PA as a quitter!

  6. irish1958 says: Dec 23, 2013 8:51 AM

    I wonder if Texas is calling.

  7. dhardy8207 says: Dec 23, 2013 8:54 AM

    Hate to see him go as I believe he’s added some very much needed stability in the leader position to a program that badly needed it after the whole Sandusky scandal.

    Who do you bring in that can continue to mend the relationship between the community and the university particularly the football program. Lots of trust was lost there and it will take a special kind of person to step in with the same intensity he has had and continue the healing process.

    Good luck to the Nittany Lions, I hope he stays…

  8. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Dec 23, 2013 10:58 AM

    Penn State fans are about to get rhythmically slapped

  9. dhlions says: Dec 23, 2013 11:58 AM

    My bet would be that he’s just building up leverage while he has the opportunity. Strike while the iron’s hot and renegotiate your contract in the off-season where it won’t impact games. Get your name in the headlines where you can so recruits get excited.

    Years bouncing around college and the NFL as a positions coach and OC, plus 2 years as a HC at a troubled program doesn’t seem to add up to an obvious NFL HC choice.

    I could be wrong, but if he leaves – c’est la vie. PSU was great before him and will be great after him.

  10. kastout11 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:07 PM

    It will be a big loss, but there are other candidates out there that will do a solid job. The worst of the sanctions are behind him, but right now he is a hot commodity, and a big pay day is waiting. I wish him the best of luck. I think he is an excellent coach and will go a great job wherever he coaches. I just wish it was at PSU.

  11. lbijake says: Dec 23, 2013 1:24 PM

    Of course O’Brien is free to leave if he wants. I just wonder what he told recruits about commitment to come to PSU. If he talks the talk and walks the walk, no problem. If it is do as I say, not as I do, then something altogether different.

  12. jjbadd385 says: Dec 23, 2013 5:31 PM

    I can honestly say that with all the crap PS has stacked against them, Obrien came in and did an outstanding job! I was hoping he would see it through, but I also believe a man is best left alone when making choices concerning his future

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