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Hackenberg “comfortable” with Bill O’Brien situation

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Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien is the number one option for the Houston Texans. With rumors swirling every which way, O’Brien reportedly reached out to his freshman quarterback, Christian Hackenberg, to discuss where things stand. According to Hackenberg’s father, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year is comfortable with where things stand.

Hackenberg’s father, Erick, was contacted by The Patriot News Saturday for comment on the possibility of O’Brien leaving Penn State. He confirmed O’Brien had spoken to his son and confirmed that the level of trust between the two has not changed.

“Coach has talked to Christian and they’ve had their own conversation, ” Erick said according to The Patriot News. “He asked Christian for it to stay between the two of them so that’s what’s going to happen. … He’s talked to Bill and we’re comfortable with where it stands.”

This comment does leave room for interpretation. Hackenberg could be “comfortable” with O’Brien’s decision even if it means leaving to coach in the NFL. Penn State Class of 2015 commit Thomas Holley also told 247 Sports he had spoken to O’Brien on Saturday and said the coach is not leaving.

If O’Brien does leave for the NFL, he certainly would not be the first coach to leave a program when the players expected him to return, but at least this provides a different spin for Penn State.

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3 Responses to “Hackenberg “comfortable” with Bill O’Brien situation”
  1. smokybandit says: Dec 29, 2013 9:20 AM

    “This comment does leave room for interpretation. ”

    By itself, it does. But when you look at the same tone of comments from the family in the past, this is likely interpreted to mean O’Brien told Hack he’s staying

  2. wmatthew760 says: Dec 29, 2013 1:06 PM

    O’brien isn’t going anywhere….the media has blown this thing up. He’s got it made expectations are low at PSU and will remain low for a couple of more years.

  3. kastout11 says: Dec 30, 2013 10:49 AM

    OBrien should do what is best for him and his family. I think Houston is a great opportunity. The team has a lot of talent and the #1 pick in the draft. His salary will also probably double. He did a great job returning PSU to what they are now, and I am hoping that Schiano is the next coach.

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