Penn State made it official today: Bill O’Brien is leaving after two seasons. Now, the search is on for his replacement, which was a point of today’s press conference by Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner. This is and always will be one of the best jobs in America, so there will be no shortage of quality candidates. Here are my top choices. But in reading this, it’s important to remember that O’Brien seemingly came out of nowhere when he was hired. Along those lines, keep Ball State’s Pete Lembo on your radar. Greg Roman, Stanford offensive coordinator. He interviewed
Penn State first-team All-America wide receiver Allen Robinson will enter the 2014 National Football League Draft. The 2012 and 2013 Big Ten Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year, Robinson earned seven All-America honors after a stellar 2013 season. The standout junior was selected a first-team All-American by CBSSports.com, Sporting News and Phil Steele’s College Football, a second-team honoree by the FWAA, SI.com and Athlon Sports and a third-team honoree by the Associated Press. In a statement, Robsinson said: “It was a great honor to play at Penn State. I am blessed to have played with, and for, the people in the
Penn State’s Bill O’Brien has reached a contract agreement to be the new head coach of the Houston Texans, according to foxsports.com and other sources. Let’s be honest about these reports: We all knew this day was coming. We all knew O’Brien was going to leave Penn State for the NFL. But most of us didn’t think it would happen this quickly. Two years? That’s it? Yep. Two years. [ MORE: AP: O’Brien reaches agreement with Texans ] But, that’s OK. Penn State owes O’Brien a debt of gratitude. He gave more to Penn State than he took. The school will
(AP) — Penn State is in the market for a coach again now that Bill O’Brien has jumped to the NFL. Here are six possible candidates to replace him. [ MORE: Dienhart: Penn State owes O’Brien a debt of gratitude ] -James Franklin, Vanderbilt. The eastern Pennsylvania native played at Division II East Stroudsburg and began his coaching career at Kutztown. His time as an assistant at Maryland overlapped with O’Brien in 2003-04. He has gone 23-15 at Vanderbilt, taking the perennial SEC doormat to three straight bowl games. He signed a long-term extension after last season. -Al Golden, Miami.
The 2013 NFL regular season came to an end late Sunday night. That being the case, it’s time to release our 2013 All-Big Ten NFL Team. Check out our offensive and defensive teams in this post. Did someone get snubbed? Let us know in the comment box at the bottom of the post. OFFENSE QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans (Purdue): 446-650, 5,162 yards, 39 TD, 12 INT RB: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (Michigan State): 244 car., 860 yards, 8 TD; 45 rec., 399 yards RB: Pierre Thomas, New Orleans (Illinois): 147 car., 549 yards, 2 TD; 77 rec., 513 yards, 3
Since the beginning of November, we’ve been sharing the inspiring stories of Big Ten students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service. In an effort to shine a light on even more wonderful Big Ten happenings, we’ll be serving up positive headlines every Monday morning, right here on the BTN LiveB1G blog. Indiana University announced a $40 million gift from Cindy Simon Skjodt for renovations to Assembly Hall. Throwback Thursday: The original Assembly Hall, build in 1896, and the current Assembly Hall, opened in 1971. #tbt pic.twitter.com/nq5Xt2y7Qv — Indiana University (@IUBloomington)
Bill O’Brien continued to deliver results in his second season in State College, Pa., despite being hampered with severe NCAA sanctions. O’Brien debuted with an 8-4 mark (6-2 Big Ten) in 2012 and followed with a 7-5 record (4-4 Big Ten) this season. But perhaps Penn State’s biggest win this fall came off the field in September, when the NCAA announced it was lifting its scholarship limits beginning in 2014. Five additional scholarships will be restored starting next year and will continue to increase by five until the school is back to the full allocation of 25 initial scholarships in
Penn State’s Bill O’Brien is a hot commodity, and he’ll remain that way as long as he stays at Penn State. Last year, NFL teams inquired about O’Brien following his remarkable job in leading the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 season. Reports indicate there will be more NFL executives pursuing O’Brien this offseason. And the fact O’Brien recently had the NFL buyout in his contract lowered only fuels that notion. Watch our interview with SI’s Pete Thamel discussing O’Brien’s future above and see our team’s thoughts below.
The holidays can be a time for reflection, so over Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25, BTN is airing our top 10 Big Ten football game from the past season. Five games air on Tuesday and the other five air on Wednesday. Over the past week BTN viewers and BTN.com readers voted for their favorite games, then we compiled the top 10 list. RANK AIRS (all times ET) GAME | HIGHLIGHTS No. 10: Dec. 24, Noon. Nebraska at Michigan – 11/9/13 | WATCH HIGHLIGHTS No. 9: Dec. 24, 2 p.m. Wisconsin at Ohio State – 9/28/13 | WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten player is the best NFL prospect? Taylor Lewan (#BTNLewan), Allen Robinson (#BTNRobinson), Ryan Shazier (#BTNShazier), or Darqueze Dennard (#BTNDennard). Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are: #BTNLewan #BTNRobinson #BTNShazier #BTNDennard