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.
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.
To the surprise of no one, there was quite the celebration in the Penn State locker room following Saturday night’s quadruple-overtime victory over previously undefeated Michigan. Watch the Nittany Lions celebrate in the locker room and hear Bill O’Brien’s speech to his team in this post. [ MORE: Allen Robinson’s catch, in photo and video ] Click here to go directly to O’Brien’s speech. Here’s what the coach said to his team: “This won’t take long. This is what a winning locker room feels like, and you guys are winners. Every guy in this room is a winner, because you
So, there’s this stat: Wisconsin never had three running backs rush for at least 100 yards in a single game before the 2012 Big Ten title game. Its now done it in two of its last three games, as a trio of Badgers reached the 100-yard mark in their 45-0 season-opening win over UMass. And both times, Melvin Gordon has led the assault. Watch our #BTNLive interview with Gordon now and see Bill O’Brien’s in this post. Here’s a look at Wisconsin’s Week 1 rushing attack: Player Cl G Car Yds Avg TDs Yd/G Melvin Gordon So 1 13 144
Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien is getting a $1 million pay raise after a successful debut in Happy Valley. O’Brien’s deal when he arrived in January 2012 called for a base salary of $950,000. That’s going up to $1.9 million starting July 1, according to contract terms released Thursday by the school. [ RELATED: 2012 Penn State stats | 2013 Penn State schedule | Penn State homepage ] Counting compensation for radio and television work and a Nike contract, O’Brien’s total deal this year would be worth more than $3.2 million. The base salary would go back down to
Penn State introduced a pretty cool wrinkle to its Blue-White Spring Game on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. Early in the third quarter, head coach Bill O’Brien called the team’s plays over the PA system, for all the fans to hear. Among the highlights of O’Brien’s time speaking to the crowd was when he joked with players that “I’m on the loud speaker now, don’t make me yell at you.” [ RELATED: Watch Blue-White highlights | View photo gallery ] O’Brien also led the crowd in “We Are!” chants and praised the Penn State student section. The coach ended his
On Monday night’s “Football Report,” BTN analyst Howard Griffith sat down with Penn State coach Bill O’Brien to talk recruiting, team goals, NFL opportunities and spring ball. O’Brien on his name being mentioned for NFL positions this offseason: “I listened, but that’s about as far as it went.” Watch Griffith’s full interview with O’Brien here. Here’s a terrific graphic on O’Brien’s impact on Penn State’s offense: Our guys discuss O’Brien in this web-only segment: And here’s a look back at Penn State’s results from Year 1 under O’Brien: Day Date Opponent Time TV Result Sat. Sep. 1 vs. Ohio 12:00
Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien held a press conference Monday morning, and we’ve posted the video in its entirety right here. Also in this post, you can read the entire transcript of O’Brien’s opening statement and Q&A session with reporters. Earlier today, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart wrote this about O’Brien: “In this day and age, we see ‘loyalty’ uttered often by coaches, but it’s rarely acted upon. Well, O’Brien is an exception. He did the right thing, pledging his allegiance to a sickly Penn State program that many would have turned their backs on in lieu of NFL glory and millions.” Read
Bill O’Brien is a terrific coach. We saw that in just one season of work at Penn State. He walked into an untenable situation and promptly led a shorthanded team to an 8-4 record (6-2 Big Ten) when most forecast gloom. But, much heavy lifting remains. And O’Brien is going to be around for it. That has the message hammered home during a press conference today at Penn State, in which O’Brien addressed a variety of issues. On if a donor had ponied up $1.3 million to get him to stay: “No. You can ask anyone that knows me; in