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Bill O'Brien not concerned with PSU's recruiting

Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:36 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

National Signing Day is on Wednesday, but new Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien has some other things on his mind right now. He's currently in Indianapolis working on a game plan for the New England Patriots offense in Sunday's Super Bowl. Which is a game that is a rather big deal in the world of football, just in case you've never heard of it.

Of course, it's because of the double-duty that O'Brien is pulling that he hasn't been able to pay much attention to helping put Penn State's 2012 recruiting class together, and when asked about it on Tuesday, O'Brien gave an answer that probably won't be music to the ears of Penn State fans.

"I'll get a fax of our signees. I already have a pretty good idea of who they are going to be," said O'Brien. "It's really about the Patriots and making sure we're ready for today's practice, tomorrow's meeting and Sunday's game."

Not exactly what you want to hear from your head coach, is it?

That being said, Penn State knew the deal when it hired O'Brien, and was well aware of the possibility that he could still be working with the Patriots at this point, so it's hard to get mad at O'Brien for feeling this way.

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Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:51 am
 

Bill O'Brien not concerned with PSU's recruiting

He simply said exactly what he should have said. Do you think Joe Paterno would want the man to simply dismiss his responsibility to his current team and leave for a new job without finishing what he started? Of course he wouldn't. Joe made a career out of doing things the right way. He did it at a young age through the day he died even after being fired for no reason, for being vilified and slandered by the media for doing exactly what he should have done, he continued to do things the right way. He didn't harbor ill will, he continued talk the talk and walk the walk. Success with honor is the Paterno and Penn State way and O'Brien is doing the right thing by showing loyalty even if it costs a couple of recruits. And honestly, those that left or have moved on in reaction to the media's false narative don't deserve to be a part of Joe Paterno's program. They failed their first moral test falling prey to the lies and distortions the media has put forth and taking the easy way out.



Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:19 am
 

Bill O'Brien not concerned with PSU's recruiting

I think Bill is doing a great job juggling 2 very important
positions. Personally I want him to focus on the Super Bowl and win because next
year when he walks into a recruits living room with his Super Bowl ring, that
will be pretty impressive.  He did a
great job assembling a coaching staff while directing the Pat’s offence in the
AFC championship and they did a great job salvaging what was headed for a
disaster of a recruiting class.  This
class being ranked in the low 30’s is not bad considering the scandal and the
late start for the coaching staff and we do have talent on the team
already.  So I am looking forward to a
fresh start with a new Offensive philosophy and a solid Defense.  We have a completely new coaching staff and
they deserve our support getting started. 
We can judge them at the end of the season when we see what they have
done.  Until then, Go State!!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:08 am
 

Bill O'Brien not concerned with PSU's recruiting

 

To the CBS Staff....Don't you already look like fools for the reporting debacle surrounding Paterno's death?   So now you report that the Patriots Offense Coordinator (who is answering questions at the Super Bowl Press Conf) isn't concerned with PSU Recruiting?   You continue to make asses out of yourself by spinning things to look controversial.   O'Brien was simply telling you he was there to answer questions about the topic the PC was set up for.  Please stop trying to stir the pot.   Your (and other’s) journalistic tactics were instrumental in getting Paterno fired (and pushing him into his grave.   The Penn State community has more intestinal fortitude than your staff of cowards can even fathom.  WE ARE and will always be PENN STATE regardless of your slimy attempts to bring us down.




Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:43 am
 

Bill O'Brien not concerned with PSU's recruiting

This is definitely not what I would want to hear from the head coach at any school I was cheering for.  This will come back to bite O'Brien on the bleep, and will be one of the most-repeated lines in the local sports pages when he is dismissed in a year or two.  

Unless, of course, he has been given assurances that he will get a full five years to rebuild the team after the attrition that will happen this year.  I'm pretty sure the president and AD know that the old guard is going to pull a Lloyd Carr on O'Brien and sabotage him every step of the way, especially with instate HS football coaches.  
 
There is a very good chance that PSU will just be known as "PU" for a few years.   



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:06 pm
 

Bill O'Brien not concerned with PSU's recruiting

He was there for a Super Bowl press conference, not Penn State.  He said he wanted to answer questions about the Super Bowl (since, that's what the PC was for) not Penn State. 

But hey, leave it to CBS (did you hear Paterno died?) to spin it into something anti-Penn State


He was there for a Super Bowl press conference, not Penn State.  He said he wanted to answer questions about the Super Bowl (since, that's what the PC was for) not Penn State.  

But hey, leave it to CBS (did you hear Paterno died?) to spin it into something anti-Penn State


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Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:04 pm
 

Bill O'Brien not concerned with PSU's recruiting

He was there for a Super Bowl press conference, not Penn State.  He said he wanted to answer questions about the Super Bowl (since, that's what the PC was for) not Penn State.  

But hey, leave it to CBS (did you hear Paterno died?) to spin it into something anti-Penn State





Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:01 pm
 

Bill O'Brien not concerned with PSU's recruiting

He was there for a Super Bowl press conference, not Penn State.  He said he wanted to answer questions about the Super Bowl (since, that's what the PC was for) not Penn State.  

But hey, leave it to CBS (did you hear Paterno died?) to spin it into something anti-Penn State



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:59 pm
 

Bill O'Brien not concerned with PSU's recruiting

He was at a press conference for the Super Bowl.  He had already said he just wanted to talk Super Bowl, not Penn State.

But, leave it to CBS (Joe died, did you hear?) to spin the comments into being anti-PSU.



Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Bill O'Brien not concerned with PSU's recruiting

I don't see a problem in finishing what he started.  On the other hand, I just hope it isn't used as an excuse at some point.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:52 pm
 

Bill O'Brien not concerned with PSU's recruiting

It's better than hearing "Hey, Schultz, I need to tell you something that has been reported to me by McQ, err, a grad assistant coach..."


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