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What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:16 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 10:42 am
Penn State people are mad, no furious, with the reported hire of Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien as the man who would replace The Man. Which means Penn State fans just don't get it.

And look, PSU people, I'm not mocking you. Not taunting you. Not enjoying your anger or frustration. You're going to see plenty of those people in the next few days, media people and otherwise, people who were so shaken by the Sandusky scandal that they take it out on anything and everything representing Penn State. And I understand their rage, I really do. But I'm not one of them, so don't miss what I'm writing here.

I'm trying to help. Honest. And what occurs to me, from my point on the periphery, is that there are people at Penn State -- even a truly intelligent insider like ex-PSU linebacker LaVar Arrington -- who are so close to the situation that they can't see it for what it is.

And what it is, for Penn State, is impossible.

The administration had no chance to win the press conference, as it's called when the new coach is introduced to acclaim. Whoever that guy is, he wasn't coming to Penn State. Not so soon after ... Sandusky.

It just wasn't going to happen.

The initial hint came way back in November when Joe Paterno was forced out, and the first name to surface was Mike London of Virginia. That's a humble name, Mike London of Virginia. Career record at UVa: 12-13. Four years total as a head coach, the first two at Richmond. And when London was connected to Penn State by media reports, he backtracked as if Penn State was something he almost stepped in.

That was our sign. That was your sign, Penn State fans: This job wasn't going to be filled easily, and as the following two months showed, it wasn't filled easily. Penn State alums didn't want it. Outsiders didn't want it.

Meanwhile, the Penn State administration was trying to conduct its coaching search in privacy, even secrecy, because there was no way the school was going to hire someone with a great resume if that hiring was leaked before it became official. So Penn State did what it could on the down low, and for that Penn State people are mad. I've been getting tweets all morning like this one from a Penn State fan lamenting the "secrecy and arrogance" of the search.

As if there's any other kind, these days.

There are Penn State supporters, LaVar Arrington among them, who insist the job should have gone to interim coach Tom Bradley. And that underscores my earlier point, about some people being too close to the situation to see it clearly.

Tom Bradley was never going to get this job. It would have been outrageous if he had gotten it. And that's not a shot at Tom Bradley, who gets high marks from every media person I've ever talked to about him. But he spent years on staff with Sandusky, and was on staff when this story exploded, and was even the face of the program for the month after the explosion.

That guy can't be given the job on a permanent basis. Not if this school is sincere in its desire -- and the administration sure seems to be sincere -- to put behind it one of the ugliest stories in college football history.

It couldn't be Bradley. It wouldn't be Mike Munchak. Even the sub-.500 coach at a basketball school in the ACC wouldn't touch it.

Other than Bill O'Brien, who was Penn State going to get?

Nobody, that's who. The complaining today from Penn State people is as misguided a reaction as the riot by students the night of Paterno's firing. It's anger for the sake of anger, but it's aimed in the wrong place. Sandusky should be the target. Sandusky, and those who didn't do nearly enough to stop his alleged reign of terror.

This is not Penn State President Rodney Erickson's fault.

This is not Bill O'Brien's fault.

Want to be mad, Penn State? Get mad at Sandusky. Get mad at former president Graham Spanier and former athletics director Tim Curley. Hell, get mad at Joe Paterno.

But if Bill O'Brien truly is your next coach, get behind him, and do it now. You are ... Penn State. Remember?

Time to act like it.


Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:45 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

As a Penn State Alum, I totally agree with this article.  Given the events that lead up to the coaching search, it was impossible to get a "name" coach for this position.  But that being said, after looking at Bill O'Brien's resume, he has the potential to be a very good hire.

Mr. O'Brien brings an offensive background to a program that over much of the last 15 years has struggled at producing points, relying primarily on a great defense to win games.  As a result of that lack of offense, there have been few opportunities to win the conference much less be in consideration for a National Championship, which is always the ultimate goal. 

Fellow alum, like it or not this is your new coach.  Now our role should be in supporting his efforts and those of the University to return the outstanding reputation of the University and its football program.  Because "We are" and will always be "Penn State".

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:35 pm
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Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:35 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

Talk about misguided. This dope is a fool. The alumni and fans of Penn State have every right to mad. They should be mad as Sandusky. They should be mad at the board of trustees for firing the greatest, most honorable coach in the game's history for doing exactly what he should have done with the information he had. They should be mad the AG's office for creating a media firestorm by over-reaching with their charges and baseless claims. They should be mad at the media for manufacturing this controversy which involved one person who retired two year's prior to an event that may not have even happened. They should be mad but they are not misguided. Those who continue to repeat the same lies over and over are misguided, immoral cowards just like you.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:33 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

Get ready Nittany Lion Nation for a decade of battling it out with the 3 I's (Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa) for the honor of bottom-feeder of the Big 10. Couldn't happen to a better bunch of arrogant, myopic jerks that proudly declare "We are Penn State." Yeah, Yeah! We get it. As if we didn't know who you folks were rooting for.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:12 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

"Tom Bradley was never going to get this job."

always surprising when some cannot see the obvious

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:06 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

I totally agree w/ Doyel.  What Bill O'brien needs to do is win the support of the former players.  If he does that, it will go a long way towards winning over the alumni and fans.  He also needs Tom Brady to get hot and win the Super Bowl.  A Super Bowl ring would help him gain alot of credibilty. 

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:05 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

I love how this is a bad hire for Penn State and they could have had all these coaches better than O'Brien coaching at Penn State next year but the funny fact is NOBODY stepped up to want the job.  The head coach of the Titans went to Penn State and didnt want the job. 

So how can the guy that wanted the job be the wrong guy for the job over the people that wanted nothing to do with it?

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:52 am

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

For once, I think I actually agreed with a Doyel post. He IS correct in that Nittany Nation SHOULD aim their/our anger at Sandusky. Afterall, he IS to blame, right? But, did it really need to take 2 months to find a hire? Really? C'mon, man! At the end of the gotta give the guy (O'Brien) a shot. If, in fact, he is the new hire. Remember, MUM's the word.....

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:41 am

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

It's hard to tell PSU fans to suddenly concede they are going to be a joke in the minds of many for probably another decade and they should be happy anyone of caliber would set foot on that campus as a head coach...but it's true. I agree with Doyel though, it's absurd to think anyone associated with Sandusky on the coaching staff should be considered for the job. Are you serious?! PSU was stupid enough through all this...the least they can do is learn their lesson.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:39 am

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

Spot on work today!

Usually these guys write hack pieces just to generate inflammatory traffic.  This one was dead on.

Support the new coach.  Be thankful that someone wanted to be in Happy Valley with a fresh start.

He might just surprise everyone.

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