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The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

Posted on: January 6, 2012 9:10 am
I've read and heard it everywhere. Penn State players are angry at not being consulted over the hiring of Bill O'Brien. Penn State former players are mad they weren't consulted. Some say they are done with Penn State. Read this and tell me it doesn't cause you to shake your head.

Do these spoiled brat whiners get what the hell has happened to Penn State? How few coaches of quality wanted a tarnished job? How there needed to be a break from the past? How O'Brien brings NFL credibility to a program that currently has none?

Todd Blackledge said O'Brien doesn't do it for him. Those were his words. Didn't do it for him. Blackledge is another delusional alum who doesn't understand how low the program has sunk.

O'Brien is a solid coach and many of the people in the NFL who know O'Brien speak highly of him.

Yes, Penn State is lucky to get him. Damn lucky.

The reaction from former players shows why Penn State got into so much trouble in the first place. The whiny, insular nature of these criticisms shows a total lack of perspective about just how bad it is there. Again, these complainers don't understand how that program is still highly radioactive.

There needs to be a total housecleaning and I'm told by a person close to O'Brien might do just that.

Good for him.

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Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 9:09 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

I am a huge Penn State fan, have been for 37 years. However, I did not attend the university. But I definitely see why those in charge felt like they had to make a statement and begin to move forward. No matter who was hired, it was going to be a long road back and honestly, this black mark will never be forgotten. Penn State had no choice but to begin moving forward, to try to distance itself from the ugliness of the last few months (and decades, for those young boys who were violated by a pervert coach). So PSU players and fans who are being such immature babies over the hiring of O'Brien (hey, he probably wasn't my first pick, but I am willing to see where he leads the program) instead of a "Penn State guy." Um, maybe I am wrong, but did Joe Paterno attend Penn State University? Is he an Alum? Nope. Ironically, he and O'Brien both are alums of Brown University.

So Mr. Arrington, Short, Dozier, and anyone else crying over not being consulted, maybe YOU should look at the history of Penn State University. Somehow the school existed for nearly 100 years prior to the arrival of Joe, and will exist for at least another 100 years after Joe. In no way am I discounting the tremendous work Joe did at that school, but the unfortunate thing is that it is what he didn't do that has put him in this situation in the first place. Sandusky put the University in this position, but it was Paterno who ultimately put himself in this position. Maybe that isn't 100% fair, but it is life. If he was as protective of 10-13 year old boys as he was with his18-24 year old players from the media and scouts, then Paterno would still has his untarnished legacy today.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:10 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

It's a lame hire. Let's just call it what it is. A systematic dismantling of a proud tradition that took 61 years to build. A tradition greater than the horrific sins of any one sick individual. O'Brien will not be able to do anything with the shambles of a program. Time to stop treating Penn State coaches and alumni like they are terrorists. Time for everyone to close this chapter and find a new target to harass.

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:42 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

Wah Wah Wah get over it. The University has a lot bigger issues to deal with than a bunch of over paid ex football players. Would you seriously go to Lavar Arrington to decide who your next coach is going to be? Why aren't they whining about the school not coming to them when the board of regents decided to fire Jo Pa? That's why they are football players and not coaches!!!

Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:29 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

it's spoiled, bratty whiners.
NOT spoiled brat whiners.

Brat is a noun, bratty an adjective.

If you want to act as if you are a professional writer (which you're most definitely not), at least write like one.

Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 3:22 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

it's pretty sad that you believe in something so long, strong that when the bottom falls out or it's destroyed you are unable to see the big picture.  this program will be doomed for quiet some time and the best thing is to go in and remove as much as the past as you can to start anew.  when the time comes (and it will take some time to heal) reach out to the alum and try to rebuild the bridges they will burn now because of it.  once the dust finally settles from this fall out they will have not choice to see that their beloved hero was/is a tarnished mortal that allowed the program to destroyed from the inside out.  This is/was a good hire because bringing someone in that's a "PS guy" doesn't fix it, he will just try to cover and ignore the recent fall out, but this guy has no ties and will not (well he shouldn't) be swayed by the alum and will try to rebuild what was once a historic program.  wish him well, cause he is going to need all of it to make it there.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 3:13 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

Why do players/former player at any school team need to be consulted on the hiring of the coach?  Bad enough in the pros when this happens, worse in college sports..

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:22 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

Probably the first good article Freeman has ever written

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:20 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

Great points Mr. Freeman. These were exactly my thoughts. The statements made by some of the former players was exactly the type of thinking that got Penn State in trouble in the first place. Do any of you fools who think they should have kept Bradley realized the negative reaction if Penn State hired from within? They had to go outside for this hire. Get a clue folks.

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:03 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

I don't care about whining, insular former players.  Terrible hire.  Should have stayed with Tom Bradley.  Brandon Short is spot on Mr. Freeman, LaVar Arrington is just shock value.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:08 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

Spot on, Mike!  (Now go fix the grammar of the final sentence.)

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