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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: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:29 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

"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 ... "


Maybe the best back-to-back sentences I've ever read on CBS.   



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:27 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

Unlike  Dodd, who writes that the hire makes no sense, Freeman is on target.  I get a kick out of writers who argue that no one should ever follow a legend and/or a scandal-ridden program. That is nonsense . Somebody has to. Why not O'Brien?



Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:17 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

They are not "Delusional" - it is just that  are focused on their cherished memories  & the "ideals" that they bought into - their idol has turned out to have clay feet - which is hard to accept - but they still believe in the "ideals"  - If O'Brien is smart, he will immediately sift through the rubble and find these "ideals" that these guys hold near & dear .. and he will reach out to all of the alumni, acknowledge their desires to preserve & regain the most noble goals  - and he will need to patiently reach out again and again - and deliver again and again - and win ...
What the old players  have to keep reminding themselves is that it was not easy to find a coach because:
(1.) things are not yet "resloved"  this is not "over" - so, as much as the desire might be to "move on" it will take more time
(2.) Sandusky appears to have been a very sneaky cancer and the effects of his destruction spread through the organization in different ways - and actually the full extent (who knew, who looked the other way, and so far only rumors - who joined in) is not yet known ... and as more comes out - there will be more distraction & controversy.
(3.) There will be some power-players in Pennsylvainia politics &  University system politics who will want any coach following Paterno to fail ... so they did not want a real "rodeo- veteran" who would be reluctant to be "handled"




Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:07 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

SPOT ON, Freeman!

And particularly about the "insular" nature of the criticisms which reflects the insular nature of the institution.  It is this very insularity that has made the bigger issues with which the institution must deal even more reprehensible. When assistants go the coach instead of the police to make the initial report, all sound perspective has not only been tainted but lost entirely, hopefully not irretrievably!

The institution needed somebody on board quickly, not politically.  They definitely need to clean house completely and start over again.  They got a good man who by all accounts they should never have been able to have attracted.  If this costs them divorce from long-standing alums, then so be it. 

I like the move.  It shows foresight, intelligence, and character.  PSU is due for some.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:05 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

They are not unlike a father seeking the right guy for his daughter.
While I think the comparison is good one -- the part I think you left out is comparing the Father/Daughter comment to the PSU situation.

Current and Former players complaining about getting the OC of the New England Patriots as their head coach is like a father, whose daughter is a prostitute, saying a guy isn't good enough for her.

The PSU program is going to be known for the child molestation issue for YEARS UPON YEARS.  Be happy you got a coach period.  I'm going out on a limb and saying the guy knows what he is doing.  The Pats are one of the top offenses in the NFL, year in and year out.  They do so without elite WRs.  If I was a PSU fan, I would be doing cartwheels right now over this hiring. 



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:53 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

Radioactive is agood term to use for the Penn State coaching job. It will be a few years before you could get a big name to even consider taking this job. no one in their right mind would touch this job until the fallout is complete. We are talking children molested in the showers not some NCAA infraction.



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:36 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

Hmmm.  I don't think it is fair to attack the former players as simply "spoiled brat whiners".  They seem to have a distorted sense of entitlement and, yes, a certain naivete about the PSU situation.  They are not unlike a father seeking the right guy for his daughter.  I wonder why any coach would want the job in thr first place.  The program IS radioactive AND O'Brien is replacing a legend. I'm sure this drama will be playing for quite some time. 



Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 9:38 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

'..outraged the committee would overlook the values and traditions that made their
Penn State experiences so meaningful..' - LaVarr Arrington



Yeesh.  At best, there's a major lack of disconnect between the severity of what happened over many years on PSU's campus & the willingness of so many others to look the other way while enabling some atrocious behavior.  I'm with the author - the Nittany Lions need to do this right & they should look outside the insular 'family' as it would help with the attempted healing that will likely never fully dissipate.     


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