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O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:13 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 10:25 am
 
Tom Brady looks better every day. Every day, that is, an assistant gets hired away from the Patriots.

It’s a great thing to work for the Pats, at the top of your profession, chasing Super Bowls each season. A stark reality set in when Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini and Josh McDaniels left. They don’t necessarily get better. Their former franchise just keeps chugging along.

Freeman: Penn State should quit whining over good hire

See a pattern here? No. 12. He’s still there winning games without them.

With that, we present Bill O’Brien as the new coach at Penn State. O’Brien is the Patriots offensive coordinator. He is most famous to a large part of the population at the moment for getting into a sideline spat with Brady. For that transgression he was allowed to live.

Now he goes to Happy Valley where his career could die.

Maybe that’s not fair, but the one conclusion we can draw from this convoluted coaching search is that Penn State didn’t have a clue. If there was ever a time to hire a search firm, this was it. It didn’t. Instead, it looks like there were warring factions inside the search. What did Penn State want? We’re still not sure.

At least the school made a swift, definitive and convincing statement. Swift if you consider it was 45 days between Paterno’s firing and O’Brien’s reported hiring. Definitive if you consider that everyone but Knute Rockne turned down the job/used it for a raise/laughed into the phone when contacted.

Convincing if you consider that O’Brien, 42, may be nothing more than a sacrificial door jamb in big, cosmic coaching-go-round -- a go-between while Penn State football rights itself and the next Urban Meyer comes along. It’s only been a couple of days since he passed but let’s not forget that it was the late, great Gene Bartow who taught us never to be the guy to follow the guy.

Until his unsightly downfall, Paterno was college football’s Wooden. Paterno’s legacy is stained forever. But when the dust and lawyers settle, O’Brien will eventually be asked match a long, successful legacy that produced a .749 winning percentage.

Contract details have not been announced but if O’Brien doesn’t get at least a seven-year contract, he should fire his agent. The job was toxic before O’Brien took it. It’s going to take a while to clean it up. O’Brien is not the sexy hire that is going to talk undecided recruits in off the ledge. But the school couldn’t afford a sexy hire image-wise. That would have been sending the wrong message for a program that obviously has been worshipping at the altar of Paterno for too long.

During these 45 days, Penn State aimed high, scoured low and came up with a guy who is supposed to do what? Deconstruct and rebuild the program? Win the Big Ten next year?

Penn State would prefer to win quietly, out of the spotlight. That, of course, is impossible.

Fans with thousands invested in personal seat licenses aren’t going to stand for a de-emphasis of football. Winning the Big Ten anytime time soon seems impossible, too. There will be a faction of recruits who stay away from Penn State for obvious reasons: They don’t want to shower in the same place where a youth may have been sodomized.

There is still another faction of recruits who will always go there because they believe they can get to the NFL. That may sustain the program. O’Brien will say the right things and try to restore faith in football, school and community.

Time, then, for introductions all around. O’Brien has been New England’s OC since 2008. He has 14 years college experience as an assistant but none as a head coach. The Duke teams he was associated with went 1-22.

There are cautionary tales all around him: Weis parlayed the promise of seven games at Notre Dame into a 10-year contract. He is currently at Kansas trying to rebuild the Jayhawks and rehab his coaching image. Crennel is 26-41 as an NFL head coach. McDaniels lasted less than two years as coach of the Broncos. Magini is doing TV analysis.

O’Brien’s future awaits. Ironically, he needs a quarterback at Penn State for starters. Suddenly, for him, there are no Tom Bradys in sight.
Comments

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:22 am
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

Yes, I'm a PSU grad, so call me a homer all you want.  I dislike this article very much.  Don't care much at all for anything Dodd writes for that matter.  Not sure why I read it.   
As for who PSU targets?  I think much of that was media driven.  I never saw, nor heard anything definitive on who PSU was targeting from anyone at PSU.  Just a lot of media reports from that most credible "un-named" source.  Some of those names that came up in those rumore, quite miraculously, turned around to accept a big pay day with their current job (see Petersen at Boise State). 

Penn state has never been flash and dash, so a "sexy" hire probably wasn't really goign to happen, especially considering the environment and media scrutiny of any hire.  I hope O'Brien is up to the challenge, not only is he following the most successful coach in the history of Division I football, but he will also have guys like Dodd, writing articles like this one.  Convinced appartnelty that the job is toxic, O'Brien's career will die in Happy Valley, and that Penn State would prefer to win quietly. 

I personally will reserve judgement on this unitl I hear what O'Brien has to say at his first press conference, how he leads the program and what results the team has both on the field and academically.  I certainly wont' make my judgement based on what is written in this article.



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:21 am
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

Let's face it.

Anybody could be Tom Brady's OC these days.  All-Pro's at his level know how to prepare themselves.  O'Brien's biggest challenge will be recruiting and it may not be his fault if he's unable to do it short-term.  Zig Ziglar probably couldn't sell Penn State right now.

He's just a bridge to the next HC.  In the meantime, PSU needs to re-brand themselves and recover from the most egregious scandal in the history of college sports.  Everyone in the PSU administration involved with the athletic department must go.



Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:21 am
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

O'Brien wanted the job so when you say "nobody" wanted the job, youre obviously mistaken.

Someone is a little touchy, and acting like their backside is sore. Did you shower with Sandusky also?

HAHAHA, good one jethro. I cant undetrstadn you come up with such with with a double digit IQ.



Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:20 am
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

Dodd you @$$hole!!!!....What is wrong with the hire? When should a guy be given a chance to prove himself? Perhaps we should only hire coaches that have been head coach. I guess we need to never change and let all of the current head coaches float around like shit in a toilet. Soemone young and energetic is what this team needs. They need someone closer to their side of the age scale to help them get through pretty much a rough time in the lives of those kids. We all saw what age can do to you recently. It is time for some new blood and for Dodd to start collecting social security.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:19 am
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

how long are you fools at CBS going to drag this Penn state thing out?  Obviously you have a complete and total lack of what the college football world is interested in.  The Penn State tragedy is NOT on the front burner.  There was nothing wrong with this hire.  Penn State desperately needed someone to put some energy into their lethargic offense, and they found that person.  What is wrong with that.  It is time for CBSSports to stop playing Dranma Queen with the Penn State scandal.  It is over and done with.  The law will take it's course.  Let's get back to concentrating on football, not day time Soap Operas.



Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:18 am
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

I know all about STEP.  I am also a season ticket holder.  The amount of money to donate to the NLC for your seats are an absolute steal when you compare it to the PSL's and face value of what NFL teams charge.  I'm glad people like you gave up your seats.  Because I am moving up the priority list and when the program does turn around, I'll be sitting in the front row.




Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:18 am
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

What did Penn State want?  ... well they wanted somebody without any political clout - somebody who did not have a rolodex of political heavyweights that they could call to get things done ... and they wanted somebody who basically had no history.
Yes, O’Brien will say the right things and try to restore faith in football, school and community... but this will be a difficult time for Penn State - and if there is anything that is slightly askew  that happens on campus - it will be O'Brien's fault - they will throw him under the bus in a heart beat!



Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:12 am
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

Nonsense. The acting AD Dr. Joyner is one of the highest character people anywhere yet you smear him with impugnity. So easy and cheap for someone sitting around. Tell us about yourself and we'll see if yo can match his achievements or his ethics. It must be really tough to be as perfect as you are.------------Joyner received his bachelor's degree in science from Penn State in 1972 and his M.D. from Penn State's College of Medicine in 1976. Following residencies in general and orthopedic surgery at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and a brief stint in the World Football League, Joyner began a medical career with a sports medicine emphasis.

Joyner is a health care and business consultant as well as an orthopedic physician. He was a member of Penn State Libraries Development Advisory Board, co-chairman of the Paterno Libraries Endowment, chairman of the external advisory board for the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and the Schreyer Honors College, a member of the Hershey Medical Center Capital Campaign Committee and was active in the Grand Destiny Campaign for Athletics. He is a member of the board of directors of The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Joyner was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Penn State in 1992.

His work with the U.S. Olympic Committee includes service as head physician to the United States' teams at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games, the 1991 World University Games and the 1989 United States Olympic Festival. He is a past chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Society. Joyner served as the chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee's Sports Medicine Committee and the vice chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee's Anti Doping Committee. He currently is a member of the medical commission of the Pan American Sports Organization.




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:12 am
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

"Until his unsightly downfall, Paterno was college football’s Wooden. Paterno’s legacy is stained forever. But when the dust and lawyers settle, O’Brien will eventually be asked match a long, successful legacy that produced a .749 winning percentage."

Proofread your article much Dodd? It must be great working for cbssports. There is no accountability whatsoever!



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:10 am
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

If Penn State hired a Jon Gruden or Les Miles type, Dodd would be on here saying it was the wrong move because they put football first.  There was no hire, to include Bradley, that would have made anyone in the media happy.


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