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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: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:29 am
 

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

Being a Longtime PSU Fan, I wanted Tom Bradley to get the job. He deserves it. I believe they needed a PSU Alum for this job. I'm willing to Give Bill O'Brien chance. But if he is smart he should ask Tom Bradley,Larry Johnson and Ron Vanderlinden Back to coach the Def. That way there is some people familiar with recruiting and knowledge of current recruits. Also are great successful coaches and know PSU like a book.
That's just what PSU doesn't need. More fans with blinders on. Have you ever heard of "guilt by association?" Some of those holdovers had to have some inkling or even knowledge about Sandusky. That kind of bombshell doesn't stay swept under the rug forever. Even if it was just rumor, gossip, etc. ANYONE who was aware of the possibility that a coach was sodomizing kids...over a period of years...and didn't try to find out the truth shares some of the blame for Sandusky getting away with crimes for years. I've yet to hear of any stories about anyone associated with the PSU football program saying "I tried to investigate this, or I asked Coach Paterno about this, or anything similar. If you believe there weren't such stories circulating around PSU on a wider level than just the HC, AD, and college president, then you really are naive.
No different than the scandals in the Catholic Church. Parents, police departments, teachers who told kids 'Oh Father Pious wouldn't do anything like that. How can YOU say such a thing?' likewise share guilt for what was done to who knows how many kids over the years.



Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:17 am
 

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

If that is true then O'Brien will be kicking himself in the butt for a long time. As Patriots OC he might not have been getting rich but I'm sure he was comfortable and certainly had a position in which he could take professional pride. Now, who knows? If he keeps the old staff around some of the crap will rub off on him, deserved or not. Not saying the remaining coaches are guilty of anything, except by association. Best case scenario for P.S.U. is a totally new football staff and likely several other high level admins as well. If those current PSU players are smart they'll be looking into transfers out to any other D1 school that they can find!



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:17 am
 

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

In 40 years Perv State will go the way of Oral Roberts.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:46 pm
 

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

Puts the cheese on the cracker in a number of ways, esp. recruiting. This year's team was quite good, and were Joe Pa's recruits. This is the part of the legacy that is totally destroyed. 



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:32 pm
 

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

This guy is a placeholder....he will coach for a year or two, and then when the school is ready to reemerge a la Ohio State they will can the guy and get a real college ball coach...



Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:27 pm
 

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

Being a Longtime PSU Fan, I wanted Tom Bradley to get the job. He deserves it. I believe they needed a PSU Alum for this job. I'm willing to Give Bill O'Brien chance. But if he is smart he should ask Tom Bradley,Larry Johnson and Ron Vanderlinden Back to coach the Def. That way there is some people familiar with recruiting and knowledge of current recruits. Also are great successful coaches and know PSU like a book.



Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:07 pm
 

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

  I love how unoriginal idiots without the intelligence to say something relevant....Say what you will against ole Joe Stalin, at least he isn't a traitor to his country like Yomama is."
You don't exactly have....well...um,....even anything approaching a passing knowledge of Joseph Stalin, now do you? Perhaps you did not realize that, he was responsible for the murder (not war deaths, actual murder) of at least 4 million of his own people (with estimates as high as him being responsible for tens of millions of his own people).  Many historians have even ranked Stalin as the biggest traitor of all time....

So what was that you were saying about "idiots without intelligence" again?




Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:01 pm
 

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

Dennis Dudd is the one who is clueless.



Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 9:29 pm
 

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

Who reall knows.  This guy might be the next great coach.  WHo can judge.  Look at my Terps.  The idiots who pick, AD and school president wanted a coach who gives good image.  Heck with know how.  THey pick an idiot coach over a guy who as recent as last year was conference coach of the year.

If a coach can standup to an ego guy like Braalso did it with very little talent outside of three guys material.He dy and keep his head up he might be head coach TE QB and one WR.  Line sucked.  Previous offensive coaches had defensive teams to rely on.  THis guy did not.

Give guy a break.



Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:58 pm
 

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

Laughable article!

Is O'Brien such a bad pick as to justify this attack by Dodd?  Of course not.  This website's CFB coverage is a joke!


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