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Bill O'Brien won't commit to Penn State return

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09:02 AM ET 11.18 | Bill O'Brien has been the antidote to all that ails Penn Staters these days. Patriot-News writers David Jones had to ask him in a clear yes/no manner whether he would be the Penn State coach next season. "You guys gave legs last week to a story that... there's no story there. Y'know, I'm focused on one game at a time. I'm focused on this football team. That's not something that I even think about. I think about that I'm the head football coach at Penn State. And I'm looking forward to getting this team ready for Wisconsin," O'Brien said. Jones: "It's a yes or no question." O'Brien: "It might be for you. For me, it's Wisconsin. And this football team and this senior class. That's where I think the questions should be directed: Indiana. The senior class. Getting ready for Wisconsin." Jones: "Well, that's gonna sound to the fans like you're noncommittal." O'Brien: "I'm the head football coach at Penn State. I love coaching here. And I can't get back to work on Monday and get ready for Wisconsin."

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November 18, 2012  09:05 AM ET

I think PSU should be punished, but I'm disappointed that this form of punishment hurts the players and coaches who had nothing to do with the scandal.

November 18, 2012  09:38 AM ET

Why should he....It's only going to get worse. Wait 'til State Penn is Rutger's Bitzh in that convoluted conference.

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November 18, 2012  11:02 AM ET

This little story is an interesting development and demonstrates where PSU is on the hierarchy of football programs. We have a rookie coach who is experiencing some surprising success being put in the position of declaring his long term commitment to the school. PSU HC is now viewed as a transitional job and not a destination. This line of questioning would have been no different than if OBrien were coaching East Carolina, Cincinnati or Boise State.

November 18, 2012  11:24 AM ET

My bet is that he doesn't come back. He did a good job this year under the circumstances but it will only get worse at Penn State in the next three years. He is an NFL guy and well respected and if the right situation presents itself he will be gone.

November 18, 2012  11:32 AM ET
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This little story is an interesting development and demonstrates where PSU is on the hierarchy of football programs. We have a rookie coach who is experiencing some surprising success being put in the position of declaring his long term commitment to the school. PSU HC is now viewed as a transitional job and not a destination. This line of questioning would have been no different than if OBrien were coaching East Carolina, Cincinnati or Boise State.

given the sanctions its only logical. Wait until the sanctions are over before making that declaration.

November 18, 2012  11:35 AM ET
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My bet is that he doesn't come back. He did a good job this year under the circumstances but it will only get worse at Penn State in the next three years. He is an NFL guy and well respected and if the right situation presents itself he will be gone.

at the same time he convinced players to stay and is recruiting on the line that theyre all in it together. I dont care either way, but it seems awfully hypocritical to stand there and make a stance about the overcoming obstacles and remaining a tight unit, all while planning an early exit. I cant say I blame him, just pointing it out the hypocrisy if he would leave at this juncture.

November 18, 2012  11:51 AM ET

So the guy won't say anything about coming back, so that automatically means he's going to leave? Well, Obama hasn't said he won't resign yet, so maybe he's going to go be a coach, too? What kind of "reporting" nonsense is this?

November 18, 2012  11:52 AM ET

The point to remember is that there isn't any loyalty anymore. It is all about the money.

November 18, 2012  11:58 AM ET

Great for recruiting...I guess when he takes the Arky job he will take all the PSU talent with him!

November 18, 2012  12:21 PM ET

If Bill O'Brien goes anywhere he'll likely go back to the NFL.

November 18, 2012  12:48 PM ET

He should come back, he's done an outstanding job!

November 18, 2012  01:15 PM ET
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given the sanctions its only logical. Wait until the sanctions are over before making that declaration.

I'm stating where PSU is today. Not predicting the future. Moreover, the sanctions don't matter in my analysis. For instance, despite their sanctions, nobody is asking Urban Meyer if he's staying at OSU. OSU HC is a destination job. PSU HC is not.

November 18, 2012  01:21 PM ET

Good to see that things have worked out for Silas Redd...you really helped put USC over the hump.

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November 18, 2012  02:50 PM ET
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I'm stating where PSU is today. Not predicting the future. Moreover, the sanctions don't matter in my analysis. For instance, despite their sanctions, nobody is asking Urban Meyer if he's staying at OSU. OSU HC is a destination job. PSU HC is not.

Putting OSUs sanctions in the same class as Penn state? One is a slap on the wrist, the other is a near death sentence. I see what youre saying though, I dont disagree with your argument.

November 18, 2012  07:14 PM ET

Who cares about this? Penn State wasn't very good before they were penalized for raping kids and they won't be very good for a long,long time. O'Brien is as average as it gets and if he was smart he'd have a "get out" clause in place and execute it. The only thing more disturbing than Penn State fan still admiring that sick, pathetic, overrated egomaniac Paterno, is the NCAA allowing Penn Sate to play football again while SMU got the death penalty. Nice message, sodomizing kids not as bad as paying players. WTF!

 
November 18, 2012  07:55 PM ET

PSU football should have been banned for at least a couple of years or more.

O'Brien would do well to leave before it gets worse in happy Valley.

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