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08:24 AM ET 12.31 | A weekend report suggested Bill O'Brien might be open to leaving Penn State, and that he would likely be on short lists in Cleveland and Philadelphia. O'Brien's agent, Joe Linta, said in an email to the Post-Gazette Sunday night that no NFL team had contacted his client. "Bill has not spoken to any NFL teams and no NFL team has sought Penn State's permission to speak with him as of today," Linta wrote. ... Under [the O'Brien contract] terms, a buyout would equal about $9.2 million if applied to the original duration of his five-year contract. But because his contract was automatically extended another four years because of the NCAA sanctions, the buyout amount could be doubled to $18.4 million.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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December 31, 2012  09:02 AM ET

Ouch!

December 31, 2012  09:14 AM ET

if any NFL team would want him they'll find a good lawyer to nix that deal od drastically reduce the buyout.

December 31, 2012  09:25 AM ET

Doesn't that seem like PSU hoodwinked O'Brien? ESPN reported yesterday that PSU assured him the Sandusky trial was a criminal matter and would not be an NCAA matter. After O'Brien took the job the NCAA came down on PSU and PSUs answer to that was to extend his contract another four years? I'm wondering now if they did that as a goodwill gesture as opposed to making it nearly impossible for him to leave. He may need a good lawyer to get out of that. If PSU did that intentionally, that's a pretty lousy thing to do.

December 31, 2012  09:50 AM ET

This guy did a damn good job this year IMHO.

December 31, 2012  10:12 AM ET

Let me go back to what I have said a thousand effing times. This program (PSU) got jobbed. The NCAA has no jurisdiction nor should it have stuck its big **** into a criminal matter at a member school. What happened at Penn St had nothing to do with athletics, football recruiting, unfair advantage on the playing field, illegal benefits to student athletes or any of the other areas of concern that the NCAA regulates and enforces.
The wrong people (student athletes, students, alumni, and the University community) have been punished by the dumb **** NCAA for something they did not do. When is a court going to step in and stop this BS??? I sit here still in disbelief that this has taken place.

December 31, 2012  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Let me go back to what I have said a thousand effing times. This program (PSU) got jobbed. The NCAA has no jurisdiction nor should it have stuck its big **** into a criminal matter at a member school. What happened at Penn St had nothing to do with athletics, football recruiting, unfair advantage on the playing field, illegal benefits to student athletes or any of the other areas of concern that the NCAA regulates and enforces.The wrong people (student athletes, students, alumni, and the University community) have been punished by the dumb **** NCAA for something they did not do. When is a court going to step in and stop this BS??? I sit here still in disbelief that this has taken place.

Agree. I guess that paying for the sins of the father stuff applies beyond the blood family.

December 31, 2012  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Let me go back to what I have said a thousand effing times. This program (PSU) got jobbed. The NCAA has no jurisdiction nor should it have stuck its big **** into a criminal matter at a member school. What happened at Penn St had nothing to do with athletics, football recruiting, unfair advantage on the playing field, illegal benefits to student athletes or any of the other areas of concern that the NCAA regulates and enforces.The wrong people (student athletes, students, alumni, and the University community) have been punished by the dumb **** NCAA for something they did not do. When is a court going to step in and stop this BS??? I sit here still in disbelief that this has taken place.

Speaking Troof there.

December 31, 2012  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Let me go back to what I have said a thousand effing times. This program (PSU) got jobbed. The NCAA has no jurisdiction nor should it have stuck its big **** into a criminal matter at a member school. What happened at Penn St had nothing to do with athletics, football recruiting, unfair advantage on the playing field, illegal benefits to student athletes or any of the other areas of concern that the NCAA regulates and enforces.The wrong people (student athletes, students, alumni, and the University community) have been punished by the dumb **** NCAA for something they did not do. When is a court going to step in and stop this BS??? I sit here still in disbelief that this has taken place.

I think someone has to sue in order for the courts to get involved but I reserve the right to be wrong.

December 31, 2012  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Let me go back to what I have said a thousand effing times. This program (PSU) got jobbed. The NCAA has no jurisdiction nor should it have stuck its big **** into a criminal matter at a member school. What happened at Penn St had nothing to do with athletics, football recruiting, unfair advantage on the playing field, illegal benefits to student athletes or any of the other areas of concern that the NCAA regulates and enforces.The wrong people (student athletes, students, alumni, and the University community) have been punished by the dumb **** NCAA for something they did not do. When is a court going to step in and stop this BS??? I sit here still in disbelief that this has taken place.

I disagree. PSU got lucky. The cancer at PSU went all the way to the top. The NCAA (which I also do not care for) is tasked with protecting student athletes. If this university was willing to overlook a pedophile what else would they overlook? A concussion? While I will never give thanks to the NCAA PSU should not take the "we did not know any better" approach. When a person represents a company and makes a commitment for that company they are speaking for the entire company. When Joe Pa decided to not take action he was speaking for the entire university. They should take their punishment and be happy with that it was not worse.

December 31, 2012  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Let me go back to what I have said a thousand effing times. This program (PSU) got jobbed. The NCAA has no jurisdiction nor should it have stuck its big **** into a criminal matter at a member school. What happened at Penn St had nothing to do with athletics, football recruiting, unfair advantage on the playing field, illegal benefits to student athletes or any of the other areas of concern that the NCAA regulates and enforces.The wrong people (student athletes, students, alumni, and the University community) have been punished by the dumb **** NCAA for something they did not do. When is a court going to step in and stop this BS??? I sit here still in disbelief that this has taken place.

Strongly DISAGREE! If Paterno and company had acted immediately at the first allegation, and severed all ties with Sandusky, then you are correct. As soon as Paterno and company chose to look the other way, they and Penn State became enablers. Their conduct allowed this atrocity to continue. They and the university deserve their punishments.

December 31, 2012  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Strongly DISAGREE! If Paterno and company had acted immediately at the first allegation, and severed all ties with Sandusky, then you are correct. As soon as Paterno and company chose to look the other way, they and Penn State became enablers. Their conduct allowed this atrocity to continue. They and the university deserve their punishments.

Once the PSU President became involved, it was out of Joe Paterno's hands. Thus, out of the NCAA's hands. It was a criminal case, not an athletic case.

December 31, 2012  01:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Strongly DISAGREE! If Paterno and company had acted immediately at the first allegation, and severed all ties with Sandusky, then you are correct. As soon as Paterno and company chose to look the other way, they and Penn State became enablers. Their conduct allowed this atrocity to continue. They and the university deserve their punishments.

DS. Agree the university, the perps, the AD, the Pres all deserve their punishments. And I might add they are getting it. First guy (Sandusky) has life in prison. Next is the AD and General Counsel. Their cases (criminal) are about to begin and I can assure you they too will get a taste of what the victims went thru when they go to prison with Bubba.
Next is the civil suits which are pending but the size of the check that the University will write will pale in comparison to the hit the NCAA put on them ($60mm).
My point is this and you all tell me why you disagree: The student-athletes, the students, the Alumni, and staff (all of whom had nothing to do with this <hit) are being punished for the actions of these criminals.

WHY?

December 31, 2012  01:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Once the PSU President became involved, it was out of Joe Paterno's hands. Thus, out of the NCAA's hands. It was a criminal case, not an athletic case.

Spot on Jake

December 31, 2012  01:10 PM ET

If Les Miles is avoiding payment of his federal income taxes should the LSU athletic department be punished? What does the NCAA have to do with criminal activity and the enforcement of criminal laws?

THIS IS NOT AN NCAA MATTER

December 31, 2012  01:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

If Les Miles is avoiding payment of his federal income taxes should the LSU athletic department be punished? What does the NCAA have to do with criminal activity and the enforcement of criminal laws?THIS IS NOT AN NCAA MATTER

Is the university helping him do this and does it have an effect on athletes?

Should I assume you don't have children? I will tell you this if I my son is trying to decide which university to accept a scholarship from and I find out that one of them currently has a potential pedophile on staff I probably would steer my son away. THERE IS YOUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.

I amazes me that you would give PSU a free pass for something that was known thorughout the upper ranks of PSU and PSU athletics and ignored. Hell even a grad assistant had knowledge.

December 31, 2012  01:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Spot on Jake

Right so I know someone has murdered someone else as long as I tell their mother my hands are clean. WOW. Just like putting the trespassing sign in your yard "No tresspassing violators will be shot" makes shooting people legal right? Brilliant just **** brilliant.

December 31, 2012  01:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I will tell you this if I my son is trying to decide which university to accept a scholarship from and I find out that one of them currently has a potential pedophile on staff I probably would steer my son away. THERE IS YOUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.I amazes me that you would give PSU a free pass for something that was known thorughout the upper ranks of PSU and PSU athletics and ignored. Hell even a grad assistant had knowledge.

Pach94, I have four children (youngest now 20). There is no competitive advantage to pedophilia. We all agree. Please understand one very simple statement. The NCAA has no jurisdiction on criminal activities and law enforcement. The state of Pennsylvania does and they are pursuing their duties.

I and the courts are not giving Penn State a free pass. How is my thinking giving Penn State a free pass? Punishing the victims (student-athletes, students, alumni, Penn State community) is not the solution it is the problem. Again, let me be clear and you and anyone else tell me, where in the NCAA charter is criminal law enforcement?

December 31, 2012  01:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

DS. Agree the university, the perps, the AD, the Pres all deserve their punishments. And I might add they are getting it. First guy (Sandusky) has life in prison. Next is the AD and General Counsel. Their cases (criminal) are about to begin and I can assure you they too will get a taste of what the victims went thru when they go to prison with Bubba. Next is the civil suits which are pending but the size of the check that the University will write will pale in comparison to the hit the NCAA put on them ($60mm).My point is this and you all tell me why you disagree: The student-athletes, the students, the Alumni, and staff (all of whom had nothing to do with this <hit) are being punished for the actions of these criminals. WHY?

Because the people running thier athletic department were scumbags. They omitted to tell anyone that they were allowing the rape of young men to occur under their watch. A lie of ommision is still a lie.

Is this the moral standard that you hold your university too?

December 31, 2012  02:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Pach94, I have four children (youngest now 20). There is no competitive advantage to pedophilia. We all agree. Please understand one very simple statement. The NCAA has no jurisdiction on criminal activities and law enforcement. The state of Pennsylvania does and they are pursuing their duties.I and the courts are not giving Penn State a free pass. How is my thinking giving Penn State a free pass? Punishing the victims (student-athletes, students, alumni, Penn State community) is not the solution it is the problem. Again, let me be clear and you and anyone else tell me, where in the NCAA charter is criminal law enforcement?

I don't see it as the NCAA performing a criminal investigation. What they are doing is showing that if you lie or cover up something that might be detrimental to your athletic departments ability to recruit and raise funds it is the same thing as lying to cover up payments to a player. Since this cover up was throughout the athletic department and very egregious it should be punished as such.


I did not mean to offend you or your children. If that is how that comment came across I apologize.

 
December 31, 2012  02:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

DS. Agree the university, the perps, the AD, the Pres all deserve their punishments. And I might add they are getting it. First guy (Sandusky) has life in prison. Next is the AD and General Counsel. Their cases (criminal) are about to begin and I can assure you they too will get a taste of what the victims went thru when they go to prison with Bubba. Next is the civil suits which are pending but the size of the check that the University will write will pale in comparison to the hit the NCAA put on them ($60mm).My point is this and you all tell me why you disagree: The student-athletes, the students, the Alumni, and staff (all of whom had nothing to do with this <hit) are being punished for the actions of these criminals. WHY?

Penn State (Paterno and company) football was the attraction that Sandusky used to intice children. Penn State allowed Sandusky the use of their athletic facilities to assault those children. After receiving enough information to ban Sandusky from their facilities, they not only chose not to do this, they also chose to not alert the proper authorities. If college athletics is supposed to be about more than money, the NCAA had to act. You cannot allow an ongoing criminal enterprise (the seduction and abuse of children) to be shielded by Penn State football and then claim it is not a matter for the NCAA.

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