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How Pegula's billions kept O'Brien at Penn State

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08:22 AM ET 01.04 | For a day, Penn State fans had to worry about Bill O'Brien leaving Happy Valley. In an exclusive conversation, the second-year head coach confirmed that he was contacted by and entertained overtures from multiple NFL clubs through his agent Joe Linta. ... O'Brien acknowledged that PSU donor Terry Pegula, financier of the new Penn State hockey arena, has been a major ally in his efforts. Pegula was the first person who contacted O'Brien in late 2011 when he was eventually interviewed for the job. Though O'Brien was not specific about it, high-level PSU sources have told me that a $1.3 million donation is to be added to O'Brien's salary in the coming year that will bump his total compensation to $3.6 million.

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January 4, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Money, money changes everything...

January 4, 2013  09:11 AM ET

The IRS will be by shortly to discuss this with you, Coach.

January 4, 2013  09:16 AM ET

$1.3M would keep me around too.

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January 4, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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Bill O'brien is an average football coach. His past college teams were all average. This will play out and show O'Brien ain't no woody Hayes or Bear Bryant. Bill is easily replaced with Al Golden. No loss if he leaves.

From Wiki, he's never been a HC in college. Are you thinking of another O'Brien?

January 4, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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$0.3M would keep me around too.

Fixed it for me

January 4, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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$3 would get me a cheap lunch at Taco Bell (or the Lutheran church on Wednesdays).

FIFM

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January 4, 2013  09:56 AM ET

That extra money, plus the huge buyout any NFL team would have to fork over, kept O'Brien at PSU. I had a feeling he would stay.

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January 4, 2013  11:12 AM ET

Don't care. This story doesn't deserve 2 threads per day.

January 4, 2013  11:20 AM ET
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From Wiki, he's never been a HC in college. Are you thinking of another O'Brien?

Don't feed the trolls. btw, you are correct he must be confusing him with Tom O'Brien

January 4, 2013  11:20 AM ET

Can Pegula's billions get them off probation and bowl ban???

January 4, 2013  11:27 AM ET

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