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O'Brien denies raise, changes at Penn State

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07:59 AM ET 01.08 | Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien attempted to set the record straight on Monday morning. [O'Brien] denied receiving a $1.3 million raise paid for by a donor as well as that there have been structural changes to the football program in the wake of his considering NFL coaching jobs. "Going back to money and all these things, you really don't know me if you write something or say something that this guy did it for leverage and money," O'Brien said this morning. "I had a conversation in the best interest of my family with a few people. And at the end of the day this is the decision I made. We're all faced with choices." O'Brien confirmed that he was contacted by NFL organizations last week, declining to comment on which teams.

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January 8, 2013  08:28 AM ET

Well I Believe it's not about money, don't You?

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January 8, 2013  09:23 AM ET

O'Brien talks commitment to his players but doesn't heed his own advice. It's do as I say and not as I do.

January 8, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

O'Brien talks commitment to his players but doesn't heed his own advice. It's do as I say and not as I do.

Is this surprising ? College Basketball and Football at the highest level are a business where the employees receive a one year scholarship (that can roll to the next year or not) as payment. Until something changes it is what it is

January 8, 2013  11:03 AM ET

Much a do about nothing.

January 8, 2013  11:11 AM ET

"I had a few conversations with people about what was best for my family." In other words.. "I told them give me more money or I will pack up my family and leave." Denying he got $1.3 could also mean it was a higher number or just not 1.3.. maybe it was 1.2999999 or 1.4, but not 1.3. lol

January 8, 2013  11:20 AM ET

DearbornSparty is the final Pick'em winner for the season. You'll have to go to the group site to read the avi. It's worth it. Thanks, colonel.

January 8, 2013  11:21 AM ET

He's no different than any other college coach when an NFL team comes a calling.

January 8, 2013  12:40 PM ET

What does that say about the Eagles and Browns organizations if Bill O'Brien thinks that PSU is the less toxic atmosphere...?

January 8, 2013  01:57 PM ET
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He's no different than any other college coach when an NFL team comes a calling.

In most cases I would be on board 100%, but in the case I respectfully disagree; he took on a difficult position knowingly and managed to retain + recruit talent by selling a brand of loyalty and family. Looking elsewhere at the very first opportunity was extremely sleezy and killed his credibility (at least in my eyes).

January 8, 2013  02:27 PM ET

I don't have the time to read 700 posts. Can anyone tell me anything of significance about the other thread??? Thanks.

January 8, 2013  03:10 PM ET
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DearbornSparty is the final Pick'em winner for the season. You'll have to go to the group site to read the avi. It's worth it. Thanks, colonel.

You're a good man Sparty :) I won the DGAF 1 pick'em :)

January 8, 2013  04:50 PM ET

I would almost bet that Pro teams were offering at least twice what he would/will make at PSU. Is it that unfathomable that someone could have some integrity and want to stay for reasons other than money. His job is going to get more difficult starting next year when the scholorships disappear. It is refreshig to see someone stick with something for once, PSU is not Alabama, ANY pro head coaching job would hold more prestiege and money than most college jobs. Try to see the good in a story once in awhile instead of all the rotten news we are fed on a daily basis.

January 8, 2013  07:43 PM ET

From what I have read and seen about him, I totally respect him that think what he said is truthful....that might change in a few years, but for now, my hat is off to him...

January 9, 2013  02:22 AM ET
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O'Brien talks commitment to his players but doesn't heed his own advice. It's do as I say and not as I do.

Let's see... he stayed. That generally is considered commitment. Lurie would probably have thrown $5-6million/year at him. Though I'm sure if some company called you up and offered an interview with a likely substantial raise, you would just flat out say "no" without hearing anything they had to say. Next thing you know you fools will be saying "he looked at a girl on campus, he must be cheating on his wife." Sigh.

 
January 9, 2013  01:54 PM ET

Personally I think he deserves a raise for what he did last year - the winning was great, but more important keeping the fans and the team going. His loyalty should be rewarded. I don't see what would be bad about announcing he received a raise - would probably be a big boost to his recruiting - which is already tough enough.

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