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Bill O'Brien wins Bear Bryant Coach of the Year award

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04:02 PM ET 01.18 | When Bill O'Brien took over at Penn State a year ago, it wasn't under the circumstances he had dreamed of. But nevertheless, O'Brien leaped in front of a speeding train and helped the Nittany Lions earn an eight-win season and begin their road to redemption. For his efforts, the Penn State head coach has been honored yet again this year with another head coaching award. This time it's the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year award. O'Brien becomes the second Penn State head coach to win the award since Joe Paterno took home the hardware in the award's first year in 1986. In winning the award, O'Brien has joined the likes of Nick Saban, Lloyd Carr, Bob Stoops and Lou Holtz as a recipient of the award and he's doing so in his first season.

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Bill O'Brien, AP Photo/Ralph Wilson Bill O'Brien, AP Photo/Ralph Wilson
January 18, 2013  05:55 PM ET

A nod to Bill.

January 18, 2013  06:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

A nod to Bill.

On your knees Tin Man and nod before Bill!

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January 18, 2013  08:42 PM ET

Very well deserved for what he did with that program....kudos

January 18, 2013  08:47 PM ET
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O'Brien will now ask for more money.

Nothing wrong with that.

January 18, 2013  11:22 PM ET
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Very well deserved for what he did with that program....kudos

agree.

January 18, 2013  11:22 PM ET
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O'Brien will now ask for more money.

And he should get more.

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January 19, 2013  10:00 AM ET

when does the statue go up?

January 19, 2013  10:33 AM ET

Another year or two and Bill will be going back to the NFL

January 19, 2013  03:41 PM ET
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Make O'Brien the highest paid coach in College football. Penn State has the money to do this.

Speaking of Penn State.......Al Pacino has just been scheduled to play Paterno in a new movie later this year......being done by Brian DePalma.

January 19, 2013  06:46 PM ET

Kudos to O'Brien.
Penn State fans need to hear some good news.

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