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07:46 AM ET 11.28 | Life in Happy Valley this week isn't all that jovial for a football team wandering through the snow on a nearly empty campus after a difficult season. Wisconsin is a final game at the end of a long week of an even longer season, promising no payoff. ... [Coach Bill O'Brien] can't go more than a few publicized words without bringing up the toughness of his kids. This week more than ever will test their desire and motivation. O'Brien believes they've always had it and still do. "I'm thankful for this football team, these players," he said. "I really am. I can't tell you enough how much I enjoy coaching these guys. I wish that some of these games had gone our way, but they didn't. "It is what it is. I'm very thankful to come in here every day and coach these guys. I really am. I'm thankful for that."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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November 28, 2013  08:46 AM ET

Thx = Sandusky in jail.

November 28, 2013  08:51 AM ET

I heard that Sandusky is in charge of welcoming new inmates.

November 28, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Billy O should be giving thanks for the $3 million plaus he is sucking out of Penn States coffers. This overrated nothing has done nothing at penn State. Give thanks for that.

Still beat TSUN coach!

November 28, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Sounds like a farewell speech.

November 28, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Sounds like a farewell speech.

What I was thinking.

"I love ya honey but I'm outta here."

November 28, 2013  09:28 AM ET

And on this Thanksgiving Day, giving thanks is an appropriate gesture. Good for Coach BO'B.

November 28, 2013  11:59 AM ET

Stay put bill

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November 28, 2013  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Sounds like a farewell speech.

He's not going anywhere.

November 28, 2013  03:56 PM ET

O'Brien will be going back to the NFL if not next season then the season after.

November 29, 2013  07:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Sounds like a farewell speech.

Where's he going? He didn't do that great this year. (Anybody remember Fitz and how hot he was? Yeah, right.)

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November 30, 2013  11:43 PM ET

Time to lift all the sanctions. These kids did nothing wrong and they've been punished, lets end it and let them move on.

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