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07:49 AM ET 12.23 | Penn State coach Bill O'Brien may have greased the wheels for a less costly move out of Happy Valley and the Nittany Lions. [O'Brien]amended his contract last summer with the intent to lower the buyout any NFL team would have to pay the school and make it easier for him to jump to the pros, a copy of the Nittany Lions coach's contract provided to ESPN reveals, and there already have been conversations to reduce the NFL buyout even further. The restated contract shows O'Brien changed the formula for his buyout and reduced the price of an NFL buyout from $19.33 million last year to $6.48 million for this year, per the contract, whereas the buyout another school would have to pay Penn State for O'Brien is $11.08 million.

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December 23, 2013  10:30 AM ET

No coach is worth even half that much. This is ridiculous.

December 23, 2013  10:39 AM ET

Great coach. not sure w the PSU folk want him out. well I'm kind of sure.

December 23, 2013  10:50 AM ET

Now TU can afford to get him.

December 23, 2013  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

No coach is worth even half that much. This is ridiculous.

There is ALWAYS someone with enough of an ego (and money) to pay that much and more these days. Regardless of what the position may actually worth. heh heh 8-)

December 23, 2013  11:08 AM ET

Sorry, but this looks like a future Lane Kiffen repeat story. Take a guy from the pros with a pretty good record as an assistant, make him the head coach of a football team that was pretty good before NCAA sanctions, and the first couple years he does well.. but not great... and suddenly all they hype about what a great NFL coach he will be? Nawwww, not buying it, haven't seen PSU do anything spectacular.

December 23, 2013  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Sorry, but this looks like a future Lane Kiffen repeat story. Take a guy from the pros with a pretty good record as an assistant, make him the head coach of a football team that was pretty good before NCAA sanctions, and the first couple years he does well.. but not great... and suddenly all they hype about what a great NFL coach he will be? Nawwww, not buying it, haven't seen PSU do anything spectacular.

With all of their sanctions? He is doing a helluva job.

December 23, 2013  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Now TU can afford to get him.

?

Tulsa doesn't have an opening at HC.

December 23, 2013  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

There is ALWAYS someone with enough of an ego (and money) to pay that much and more these days. Regardless of what the position may actually worth. heh heh 8-)

Yes and it's sad. Narcissistic society where individuals are considered more important than the team. Saban gets statues, Joe Pa was worshiped in paintings and sculptures, Texas' official website was "Mack Brown Texas Football" what a crock it was Texas football long before Mack Brown.

December 23, 2013  11:53 AM ET

I hope he stay put. He's coached the hell out of a decimated team but the cupboard is filling back up. Hackenburg appears to be the real deal (next year will be telling). I'd hate to see Penn St. loose the momentum BO'B is building.

December 23, 2013  12:12 PM ET

Looks like Bill's departure is imminent. He probably misses the big city life.

December 23, 2013  12:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

?Tulsa doesn't have an opening at HC.

Hey FJ have you seen this vid of J Heard in the state champ game? Check out the play at 1:30. We could use him in the Alamo Bowl LOL!

http://tinyurl.com/mktxl8g

December 23, 2013  12:35 PM ET
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With all of their sanctions? He is doing a helluva job.

Really??? Exactly WHAT has he done, except bring PSU back to mediocrity? I just don't understand all the hype with this guy! To my eye, he hasn't done squat that would earn him a job in The League. That's just insane.

December 23, 2013  12:37 PM ET

Next stop, Cleveland? Oakland?

December 23, 2013  12:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

No coach is worth even half that much. This is ridiculous.

+1
I really like Dantonio at MSU, but don't feel bad that he "only" makes $1.9 million a year. As he said, "I can pay my bills." This paying outlandish salaries is more about the egos of the school leadership (admin & boosters) than anything related to market value. "If whatsamattaU pays their coach x amount of dollars, our prestigious bastion of academia & athletics must pay our coach 3x amount of dollars."
People, let's not forget that these guys go to work in T-shirts & shorts with whistle around their necks. You know, like gym teachers.

December 23, 2013  12:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Really??? Exactly WHAT has he done, except bring PSU back to mediocrity? I just don't understand all the hype with this guy! To my eye, he hasn't done squat that would earn him a job in The League. That's just insane.

The situation at PSU was unprecedentedly awful. What other coach ever had to deal with the "legacy" O'Brien did? Even to hold the team together to be competitive instead of completely tanking under those wretched circumstances was herculean. (How do you instill pride in a kid playing for PSU now? Somehow, I guess he did.) That says a lot about leadership. He may not have earned a place in the NFL as of yet - that's certainly fair enough- but entertaining the idea is hardly "just insane": there are many very poor coaches in the NFL now who haven't got any leadership skills whatsoever. To name a few: Schwartz, Shanahan, and Ryan.

December 23, 2013  12:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

+1I really like Dantonio at MSU, but don't feel bad that he "only" makes $1.9 million a year...

'Bama's brain trust threw a $2 million raise at Saban this month because his agent and the media manipulated them into believing a fantasy. It really has become ridiculous.

December 23, 2013  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

To name a few: Schwartz, Shanahan, and Ryan.

You forgot the worst of all...Greg Schiano.

December 23, 2013  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

With all of their sanctions? He is doing a helluva job.

He held a team together and amazingly kept many top players who had the option of leaving for another school. Those points I will give you. I think that confusing the circumstances in which he took over and how he actually coached the team on the field is a mistake. If you take out the shocking charges (sex abuse) and just look at the sanctions, you could say that except for the 60 million dollar fine, USC had just as tough of circumstances, and Kiffen took over and just like O'Brien did a pretty good job. Two years is not enough time to judge his accomplishments with, and I think there is a reason he is itching to get out while he can, he knows things are not gong to be so good the next couple.

December 23, 2013  01:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

The situation at PSU was unprecedentedly awful. What other coach ever had to deal with the "legacy" O'Brien did? Even to hold the team together to be competitive instead of completely tanking under those wretched circumstances was herculean. (How do you instill pride in a kid playing for PSU now? Somehow, I guess he did.) That says a lot about leadership. He may not have earned a place in the NFL as of yet - that's certainly fair enough- but entertaining the idea is hardly "just insane": there are many very poor coaches in the NFL now who haven't got any leadership skills whatsoever. To name a few: Schwartz, Shanahan, and Ryan.

And I stand by my post about O'Brien. He hasn't done anything at PSU that a dozen or so other coaches couldn't have done. He needs to prove himself as an HC on the collegiate level, which he has not done IMO, before someone goes crazy and hands him an NFL team.

 
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