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07:19 AM ET 12.27 | Penn State coach Bill O'Brien appears to be stepping closer to the door. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "Around the League Live" that O'Brien is one of the Houston Texans' top candidates to fill their coaching job, according to sources familiar with the team's process. O'Brien and the Texans agreed to have an interview after Christmas, which means it's already happened or it will happen in the near future. League executives view O'Brien, the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator, as a very real possibility to leap from college back to the NFL. ... It is surprising from the outside that an NFL team would be so willing to pay a big buyout, but $6.5 million is a relatively small sum for an NFL owner

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December 27, 2013  08:31 AM ET

Take the $$$ bro. They (NCAA) hosed your school.

December 27, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Yes, most of us carry around $6.5 mil in a wad of bills. Chump change.

December 27, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Take the $$$ bro. They (NCAA) hosed your school.

They hosed the players, coaches administrators left to clean the mess up...not "the school" IMHO.

The contract work I do is exactly mess clean up. Not from neglect of acting on child abuse, but from different forms of inappropriate behavior by adults in the institutions. Even when the institution acts immediately and terminates the people that are at fault, the residual can still have a negative impact on the institution and those remaining or new hires that have to clean it up.

December 27, 2013  09:13 AM ET

He might make a good HC for the Texans, I dunno, but I haven't seen much coverage of them doing a lot of hunting around/interviewing candidates. We'll see what happens, but having a guy with pro HC experience is what the Texans need IMO. They have good talent but just can't get to the next level.

December 27, 2013  09:42 AM ET

Are you nuts, you are building a legacy a Penn St., this would be a horrible career move.

December 27, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He might make a good HC for the Texans, I dunno, but I haven't seen much coverage of them doing a lot of hunting around/interviewing candidates. We'll see what happens, but having a guy with pro HC experience is what the Texans need IMO. They have good talent but just can't get to the next level.

I'd go with Wisenhunt (forgive me for the misspelling)

December 27, 2013  10:09 AM ET

Watch him end up in Austin, not Houston.

December 27, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Watch him end up in Austin, not Houston.

Would be FUN to watch all the reactions! LOL

December 27, 2013  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They hosed the players, coaches administrators left to clean the mess up...not "the school" IMHO.

DC, "players, coaches & administrators" = the school. Punish the individuals not the institution, unless you can show institutional complicity and action. Of course IMHO.

December 27, 2013  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

unless you can show institutional complicity and action.

Oh, I agree it is better to punish the individuals that committed the acts. And the "institution" (or their representatives) should have done so with due diligence instead of caving in and waiting on the next level to do so.

From my experience "the institution" always suffers when picking up the pieces. Not necessarily right, just the way it is. The opposite is to let the institution off scott free. That's not good either.

Best be careful who they hire. Most "institutions" don't have the desire or foritude to hire someone that won't "cave in" to the big powers. They want a puppet with strings attached that say "yowsir master".

Again, just what I've experienced from my work.

December 27, 2013  12:43 PM ET

Not going to be as easy to give those millions away as some might think.

December 27, 2013  12:59 PM ET
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DC, "players, coaches & administrators" = the school. Punish the individuals not the institution, unless you can show institutional complicity and action. Of course IMHO.

BB, are you suggesting that the coaches and administrators at PSU were NOT complicit??? I believe that administrative complicity was amply proven, don't you?

People often speak of "cover-ups," and most of the time, those accusations are laughable. In this case, however, a cover-up is EXACTLY what took place. IMO, PSU should have received the dreaded "Death Penalty."

December 27, 2013  01:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

BB, are you suggesting that the coaches and administrators at PSU were NOT complicit??? I believe that administrative complicity was amply proven, don't you?People often speak of "cover-ups," and most of the time, those accusations are laughable. In this case, however, a cover-up is EXACTLY what took place. IMO, PSU should have received the dreaded "Death Penalty."

Not sure about the Death Penalty, but everything else you stated is absolutely true. Court proven. Not even debatable.

December 27, 2013  01:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Not sure about the Death Penalty, but everything else you stated is absolutely true. Court proven. Not even debatable.

You can include State Officials, the Governors office and State Police. Ya could look it up....

December 27, 2013  01:37 PM ET

Add "cheerleaders" to the end of that thread title, and we're talking!

December 27, 2013  02:24 PM ET

PSUs complicity has not been court proven. The trials of Curley, Schultz and Spanier are still forthcoming. Prosecutor Fina has already stated that no evidence exists that Paterno was part of any cover-up.

December 27, 2013  03:07 PM ET

Can't blame him from wanting to leave. He is probably tired of listening to all those "drop the soap" jokes.

December 27, 2013  09:34 PM ET

Good luck to PSU, I hope they can find a quality coach. He's as good as gone.

B1G gets embarrassed again. 8-4 Goph's go down to 6-6 Syracuse.

Michigan will lose tomorrow with freshman starting at QB.

B1G may not win a bowl game this year . . . . horrible. No I don't give tOSU or Sparty a great chance of winning. tOSU has ALOT to prove after their last 2 games.

December 27, 2013  11:11 PM ET

Let me add . . . I hope I am wrong about the B1G. Would prefer they all win.

 
December 28, 2013  12:25 AM ET
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Are you nuts, you are building a legacy a Penn St., this would be a horrible career move.

And 44 years from now he'll be a legend. Hopefully he doesn't stay for one season more, or else he'll be a reviled pedophile like his predecessor.

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