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07:40 AM ET 01.01 | With the New Year comes drastic change in Happy Valley. Bill O'Brien is no longer the Penn State football coach. The 44-year-old, the former offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, is back in the NFL as a head coach with the Houston Texans, per multiple reports on Tuesday. ... The Lions will be looking to stabilize the program. They will be looking for someone to fill the head coaching position on a long-term basis. The last two winters have been dominated by speculation that O'Brien would leave. I think PSU will zero in on some big-name candidates and Vanderbilt's James Franklin is definitely on the radar at Penn State, I'm told. But just as important, I think the Lions will be looking for coaches who want to coach on the college level, not ones who openly harbor aspirations of coaching in the NFL.

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January 1, 2014  08:28 AM ET

Recruiting...another year psu will help them buckeyes. Thanks!

January 1, 2014  09:22 AM ET

But, but--he promised his recruits he wasn't leaving! Was he fibbing?

January 1, 2014  09:27 AM ET
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But, but--he promised his recruits he wasn't leaving! Was he fibbing?

Coachspeak once again. See Nick Saban.

January 1, 2014  09:52 AM ET
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Coachspeak once again. See Nick Saban.

Aww, c'mon. He wasn't "fibbing" and it wasn't "coachspeak."

He was LYING. Unfortunately, for the Texans, he's as bad a liar as he is a coach.

January 1, 2014  10:14 AM ET

The Penn State football program should be dissolved.

January 1, 2014  11:27 AM ET
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Aww, c'mon. He wasn't "fibbing" and it wasn't "coachspeak."He was LYING. Unfortunately, for the Texans, he's as bad a liar as he is a coach.

Fortunately....the problem is the NFL will hamper some college football programs poaching other schools head coaches.

January 1, 2014  11:29 AM ET

Wonder how frustrated Hackenberg is...he should challenge the NFL policy.

January 1, 2014  12:06 PM ET

Why would Franklin want to take on that mess? It's going to stink in Happy Valley for a long time.

January 1, 2014  12:21 PM ET

No one expected O'Brien to stay forever. He did a great job under the worst possible circumstances, and I wish him well.

January 1, 2014  12:47 PM ET
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No one expected O'Brien to stay forever. He did a great job under the worst possible circumstances, and I wish him well.

He did "a great job..."

LMFAO!

January 1, 2014  12:53 PM ET

He did a great job under the circumstances the pedophiles left him under. This does not just hurt P St, it hurts the whole B1G that has become a basketball conference replacing the BIg East. Football has become a secondary sport under Delaney.

January 1, 2014  12:59 PM ET
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He did a great job under the circumstances the pedophiles left him under. This does not just hurt P St, it hurts the whole B1G that has become a basketball conference replacing the BIg East. Football has become a secondary sport under Delaney.

Disagree...Big East gad bith fb and bb.

January 1, 2014  01:10 PM ET

Life long Penn State fan. I have mixed feelings. I was extremely unhappy after the 1st year he waned to leave. The kids that stayed deserved better. They didn't deserve a 1 and done coach. I just couldn't understand how a coach would take that job knowing how badly the program and the kids needed stability. The program was already facing a monumental uphill battle in recruiting so to look to get out after 1 year was not going to help. After the 2nd year it was clear he hadn't changed his mind after getting more money. I can't see how Penn State can effectively recruit this year. But.....on the other hand he did a great job at Penn State. The kids had a winning program for 2 years when it would have been easy to go in the toilet. I'm really happy that the kids that stayed had 2 good years.

January 1, 2014  01:38 PM ET
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Life long Penn State fan. I have mixed feelings. I was extremely unhappy after the 1st year he waned to leave. The kids that stayed deserved better. They didn't deserve a 1 and done coach. I just couldn't understand how a coach would take that job knowing how badly the program and the kids needed stability. The program was already facing a monumental uphill battle in recruiting so to look to get out after 1 year was not going to help. After the 2nd year it was clear he hadn't changed his mind after getting more money. I can't see how Penn State can effectively recruit this year. But.....on the other hand he did a great job at Penn State. The kids had a winning program for 2 years when it would have been easy to go in the toilet. I'm really happy that the kids that stayed had 2 good years.

Those kids CHOSE PSU, knowing the circumstances, and I'm sure they played their hearts out, but...

Penn State deserved EVERY bit of punishment they received, and MORE!

Do not weep for Penn State. Wasted tears.

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January 1, 2014  02:46 PM ET
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Life long Penn State fan. I have mixed feelings. I was extremely unhappy after the 1st year he waned to leave. The kids that stayed deserved better. They didn't deserve a 1 and done coach. I just couldn't understand how a coach would take that job knowing how badly the program and the kids needed stability. The program was already facing a monumental uphill battle in recruiting so to look to get out after 1 year was not going to help. After the 2nd year it was clear he hadn't changed his mind after getting more money. I can't see how Penn State can effectively recruit this year. But.....on the other hand he did a great job at Penn State. The kids had a winning program for 2 years when it would have been easy to go in the toilet. I'm really happy that the kids that stayed had 2 good years.

This time they'll go after someone who wants to stay. Al Golden maybe? I hope not Schiano, but no doubt he's a candidate.

January 1, 2014  03:13 PM ET
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This time they'll go after someone who wants to stay. Al Golden maybe? I hope not Schiano, but no doubt he's a candidate.

Al Golden. Excellent choice. He's just like JoeFraud...except he suuuuuuucks as a head coach.

 
January 1, 2014  03:59 PM ET

Penn state plays 4 very weak opponents in its OOC games each year and then goes 4-4 in the B1G against very weak competition. Most coaches could go 15-9 under such scheduling.

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