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Bill O'Brien was frustrated with Penn State

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03:51 PM ET 01.01 | Bill O'Brien officially left the Penn State Nittany Lions on New Year's Eve to return to the NFL coaching ranks. O'Brien was named as the new head coach of the Houston Texans on Tuesday night and it looks like a move that he has been longing for. O'Brien was growing frustrated at Penn State and was prepared to leave early last month. O'Brien was tired of the politics that are involved in the college ranks and he was tired of the "Paterno people" attempting to tell him how he should be doing his job.

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January 1, 2014  07:05 PM ET

Yes, the "Paterno family" and people were highly critical of O'Brien, especially the letting-go of the long time assistant coach (one that JoPa hired).

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January 1, 2014  09:18 PM ET

I hope Penn State think they need a proven head coach. Please don't look at Narduzzi.

January 1, 2014  09:37 PM ET

Oh we all knew this was coming.

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January 1, 2014  09:41 PM ET

What ever happen to the redheaded coach who blew the whistle on the perv who sees nothing wrong with taking very long showers with little boys?

January 1, 2014  09:49 PM ET
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I hope Penn State think they need a proven head coach. Please don't look at Narduzzi.

Congrats on the WIN in the Rose Bowl, DS... Wasn't sure how that game was gonna end up.

January 1, 2014  10:00 PM ET
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What ever happen to the redheaded coach who blew the whistle on the perv who sees nothing wrong with taking very long showers with little boys?

He was beaten like a redheaded step-child by the Paterno family.

January 2, 2014  12:51 AM ET
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What ever happen to the redheaded coach who blew the whistle on the perv who sees nothing wrong with taking very long showers with little boys?

Van, after watching UCF beat Baylor tonight I was impressed with how well the Knights were coached. Make me wonder what would have happened if you Domers had kept O'Leary as a HC back before Willingham, Weis and Kelley.

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January 2, 2014  05:41 AM ET
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O'Brien was a temporary hire anyway as a caretaker till a big name caoch was willing to step up and come in. Bill is a very average coach and not a big time leader for Penn State.

I don't think an average coach could handle the Penn State situation near as well as O'Brien did.

January 2, 2014  06:10 AM ET
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I don't think an average coach could handle the Penn State situation near as well as O'Brien did.

I agree. Although, he was in a no-lose situation. If he lost, it could be blamed on the situation he inherited, yet stuck it out. If he won, he is lauded for rallying the troops. The next coach will have his work cut out for him - beginning with keeping the recruits that were promised up until Dec. 30 that BOB was staying.

January 2, 2014  07:13 AM ET
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Bill O'Brien was a very average football coach and not destined for the limelight. Penn State wins big by letting Billy O move on. Now a real coach can come in and recruit and win. Vastly overrated was O'Brien. Average maybe.

how do sour grapes taste?

January 2, 2014  07:22 AM ET
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Van, after watching UCF beat Baylor tonight I was impressed with how well the Knights were coached. Make me wonder what would have happened if you Domers had kept O'Leary as a HC back before Willingham, Weis and Kelley.

A lot of ND fans have asked that question over the past decade, until Brian Kelly got the Irish winning again.
O'Leary was a good coach with an exaggerated resume, now a good coach with an accurate resume.

January 2, 2014  07:22 AM ET

for all of you **** and moaners out there, try competing in the "limelight" with a handful of scholarships to give out. Go b*tch to sandusky in his jail cell and paterno's grave for ruining the program, not the guy who did pretty well with the crap that he was left.

January 2, 2014  07:43 AM ET

Bill used Penn State to further his own ambitions and that is to be a head coach in the NFL.

January 2, 2014  08:08 AM ET

So what big name head coach is going to step in at Pedo State now? It is still too early for anyone to seriously consider this a job they have to have. I doubt anyone will consider it until at least the scholarships are all available again (not sure when that would be).

January 2, 2014  08:23 AM ET

Sounds like Coach O'B had the same problem that Ray Perkins had at Bama. (Worse, actually, given the scholly/bowl restrictions.) And, like Ray, he bolted back to the NFL. The politics at the NFL are vastly different at the pro level and at the college level (especially when succeeding a long-time and legendary coach).

January 2, 2014  09:36 AM ET
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O'Brien was a temporary hire anyway as a caretaker till a big name caoch was willing to step up and come in. Bill is a very average coach and not a big time leader for Penn State.

O'Brian did more then fill in .......in what he had to work with he did pretty well......Penn St.'s Loss and O'Brians gain.

 
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