O’Brien decides to stay at Penn State

O’Brien guided the Nittany Lions to a 6-2 record in Big Ten play this past season.

(SportsData) — Penn State Nittany Lions head football coach Bill O’Brien announced Thursday that he would remain with the team after interviewing with the Cleveland Browns earlier this week. O’Brien’s name had been bandied about in regards to possibly filling one of the seven NFL head coaching vacancies. He guided Penn State to an 8-4 record in his first year as head coach, succeeding Joe Paterno on Jan. 7, 2012 after one season as offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots.

“I’m not a one-and-done guy,” O’Brien told pennlive.com. “I made a commitment to these players at Penn State and that’s what I am going to do. I’m not gonna cut and run after one year. That’s for sure.”

O’Brien was named the Big Ten Conference’s Coach of the Year after leading the Nittany Lions to eight wins in their final 10 games following an 0-2 start as the team emerged from the turmoil of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Penn State is currently operating under several NCAA sanctions, including a four-year bowl ban.

 

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