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From si.com: "Amid Thursday reports that Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien appears destined to accept an NFL job, a Penn State source indicated that O'Brien's departure is not a foregone conclusion. Penn State is in the midst of a massive push to keep O'Brien, according to a source, and has received positive indications that he's strongly considering staying. The source said that the university is tugging at O'Brien's heartstrings and attachment to the school that gave him his break to be a head coach. The emotional tie O'Brien has to the school is a looming factor in any decision on his future. O'Brien has drawn interest from several NFL teams, including the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, according to reports. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that O'Brien interviewed with the Browns earlier in the week. Both of those teams are believe to be holding out for the chance to speak with Oregon's Chip Kelly, who is clearly the hottest commodity now that most NFL executives believe Nick Saban will not consider an NFL job this year."
From: nj.com/eagles: "Any team would owe Penn State the money due to O'Brien's deal for each of the remaining eight years on his contract. With O'Brien's contract paying him just $950,000 annually, the buyout would come to $7.6 million. With the Eagles set to get back Andy Reid's $5 million when he takes another job, the buy out would come to roughly $2.6 million--a small price to pay for landing O'Brien as a head coach. That is not all, however. O'Brien must also pay Penn State any compensation that was owed to him during the length of the contract. O'Brien is payed $1 million per year to participates in '(1) University-sponsored radio and television programs relating to the Football Program and (2) a reasonable number of public appearances.' He is also paid $350,000 a year for the Penn State's deal with Nike. That amounts to an additional $1.35 million per season and adds an additional $10.8 million to the contract. That makes to total buyout for O'Brien $18.4 million. Will (Eagles owner Jeffrey) Lurie pay it? If he truly believes O'Brien is the man for the job, it's hard to see him not ponying up the cash. This is the most important move for Lurie since he hired Reid back in 1999, and a bad hire here could move the franchise into places it hasn't been in a very, very long time. O'Brien has the unique blend of being a young coach, but also having head coaching experience combined with NFL experience. O'Brien served as the New England Patriot's Offensive Coordinator before going to Penn State and led the Patriots offense to one of the best years in NFL history. It is also no secret that Lurie, a Boston native, has big time admiration for the Patriots. Throw in what (O'Brien) did with Matt McGloin and Penn State given the circumstances, and he is without question one of--if not the best--coaching candidates for the Eagles. That also comes with a big time price tag."
I don't think the buyout is a problem, these NFL owners have $$$.
If he's interviewing, he's out imo. He is an NFL guy at heart and if PSU waves money at him I am just not sure that's going to change his heart. It may for a time, but when you look at what's going on there too I think it's time for him to go. Plus, college cannot offer the type of $$ an NFL team can. Can't wait to see the meltdown if he leaves.
Maybe Meyer or Saban will go there if he leaves!!
Even within the seemingly limitless wallets of the NFL owners, $18.5 M for B O'B seems like the continued absurdity which keeps teams like the Eagles in indentured servitude thanks to their emotional hysteria...Can you say Michael Vick?
How firm thy friendship O-HI-O
if you think he's the right coach, it's peanuts for an owner of a $700M team with other businesses as well. if the browns think he's the right one, a small price to pay to stop the rotation of coaches
Boom, you must be drinking?..Urban is not leaving Columbus for State Penn..
A fool and his money soon part...
ummmm, sarcasm? you know PSU was convinced he was going there, right?
anyhow, now hear bob staying. who knows and who cares. they will be a middle tier big 10 team for several more years
I agree. I think BOB hit Unhappy Valley at absolutely the perfect time in his career. They were reeling, an emotional train wreck. They not only had to replace a legend but a man who's bigger-than-life reputation has been tarred and feathered. They were facing sanctions and defections. No respectable coach wanted to touch that job with a 10-foot pole. He was vilified before he spent a single day on the job. And he rallied the troops in the face of tremendous adversity. He took a walk-on QB who'd passed for 1500 as a junior to doubling his yards and tripling his TDs as a senior and replaced an all-B1G RB with a fullback who ran for 1,000 yards. He got John Simonesque leadership from senior LB Mike Manti. He took a beating when they lost early to OU and UVA, rallied the troops and righted the ship again and went on to go 6-2 in the B1G. He deservedly won B1G coach of the year. Had he failed no one would have blamed him. He had nothing to lose and everything to gain.
But he's like Keno Davis, a first-year coach who led an undersized, under-rated Drake basketball team to a hugely surprising 28-5 record starting four seniors and a sophomore--he knew he couldn't top that the next year and took the money and ran to Providence.
Now is the perfect time for BOB to bail--crippled by the sanctions, he cannot hope to replicate what he accomplished this year next year.
Kind of funny about Obrien. When he was hired fans and alumni were moaning & groaning about the hire since he was not part of the 'Penn St family' esp with the troubles PSU was facing. Now they'll be moaning & groaning if he leaves ! LOL...
What I don't get is why didn't O'Brien have an "out" clause regarding NCAA penalties. ?
I don't know, $18 mil on top of his NFL salary. That's a pretty penny for an unproven NFL coach.
Brady Hoke licked the pizza boy's taint to get the scUM job.
BOB issued a statement that he's not leaving PSU, saying "I'm not a one-and-done guy. 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."
Good for him. He had a lot of integrity in my eyes and now it's even higher.
Spot on. True character of a person to stay and live out his promise to this team. Awesome for him.
Don't like PSU, but warming up to BOB.
Agreed... Now if other B10 execs would hire this kind of guy and invest in facilities...we might be on the road back as a conference
Gotcha...Maybe I was drinking
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