Bill O’Brien can certainly throw out the entertaining lines.
While he doesn’t have the vast experience to be the kind of story teller like Joe Paterno, he did veer off toward the late-coach’s thinking during his weekly press conference, at least for effect.
The subject was social media, and his players’ use of it.
(O’Brien, by the way, has been jabbed by reporters for his lack of social media skills or, at least, interest.)
On Tuesday, a reporter asked him about a tweet from cornerback Stephon Morris. The senior was telling supporters not to look ahead to Ohio State, rather to focus on Iowa.
“This is a huge game, we hate them they hate us. Were focused on Iowa that’s it. One game at a time.”
O’Brien was asked to give his opinion.
“You know what I hate? I hate Twitter,” he said. “I think these are young guys, and I think tweet this, spacebook that, whatever. We’ve got to go play a game. We don’t have any hatred for Iowa. We respect Iowa. We have a tremendous amount of respect for their football program and for how they play the game, for how they’re coached …
“I think that’s just young guys tweeting this, twitting that, and that’s how it works, I guess.”
He also was quick with a comeback to a question about backup tailback Curtis Dukes’ apparent public pleading for more playing time.
Would the coach admonish him for his actions?
“Nah, it’s a free country. Curtis is working hard, and he’s a member of the football team, and just continuing to work hard, and that’s all I have to say about that.”
And he seemed a bit irritated when a reporter asked for more detail on what exactly tailback Bill Belton was doing well in practice Monday as he recovers from a bad ankle sprain.
“I don’t know. I mean, he was doing some things well. He caught the ball well, he ran well, he stretched well.”
Stretched well, coach?
We get the point.