Athletic director expects Bill O’Brien at Penn State “for a long time.”

There’s reason to believe that Bill O’Brien could be at Penn State long-term — at least according to athletic director Dave Joyner. 
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In an Associated Press report from Connecticut today, Joyner said he speaks several times each week with O’Brien, the second-year head coach and, “I can tell you we talk in terms of years and years. We make plans for years and years.” 
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Expect Bill O'Brien at Penn State for at least a few more years, said AD Dave Joyner.

Expect Bill O’Brien at Penn State for the long haul, said AD Dave Joyner.

O’Brien surprised most by leading the Nittany Lions to eight victories in his rookie season, just weeks after the NCAA hammered the university with harsh sanctions related to the Freeh Report and the Jerry Sandusky scandal. 
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The sanctions include a four-year postseason ban, a significant reduction in scholarships and the waiving of standard player transfer restrictions, which will end later this summer. 
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Then, immediately after last season ended, O’Brien received head coaching interest from NFL teams. He did end that speculation rather quickly. 
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“First of all, I think we’re going to have this guy for a long time. I truly, truly believe that,” Joyner told the AP. “But whenever the day comes that Bill may choose to leave — if that’s five years from now, if it’s 10 years; he may never choose to leave, this may be his last job, I certainly hope so — then we’ll adapt and deal with it.” 
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Joyner also said he doesn’t envision the recent flap over a Sports Illustrated piece, which questioned changes in the way Penn State football players will receive medical attention, will help drive O’Brien out in any way. 
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“He’s very good at focusing through the noise, as you know,” Joyner said. 
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He also referred to O’Brien as the best rookie head coach in history and knows that will create perpetual interest from the NFL. 
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“That’s the baggage you get for hiring a really, really good coach, having people what to talk to him,” Joyner said. “That’s great. That’s flattering. All indications are we’re full speed ahead.” 
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2 Responses to Athletic director expects Bill O’Brien at Penn State “for a long time.”

  1. Joseph Goldstein says:

    “Then, immediately after last season ended, O’Brien received head coaching interest from NFL teams. He did end that speculation rather quickly ”

    I remember the opposite. The media (it might have even been you) asked straight out if he is coming back next year and he declined to answer. Kept us guessing for quite a long time.

    • Frank Bodani says:

      OK, Joe, I will give you this one. O’Brien would not answer the question directly after the last two games of the season, which meant that we didn’t truly get him until the beginning of January.
      I think the idea that he was possibly truly looking around was there. I suppose it didn’t quite elevate to the level where I thought he actually would bolt.

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