Bill O’Brien had said he should name his new starting quarterback by the end of the week.
His team, after all, does begin concentrating on preparing for season-opening Syracuse today in practice.
But, once again, the Penn State head coach declined to divulge his intent, if he truly knows it all.
Today, O’Brien and Syracuse coach Scott Shafer participated in a teleconference to promote their game at Met-Life Stadium on Aug. 31.
Sure enough, O’Brien was asked quickly about whether he has decided on true freshman Christian Hackenberg or junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson as his starting QB.
And he balked.
“I think the biggest thing, again, is that we have two really good young quarterback,” O’Brien said. “The only thing I care about is that the football team understands where we are headed.
“We have two really good young quarterbacks and both have to be ready to play for us this year.”
A bit later, O’Brien was asked to clarify his timetable for his releasing his highly-anticipated decision on a starter. And he became agitated.
“I don’t know, it might not come until next week. … You know what? It might not come until the first play of the game on offense.
“We’re all into this clarification stuff. It’s my job to run the football team. I’m always going to do what’s best for the football team. … All I care about is that the guys in our team meeting room know where we’re headed.
“And the guys in our football team (do) know where we’re headed …”
O’Brien’s next chance to announce his decision may come Tuesday during the first of his regularly-scheduled game-week press conferences.
Check out our podcast where I talk with Jim Seip about the quarterback competition and Penn State’s preseason camp.