Posted January 02, 2014

Penn State AD: New coach be could named in a ‘matter of days’

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Bill O'Brien and Penn State will have footballs scholarships restored by the NCAA. (Getty Images)

Penn State is looking to replace Bill O’Brien, who was announced as the Houston Texans head coach.  (Getty Images)

Penn State is expected to hire a new coach within a matter of days rather than weeks, athletic director Dave Joyner said Thursday.

Penn State is looking to replace Bill O’Brien, who left after two years on the job to take the head coaching job with the Houston Texans. The school announced that defensive assistant Larry Johnson will be the interim coach until a replacement is named.

Joyner will chair a six-person search committee to help find the next coach.

“Our job is going to be to select the next great football coach at Penn State and to get the best football coach available,” Joyner said, via ESPN.com.  “We’ve begun a very robust search that will bring us a great next football coach.”

GLICKSMAN: Breaking down Bill O’Brien’s decision to leave Penn State for the Houston Texans

Joyner declined to say who has interviewed and said a number of head coaches have reached out to Penn State to inquire about the job.

“I think the atmosphere around this search is very much different than the last search,” Joyner said. “It’s different in that I think it’s a lot more attractive at this point.”


56 comments
Notoromanuro
Notoromanuro

People that still dwell on the PSU scandal need to go to therapy.

dandogwood
dandogwood

O'Brien was a temp hire as every top football coach in America turned down Penn State after the scandal.  O'Brien was like the 50th pick. no loss with Billy leaving.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Football program should have got the death penalty.

GibsonGuitarPlayer227
GibsonGuitarPlayer227

I feel 2 emotions when thinking about this. 

The first is that I am so thankful for what O'Brien did for PSU at a time when they needed a stable force in their football program. He has been great for the University and their football team. He helped keep existing players from transferring and he was a draw for new recruits because of his ties with the NFL (look at McGloin! He was an average college QB and somehow got to play in the NFL). O'Brien was a steadying force in a tumultuous environment and I don't think anyone would have been more perfect than him as the face of Penn State football.


My 2nd emotion is of betrayal; because he only stayed for 2 years, and I have to believe that the high school players that he recruited believed that he would be there at least until the bowl sanctions were completed. I have no idea what he told his players about leaving (or WHEN he told them), but I have to believe it was a big shock to all of them. HOWEVER, then I catch myself realizing that this is a profession, like everything else, and he is doing what ANY coach with his NFL background would do. This is a great opportunity for him and he would be foolish to pass it up. Penn State will find another coach, and hopefully the new coach will have the passion, talent, and commitment to move the football program back to its glory days.

So, thank you Bill O'Brien for being a great coach and a great advocate for Penn State; not only it's football program, but for all of the school's activities, like THON, that you also supported. Good luck in your continued professional success! And for all of you people who wanted him to be the next Joe Paterno - get over it - men like Joe Pa only come around once in a lifetime. Joe Pa (and his family), was a mentor, coach, and friend to everyone who passed through the University's gates, and those coaches who give a lifetime commitment to a university is getting rarer every year. 



Ryan1
Ryan1

O'Brien is a fantastic coach and has got more out of mid tier recruits than the Paterno regime was getting out of elite recruits.


Look at receivers under McQueary - Derrick Williams and others floundered and Allen Robinson wasn't shwoing through but under O'Brien, he transformed. QB's looked hardly developed. Devlin and even Morelli could have been much more but Jay Paterno wasn't helping and under O'Brien, McGloin gets to the NFL.


There is still not a stable president or AD and with the next gubernatorial election, and the trials of Spanier, Curley, and Schultz upcoming, PSU will again be put in a negative light, what is going on at Texas is nothing compared to what PSU has gone through. From putting names on the back of the uniforms to the fact that candidates run for the board of trustees to restore the name of Joe Paterno, it is clear that the criticisms and divides are still there, because there is no leadership at the top of the university. Will the next president want to de-emphasize football? 


O'Brien just didn't leave, it was reported, he came back to PSU with demands after meetings with the Texans, could have been for a deeper commitment to the football team. 


PSU continues to have a complete lack of guidance and leadership at their executive level. 

TL1961
TL1961

Word got out that OBrien was fed up with the goofball, blind Paterno lovers. Now he has gone from a god to a bum in a week. 


PSU fans are pathetic. Embarrassing.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Lyin O'Brien is gone celebrate.  Took that dirty bald head off to Houston.  Great for Penn State. 

dandogwood
dandogwood

Penn State won the lottery with average dull Billy O leaving.  Great start to the new Year at Penn State. Pop the champagne corks.

dandogwood
dandogwood

O'Brien did Penn State a huge favor by leaving.  O'Brien was just a miserable slob who was imploding.

RandyHayes
RandyHayes

That article said a ehole lot of nothing. Mack Brown?????

dandogwood
dandogwood

Paterno-Dead   Billy Baldhead O'Brien-dead gone so  now bring in the real coach to get Penn State back on top. Billy O was just a band aid on a cut 2 years ago as no normal coach wanted the job.  O'brien couldn't get hired anywhere as a head coach so Penn State stooped low and gave Billy the job by default. Like I stated earlier more than 50 college coaches refused the Penn State job.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Bill O'Brien is a miserable wretch of a frustrated man in way over his bald head.  Houston got a lousy Coach who cannot get along with anyone.  Good.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Bill O'Brien was just a temp hire anyway till a real college coach would come in and Get Penn State rocking again.  Bill o'Brien is more of a bald angry misfit than anything else. 8-4 records with 12 sure wins playing patsies isn't a great coach.  Penn State just won their bowl game with Billy O'Brien leaving.

6marK6
6marK6

Mike Munchak seems like a no-brainer here. He is a Penn State guy and will be fired next year at Tennessee anyways, so why not transition now. He is a solid enough coach that won't look to move.

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

To avoid a Paterno's era redux they should hire Petrino. He only likes (young) women.

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

Hire Chris Kluwe to coach....good fit for PSU

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Bill O'Brien will be well rid of PSU. He pulled that program out of the slime and they're treating him like an enemy. Seeing the worst of the Penn State 'supporters' commits cause me to wish him much success in Houston.

nomobo
nomobo

Mark Richt -- good fit at PSU

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

Get the duct tape for the OBrien bashers. Oh wait you can't fix stupid!

dandogwood
dandogwood

Penn State will be so much better off without that misfit miserable slob  bald Billy O'brien.  Billy was just a temp hire anyway till a real coach could be found.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@dandogwoodStill blathering?   Now it is only 49 guys who turned PSU down?   Earlier it was 50, so it should be easier to answer the question:  Who were the 49 coaches that turned down an offer from Penn State before Bill O'Brien got the job?   

danielor
danielor

@ElvisHitler - Mr. Hitler - The sanctions could have FORCED Penn State to hire a black guy as football coach! Wouldn't  that be WORSE than any death penalty?

Anon4
Anon4

@GibsonGuitarPlayer227  Football at PSU was the tail wagging the dog and the results were catastrophic. (I think the institution should have been disbanded: scrap the main campus as a magnet and develop the branch campuses, a la SUNY.) Football became PSU's raison d'être, rather than a diversion for a dozen Saturdays/annum. This allowed  a monster like Sandusky to operate with impunity--literally, as in giving him use of University football facilities even after suspicions of his crimes had surfaced. That really is what happened--does the leading DC in college ball REALLY "retire" at age 59? Without offers from other schools?! Kids paid the price for PSU's complicity, while the institution emerged more or less unscathed, except for a few years' probation and sanctions, which the NCAA has walked back a bit.


O'Brien got into bed with an institution that knowlingly gave cover to a child-rapist, He held his nose for two years, and bolted to a huge payoff in the NFL. PSU used O'Brien to concoct some phony story of redemption, post JoePa (who was, really, the symptom of what ails PSU, and not the actual disease); O'Brien used PSU. I think the correct phrase for PSU fans is, "thank you." You both got what you wanted, so please can the mawkish tale of "betrayal."

brad008
brad008

@Ryan1 You are absolutely right! Without a strong, competent president (and AD) PSU will be fraught with problems.


Having worked in two universities & dealt with two presidents, I'm still astounded by the political infighting (sometimes viscous) that occurs in a university environment...... compared with corporate society.


The next coach will need the support of a non-lame-duck president and an AD to shield  him from the wearing political machinations of any opposition....and there will  always be a lot, particularly from the Paterno acolytes.

Anon4
Anon4

@Ryan1 "PSU continues to have a complete lack of guidance and leadership at their executive level."


I know, it's amazing. Paterno was totally culpable, but by no means the only responsible party. Guilty as he was, PSU has so far gotten away with scapegoating him. His family is outraged, not because JoePa was falsely accused, but because PSU violated the law of Omerta. Their day of reckoning will come at the hands of real law-and-order institutions, and not the NCAA, as PSU fans ("enablers") believe. 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@dandogwoodLooks like you guys can't keep a coach up there.  Word must be out that it is an average job at best.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@dandogwoodBill O'Brien did himself a huge favor by leaving.   I guess you guys think that it is still 1986.

danielor
danielor

@RobertJacke - Sorry Mr. Jacke, they do not like hiring black guys for these jobs.Remember, in America, only the BEST men get the jobs!

meandmesa
meandmesa

@dandogwood Yeah, he really screwed up the PSU football program with his crappy coaching and awful recruiting and horrific people skills.  What a dumba$$ tool you are and a poor excuse of a human being.  See how great things are at PSU when the next coach you hire is the biggest horse's a$$ of them all, Greg Schiano.

Anon4
Anon4

@dandogwood You shouldn't want Penn State to be "rocking" again. Last time PSU had any juice as a national program, they allowed a child-rapist to run amok in their facilities. 


Maybe PSU should concentrate on other priorities than football. 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@dandogwoodYeah, you have been babbling about how Bill O'Brien was only a temporary hire, which, in the big picture, all coaches are.  Even Joe Paterno was only at PSU temporarily, although his stint was about 137 years.    You also wrote on another forum that 50 coaches declined the Penn State job before Bill O'Brien took it, but have avoided telling us who those fifty guys are.  Ready to back up your bluster, or you going to evade and avoid some more, and just continue airing your grievances over the coach that has taken up residence under your skin?

Notoromanuro
Notoromanuro

O'Brien put your red wagon up in a tree when you were little? Steal your secret girlfriend in high school? 5 mg of Lexipro would do you wonders.

Leave the guy alone. Both parties benefitted over the last two years. He is leaving for a job that he prefers. Good for him.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@dandogwoodMore sour grapes.  On another forum you told us that 50 coaches turned PSU down before Bill O'Brien was hired.   Who were those 50 coaches?   Yeah, that's what I thought.

BigBubba
BigBubba

@Anon4@GibsonGuitarPlayer227can't argue with factual history, but the people who covered up the awful events are long gone from the university and PSU is doing its best to distance itself.  Sandusky is in jail, Paterno was dismissed (now dead) and Schultz and Curley waiting for trials.


What more do you want them to do?  Do you want PSU to close up shop?  And if you think that this type of awful cover up couldn't happen at any university, you are fooling yourself.


O'Brien owed nothing to PSU per se, but owed everything to the players who put their trust in him--especially those that could have jumped to greener pastures or enrolled.  O'Brien left them, and it's those people I feel for, to a degree.  College football is a big business and these guys work hard but are paid well for their efforts (fame, tuition, food, clothing, books, nice hotels when travelling, excellent health care, workout facilities, one on one coaching, etc).  It's the trade off.  NO guarantees, but I think O'Brien is exposed as a liar for insisting for 2 years he wasn't going anywhere then bolting.

dandogwood
dandogwood

@JoeCabot @dandogwood How dumb are you.  Every name coach in the country turned Penn State down because of the scandal.  If you are that dumb why post on a sports website? Give it up. You seem like an lonely old fart anyway just from your 3000 posts. anyone who posts that often is alone. Sad.

dandogwood
dandogwood

@JoeCabot @dandogwood Listen old man O'Brien was given the job since no one in America wanted it.  Get your bald head out of your shriveled butt and come up for some air you senile lonely old goat.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@dandogwood You are following my posts closely enough that you are counting them?  Flattering.   Every name coach in the country turned PSU down?  Now you are making stuff up as you go.   Oh, and you still have not named the 50 coaches that you claim refused the job.   Seems like your confidence is lagging.   Keep posting though.   Your rambling revisionist history is entertaining.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Rickapolis Not arguing.  Egging him on and enjoying watching him back himself into a corner.   I guess that he also thinks that my avatar is actually me.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@JoeCabot Never argue with a troll, Joe, you are wasting time. You see how intelligent his comments are.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@dandogwood Who were those 50 guys that did not want the job?  Seems like a simple question.