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Bill O'Brien tells David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriots News:
"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."
Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.
Only part that irks me is that he gave David Jones this interview. Next time we hear something from David Jones can we remember "If he gets an offer from the Eagles, he's gone"?
You have no idea if he got an offer or not. Chances are it hadn't gotten to that stage yet. I am playing semantics, true, but you can't actually say that statement was false at this point.
This post was edited by DocAlan02 15 months ago
BO'B and his agent played David Jones to get leverage against Penn St and Jones played right into their hands. Of course you throw the guy a bone. Also next time you need to get something out there you have the perfect shill in place.
"The heartstrings were too strong from last year for him to make any moves," said O'Brien's agent, Joe Linta. "He said, 'I asked the kids to make a commitment and they did, and I can't leave them.' "
"I like your head, it's a good look." - James Franklin, to a bald reporter asking a question.
I think that's the very reason so many of us here were so pissed. The kids gave their commitment to Penn St and O'Brien said he did too. Why then consider any NFL options??? I know the answer so no need to remind me it's a business and money is the driving force!!!
This post was edited by stormpsu1 15 months ago
Many of the rumors out there have it being a lot more than just money though.
"A bowl game ain't nothing but a vacation." - Gerald Hodges
Uhh yes I can. He had a very good chance of getting an offer, yet killed the process before it got to that stage. He was going to stay at Penn State regardless of an offer.
The sources from the Browns say that he crushed the interview and they were blown away.
BTW, what changes in a year when looking at his quote. Did he ask Akeel Lynch to make a different commitment than Mauti, or does he owe it to him to be here another 4 years? Will be interesting to see.
exactly......if he had his offer, he would be a one and done guy. And the job wouldnt have tugged at his heart strings. He could have accomplished these things in a civil manner without interviewing, IMO. I frankly think his comments are complete BS. He is an excellent coach, but I will have a hard time believing anything he says when it comes to staying with PSU or his loyalty to the school.
Good to hear about the Browns interview. No doubt if he wanted to leaved he could have had multiple NFL offers. Happy he stayed but glad he is highly sought after. Who would want a coach who isn't a hot commodity. It helps the school and with recruiting. I'm guessing the same qualities that helped him crush the interview are the same qualities that recruits see in him when they meet and talk.
Also, good question on commitment to recruits vs. current players. Just my guess, but I bet he made the "I'll be here for you whole PSU career" commitment to guys like AB and Hack. After that, who knows. But I bet he and Hack are a package deal.
Oh boo-hoo Spulv. Why do I find it so difficult to feel bad for you?
I think you're blowing it out of proportion.... what do we always say about recruits? Actions not words. O'Brien stayed. Sure he interviewed. He'd be stupid to flatly turn down an interview and burn bridges inside your profession. He still has to try to get his players NFL opportunities so he's not going to flat out no talk to any NFL team who calls. But in the end he was quick and decisive in his decision to stay. That's all that matters.
Case study with the most loyal college coach of all time, JoePa. Even Joe interviewed with and very nearly accepted the Patriots job at least once. I feel like he also almost took another job like the Giants but I can't remember, back in the 80s. Either way, Joe stayed and no one here would question his loyalty to Penn State.
O'B is human and he's smart, reasonable man. No reason to think that he should flatly reject all calls from other possible employers. Now if this happens every year that he's rumored, interviewing and flirting with other jobs, that's another matter. But for now, I take his decision to stay and his quote at 100% face value.
Perhaps he tried to accomplish things in a "civil manner" after the season and was shot down.
Then the possibility of interviews came up and his agent and family said, "maybe this is a way to get Eriksons attention...go on a few interviews." So he did, all while knowing he was coming back.
What has he done, outside of these 2 interviews, in 12 months gives you ANY reason to believe he is not a man of his word and committed to his players? Name something.
You can't. He's not an idiot. He knows very well how destroyed he would be by many if he left this team and watched the program fall to pieces while he roamed an NFL sideline next year. You really think he would have wanted that on his mind?
Remember Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the reporter in Red Dragon? Jones was just a pawn in a high stakes chess match. If you don't get the reference, watch the movie - it's a lot of psychopathic fun!
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