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Coach in good mood this evening. Seemed confident about the way his team practiced this week. A few items of note:
-- Does he watch films of NFL and other college games in offseason to get new ideas? "Absolutely," O'Brien said.
-- O'Brien will not be taking part in "No Shave November" (he wasn't familiar with the term). Said he only has to shave twice a week.
-- Asked again about end of the year game in a warm climate. "There's a lot of possibilities. … My bosses are working on that." They're also looking overseas. Sounds like it would be 2014 or 2015 at the earliest.
-- O'Brien said team practiced outside for the first time this week today. "Knock on wood, we had a heck of a practice."
-- O'Brien says nothing has "surprised" him about head coaching job, but he's been impressed with quality of education, student body, the players, etc.
-- Asked about Purdue quarterback Robert Marve, O'Brien said he and Roof recruited him while at Duke. "That's how long Robert's been around. … He's got an excellent arm. Can throw a 17-yard comeback across the field. … Big challenge for us on Saturday."
-- O'Brien said the biggest challenge facing his offense this week is the number of fronts Purdue's defense plays. Boilers are second in the Big Ten in kickoff return yardage, which is also a concern.
-- Email question about Gary Wooten and Eric Shrive. Wooten is currently on the scout team but O'Brien sees a bigger role for him on the team in the future. "Eric Shrive is one of my favorite guys on the team. Great sense of humor, great work ethic. I think he's really improved and we've got another year with him."
-- O'Brien, asked why team has been well-conditioned in fourth quarter, said coaches tried to keep conditioning fun during summer, and it carried into camp.
-- O'Brien asked his opinion on a college football playoff. "In the NFL, that's what it's all about -- getting into the tournament. I believe in proving your championship mettle on the field. I don't think a computer should make the decision and people that have never coached football should make a decision. … I think someday it's going to be a final four and hopefully becomes a final eight."
-- Asked by a fan to give injury updates, O'Brien was polite but said: "You'll see who's playing when we play the game on Saturday."
-- Asked about fake punt vs. Ohio State: "We're always going to take chances. … Going to do the best we can not to play 60 minutes close to the vest. I think what's important for fans to understand is sometimes those things don't work."
-- O'Brien said he watches the game twice on Sundays. Has helped him to get to know team. Sunday night he'll start looking at the next team. On Monday, still working on Penn State, by Tuesday it's all about the opponent.
-- O'Brien said trend in college football now is high-scoring offenses. But when you look at top 5 teams in country, they have great defenses as well. "People have to realize we're not going to be there (top 5) for a while, because of the situation we're in. But when it comes back to get to the top of the mountain, I believe fundamentally in good quarterback play. And then I believe that we have to play great defense because we've always played great defense here."
-- O'Brien said he and Stan Hixon got on wideouts earlier in year because they didn't think they were blocking well enough. Likes the way they've blocked since.
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Soooo happy to hear he will keep defense prioritized. Like that he has that intention and hope it remains a high level standard for our program.
This post was edited by Seltz 17 months ago
Suck It Emmert!! and "Sorry for not being sorry for being a Penn Stater" - Philafan
the no top 5 thing kind of blows.....
PENN STATE FOREVER
dude we upgraded the DC.... why in God's green earth would we make it less of a priority?
i mean atleast he is honest......if he can keep the fanbase together, stay competitive and have 7-8 wins a year that would be great. Having a top 5 defense or offense with 65 schollies would be pretty crazy
Look at the top 5 today....
Kansas State? You cannot tell me me cannot find some quality kids at their caliber to win
Under these sanctions? Idk. And Bill Snyder has always been an absolutely terrific coach.
He also meant top 5 defense.
Last time PSU was a consistent High-performance team was in the 80's and early 90's with a couple of K-State type years in the 'otts. What is PSUs record against top-15 teams in the last 2 decades? (too lazy to look it up, but I bet I could count on one hand wins v. losses with more than a dozen opportunities.
The Sanctions suck. But if anyone can rebuild the program given the challenges facing the team, I really like BO'B and staff to do so.
WE STILL ARE....
October 12, 2013. PSU 43 - UM 40 (4 OT). Unfortunately this fan wasn't around long enough to see it!
TCU has had great defenses with less "talent" than we will have under the sanctions. It can be done.
“We need to keep this (expletive) together,” Mauti and Zordich to Hill
In a lesser conference where they didn't have to face solid to great talent week in and week out.
While I'm not saying we cannot do it, this is still football and injuries happen. 65 is tough, and we will be relying on some young young players if injuries occur.
Now I think BOB can do it, but top 5? He'll be a damn miracle worker.
They may have had less talent, but they had 85 scholarships and the scraps of Texas aren't exactly the worst thing to get.
Schools like that also go the Juco route which helps a good bit.
If winning was easy even losers would do it.
I thought he was talking about not having a Top 5 ranking in the polls.
This post was edited by CharlestonLion 17 months ago
Did he tell you something you didn't already know? I'm hoping for no more than three losses per year the next three years, with maybe one or two upsets of OSU and/or Nebraska, and being in the bottom part of the AP Top 25 fairly regularly. Hopefully by Hack's senior year getting back to a BCS bowl with a few very strong senior leaders and a lot of young depth. That's doable - not probable but doable. Anything else is just a pipe dream when you consider the 65 schollie limit, and totally unfair to expect from OB or these kids.
that is what he was talking about -- "top five teams in the country"
Liked the quote about Shrive, especially since his work ethic had been questioned by some in the past. Can only imagine what he would have done with the benefit of a modern S&C program all this time. That said, good to see him finally contributing.
He just keeps impressing me, great in PC and doing a good job with team. I expect mistakes and like the way he manned up and will learn from his mistakes against OSU.
NN I hope you are right, but honestly believe a season with 7 or 8 wins would be amazing in the next 5 years.
Coach Obien continues to impress me as well. He always says the right things and is the first to accept blame and when things go well praises his players and coaches. He does make a point that it is unrealistic to be a top 5 team the next few years but I think he plans on having a playoff caliber team post sanctions and plans on doing it with a top QB and defense. Like the way he said he will continue to take risks.
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