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I'm going to enjoy watching the changes come in. I guess there is no way to tell what OB wanted or not, but this is interesting:
Ron Musselman @ ronmusselman8
Penn State is advertising for an asst. strength coach, a marketing manager & an asst. AD/ticket sales less than 12 hrs after BOB's decision.
Come on people.
BOB was going nowhere. He wanted this program to have the resources needed to compete, which we DIDN'T HAVE IN PLACE, and haven't for a long time due to Paterno.
Now we have those resources, and we are finally on the same level as the rest of big-time college football.
“We’re doing things we couldn’t imagine,” says safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong. “But we’re doing them together.”
Why are so many people getting hung up on "they didn't make an offer". Guess what, very very few head coaches are going to get an offer after the initial interview. Andy Reid is the only guy this off season of that caliber. KC made it a point to not let him continue on to Arizona while they try to hash something out. Teams do initial interviews with lots of coaches to gauge interest and potential.
If Bob had every intention of leaving I wouldn't question him. I would question why he felt he needed to leave after one season. What was he told would happen that didn't? What requests did he make that fell on deaf ears. Barry Alvarez just found out what happens when you don't take a head coaches plea for more money for his assistants seriously. Someone else will.
Buyouts are often reduced or nearly eliminated (especially if Bob had good, well documented reasons to leave). How many teams do you expect to pay the full buyout to their former conference? While his buyout was prohibitive, it wasn't something he and his future team couldn't overcome if i there was a great fit.
Personally I'm happy the interview went well. It further validates the impression we have formed of Bob over the last year.
I dont think we have the resources yet...I expect them to start being implemented throughout the year, otherwise O'Brien will be out the door next year. If we do make the changes, he is here long term, IMO.
"Whoever’s trying to kill me isn’t getting the job done. But one day, I’m going to punch that f___r in the face."
What kind of resources are we talking about here? A few examples would help (besides the access to a jet issue).
if PSU was lacking resources to compete, then so were about 90% of division 1 schools.... You can always improve and there were some changes that would make things better, but to frame PSU as a place that didn't have the resources to compete is misleading. Two areas I think that needed a bump was the recruiting budget and upgrades to the indoor practice field, but other wise, PSU was as good or better than many top schools.
I agree, I think this was more about BOB being able to compete with the OSUs, Texas', and Alabamas of the world. I think we finally have a guy who wants to compete with the big boys and is gonna have the tools he needs to get there.
Dominate The State
You wouldn't want the media to know, for exactly the reasons that happened last night. Wide spread panic from fans, players, future players, etc... (depending if players already knew or not)
All he needs to have know is PSU, period. They are the one's who needed to know he was being interviewed and could leave.
Perhaps after the season he did meet with them, they told him "nah...we can't make those changes." So he left for vacation, came back having had 2 interviews, and then said..."ok....NOW can you make those changes?"
Yup. There is certainly a component of this that had to do with Joyner and the management of the athletic department, but it was also about competitiveness. Sounds like we have made serious improvements in that regard. Very excited about that.
Hopefully this begins the process of the program moving into the modern era in terms of resources needed to compete at the highest level. Between paying our HC a top 15 salary, increasing our staff budget, and our new weight room, I like the direction so far.
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
The drama here and on the other boards the last couple of weeks has been both laughable and infuriating. O'Brien played this perfectly, and anyone who thinks he had any true intention of leaving is a blind fool. The majority in this board recognized that from the beginning, but some of you just cant help yourselves. EVERY SINGLE THING the man has said or done screams that he is here for a few years at the least. He wanted a number of things improved. Salaries for assistants, ticket issues, an assistant for Fitz. Admin said no. He did NOTHING unprofessional or disloyal in the last few weeks. He said nothing while rumors swirled - 90% of what was said in this was pure media speculation. His agent tossed in a few nuggets here and there but nothing substantive. He got what he wanted. What he knows is that he might not have had this opportunity in the next 4-5 years, so he seized it. Meanwhile, please explain to me the "terrible harm" that was done??? Chip Kelly hasn't had any trouble recruiting despite his name being mentioned every year for an NFL job. Peterson and the guy at TCU seem to do all right even though their names are constantly talked about each January.
The reality is that PSU is one of the lead POSITIVE stories during a bowl week in which they didn't play!!! Oh how terrible it is that PSU's coach is being recruited by NFL teams. I'm sure recruits hate that. The accusation that he just didn't "get the offer he wants" is idiotic. Same people who said last year that he took the PSU job because Bellichik didn't like him and was going to fire him and he didn't actually have a shot at the Jax job. John Clayton, Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and just about every other NFL analysis disagree with you, morons. This was a power play, plain and simple, not for selfish reasons, but for the betterment of the team and his assistants.
As for the "chaos and turmoil" he created amongst the fanbase, give me a flipping break. The ONLY people in the fanbase freaking out were the small group of chicken littles on this and other message boards, and I promise Obie gives two sh*ts what you think. Wanna know why? Because he knows that your fickle, small-minded brains will forget all this if he is successful - you'll hail him as a hero - just as you'll excoriate him if he isn't.
O'Brien did not one damn thing to deserve criticism. Glad this is over until the next time his name is mentioned and the sky falls again on this board.
Can't argue with this! +100
I will be cheering for the Giants, Cowboys, and Jets to do well next year. Well enough to keep their coaches anyway.
What do you guys think it would take? Cowboys: Make playoffs at minimum, might have to win a game. Jets: I have no clue about this situation, I was surprised at the short leash Rex had this year after the success he'd had in the previous seasons. I think making the playoffs would be enough, maybe missing with a 9-7 or 10-6 record too. Giants I'm also not sure about. They might be getting tired of Coughlin like the Eagles were with Reid, but I mean the man has won 2 rings. Should be ok next year at just getting to 8-8 imo.
Other than those 3, I don't think the other potential openings would be enticing for BOB. Tennessee? Lockers a stiff. Carolina? Cam isn't the type of QB BOB would like. Of course this is assuming there are no stud QB's coming out next year.
All that being said, I think we have at least 2 more years of BOB. And quite frankly, that would be all we needed with this team starting to emerge from the sanctions by then and the job becoming very attractive again.
Having one of the hottest coaches in the country comes with both good and the bad things. On the good side, players want to pay for a coach who everyone in the NFL is looking at. On the bad side, we'll have to worry every time an NFL opening comes up. Personally, I think that if nobody else wants our coach, that means he isn't doing a very good job.
I am pretty sure he has already stated his hatred of the Jets organization and would never work for them. He seems very loyal to Belichick.
oh thats right. I forgot he wouldn't sign that one guys Jets jersey earlier this year.
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