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5. I think these sound like the top five college coaching candidates for NFL head coaching jobs, per chats with front office people in the last two weeks (in order):
1. Chip Kelly, Oregon
2. David Shaw, Stanford
3. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
4. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (even coming off the bad season at Iowa, he's well-respected in the NFL)
5. Doug Marrone, Syracuse.
I didn't include Bill O'Brien of Penn State because (and call me naïve) I can't see him preaching love of, and loyalty to, Penn State, and then leaving after 12 months. But never say never in this business.
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From the 247 Rumors board:
Informed sources tell us Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is actively looking at other opportunities. Those same sources tell us the former Patriots OC could become a player at Tennessee. His name has also been floated at Auburn...
O'Brien could also be a hot commodity in January when several NFL jobs are expected to open.
Note: O'Brien's buyout is reported to be over $9 million.
Not buying this at all, personally, and I told them so. Actively looking at those dumpster fires? Yeah, OK. More likely those programs are floating his name.
Informed sources tell us Penn State coach Bill OBrien is actively looking at other opportunities. Those same sources tell us the former Pat
"Informed Sources" who is the author of that post?
it just lists it as "247 rumors" don't know if this is a paid position by 247sports and he is a nationwide insider or not....but wow - i mean i would love to know his source and his name would be mud for looking around if true (which i can't imagine)
This post was edited by Nittny65 20 months ago
247 started a rumors board and a rumors poster that posts pretty much anything. Gruden apparently will coach Tennessee along with BOB and 45 other people.
The buyout is more like $16-18million.
7 or 8 yrs x $2.3mil
Plus, then the next team will have to basically match OB the guaranteed money he has coming his way at PSU. OB won't toss away a guaranteed $16m for a small contract.
You're looking at $30million investment for a first-year coach. Not happening.
Just disrespectful to post rumors that he is actively looking
I don't know why he doesn't just come out and say he staying at PSU, and end this BS.
Because that wouldn't end it.
Not true. The extension clause did not increase the buyout. It was a one-way option to give OB security, not the school. So the buyout is still only for the original contract length/amount (currently ~$9M, will be zero in 4 years).
From the Allentown Morning Call:
When the NCAA sanctions were imposed, a rider went into effect extending the contract the length of those sanctions (four years). An athletic department official said that the buyout includes the extension.
Leaving after this season would require someone to pay Penn State an eight-year penalty at $2.3 million per, at least. That's $18 million, provided everything remains static.
Last week, Bill O'Brien asked Penn State fans to be loyal to a program to which his loyalty is now being questioned. Not sure that makes sense. Has O'Brien done anything since last January to merit
This post was edited by gts112 20 months ago
It would be nice to hear from Sean on this one. Considering he works for 24/7.
Dominate The State
I don't know why people can't read between the lines in everything he has said. He's said a ton of stuff this past week about recruiting this week, his coaching staff, what they can do next year, the players next year, etc.... Yes I know...people can say that just to say that... but he gives no indication of wanting to leave other than not bowing to the media questions.
I would also think some of next years recruiting class would be giving hints that they may have to reopen their recruitment.
This post was edited by md154 20 months ago
Coaches don't give any hints that they are leaving until they are half out the door. It wouldn't make sense to tell people you are leaving till you are sure you have a job. Not saying he's leaving but I don't understand how people can be so sure he's not leaving. Ask Pitt fans if they thought Todd Graham was leaving the day before be left?
This post was edited by PSUJT0409 20 months ago
I thought the buyout only covered his base salary (around $950k?) for the entirety of his contract (9 years after extension), which is what brought the total to $9 mil. I could very well be wrong about that, but I didn't think his Nike and personal appearance compensation was part of the buyout.
The buyout includes all compensation he would receive for the entire length of the contract (i.e. eight remaining years at 2.3 million per year plus his annual pay raise of 5%). Here is a copy of the buyout clause from his contract (note the term "and Additional Compensation"):
(I) Coach may tetminate this Contract for any reason upon written notice to University.
(Coach will be deemed to have terminated this Contract in the event Coach dies or Coach
becomes disabled or incapacitated and is continuously unable to perfmm any or all of Ills
obligations under tills contract for a period of at least six (6) months). If such termination (other
than by reason of death, disability, or incapacity) occurs during the term of tills contract or any
extension hereof, Coach will pay University as liquidated damages an amount equal to the
product of (i) Coach's Base Salary and Additional Compensation at the time of termination,
multiplied by (ii) the number of years remaining under this Contract at the time of termination. In
the case of partial years, the amount will be pro-rated by the number of months left in the partial
year. This amount will be in lieu of any and all other legal remedies available to University
pursuant to this paragraph.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by LuvDaLions 20 months ago
He isn't going anywhere this year, firmly believe that.
The future wildcard is the AD hire. If PSU chooses poorly...
Thank you. Further confirmation that he isn't leaving, which was a reach in the first place.
I found an interesting comment on ESPN. It's insider, so I'll try not to post too much, but the article is discussing 3 star CB Hassan Childs, and which colleges he is considering. He decommitted from NC State after their O'Brien was fired. The last line of the article says this:
Vanderbilt and Penn State should jump to the top of Childs' list since those two programs currently have the least amount of uncertainty around their head coaches.
In light of all the BOB rumors, I thought this was an interesting take on the situation. Of course, it is ESPN, but in this instance, I'm willing to go along with it...
"Whoever’s trying to kill me isn’t getting the job done. But one day, I’m going to punch that f*cker in the face."
Because you have to look at the non-obvious reasons that are out there, IMO. Most people look at a) the money and b) the prestige of coaching an NFL team. They see those two and figure any coach will jump at that.
But look at all that OB has done and said since arriving. Look at his family life and the needs of his family. I can not see him uprooting his family for the 3rd straight year, considering his son requires extra help. Sure it sounds great, "An NFL team may come knocking," but he seems to be more than that. (Just like a previous head coach of ours who once had a chance for the NFL)
NO college job is better than this, IMO. No college job will provide more stability, IMO. So to me, that cancels any chance he goes to another school. Factoring in all the work he's put into this job, the recruiting, the new facilities, the coaching staff put together, etc... I just see no chance what so ever anyone will pull him away from this for at least 6 years.
In another one of the 50 threads about BOB leaving for another job, Sean already gave his opinion that he would be shocked to see BOB leave this year.
The man gave a freaking "We are!" cheer to the entire stadium on saturday. If he's considering leaving, he's doing it in a very F'd up way and a very un-OB like way.
There's no reason to think he's leaving at this point. Anything can change, but if you're worrying about it, you're not listening to what he's saying and you're not watching what he's doing.
Nothing is permanent and anything can change, obviously...
This was posted by a poster on "another site" this morning concerning a radio interview O'Brien did this morning:
"Sorry if posted, but he was on 790 The Zone in Atlanta this AM. Said his plan has always been to be PSU's coach and that's what he's going to do."
Agreed. I thought his We Are was more than enough to solidify his job. To me, that We Are holds more weight than some statement to the media in a press conference on a Tuesday..... that was from the heart, where it counts!
If the emotional side of the game is most meaningful, then going to the NFL will not exceed his current position. I don't see him leaving. I think he likes this.
You would have to be insanely cynical and tremendously gullible to believe that there's a significant chance of O'Brien leaving. It a total crock of sh*t fueled by media speculation and negative nervous ninnies in the fan base. Just dumb.
I think fans are waiting for BOB to emphatically state that he will be back next year, and I don't think they're going to get that statement. IMHO, it's a statement that BOB does not feel he has to make, even though he will be back next year no questions asked.
This post was edited by strez 20 months ago
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