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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
O'Brien's agent: Coach committed to PSU

By Adam Rittenberg



It's a good night for Bill O'Brien and Penn State fans.

O'Brien swept both Big Ten Coach of the Year awards after guiding the Lions to an 8-4 record in his first season as a head coach. And O'Brien's agent tells colleague Darren Rovell that O'Brien is committed to Penn State for the future.
Joe Linta, who represents O'Brien, told ESPN that recent talk about how much his client would have to pay in order to buy out the remaining eight years of his contract at Penn State are "irrelevant."

"[O'Brien] is staying, and we've had no conversations with anyone else," Linta said. "In fact, he's leaving at 6 in the morning tomorrow to go out on the recruiting trail." ...

Rovell also reports that Linta hopes to reopen negotiations with Penn State about potential bowl bonuses in O'Brien's original contract. Penn State is banned from postseason play until the 2016 season, but the Lions would have qualified for a bowl this year.

This doesn't mean NFL teams won't try to pursue O'Brien, a former New England Patriots assistant. It's unlikely O'Brien would leave for another college job, and the NFL seems like a better fit should he ever elect to depart Penn State.

But after being asked several times about his future in recent weeks, O'Brien seems happy to stay at Penn State, which is very good news for the Lions.