O'Brien Left Penn State Because of Paterno Fans
A number of college football fans are wondering why, after only two years, Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien leaped at the chance to become a head coach in the NFL.
Two words: Joe Paterno.
According to reports out of State College, O'Brien grew tired of the criticism coming from loyal Paterno backers.
David Jones, a columnist for the Pennsylvania Patriot News, reported this regarding O'Brien, who became upset with Paterno loyalists after he let go one of JoePa's assistants.
“You can print this: You can print that I don’t really give a [expletive] what the ‘Paterno people’ think about what I do with this program. I’ve done everything I can to show respect to Coach Paterno. Everything in my power. So I could really care less about what the Paterno faction of people, or whatever you call them, think about what I do with the program. I’m tired of it.
“For any ‘Paterno person’ to have any objection to what I’m doing, it makes me wanna put my fist through this windshield right now.”
O'Brien wasn't finished.
“I’m trying to field the most competitive football team I can with near-death penalty [expletive] sanctions. Every time I say something like that and somebody prints it, it’s skewed as an excuse. And I’m not an excuse-maker. I’m trying to do the best I can for the kids in that program. That’s all I care about is the kids in that program. As long as I’m the head football coach here.
“That’s why, in probably about a month, they’re gonna be [expletive] looking for a new coach.”
Wow! You think O'Brien was just a little pissed? As you may recall, Penn State had a hard time finding their next head coach after what had taken place after the Sandusky scandal.
O'Brien was one of the few coaches out there willing to take the job and against all odds, has kept them afloat with a 15-9 overall record.
But based on his comments to the Patriot News, who could blame him for leaving? You'd run away screaming, too, if you had to deal with some of nut cases there (and in most college fan bases), not to mention the Paterno family, who still can't let JoePa's legacy go quietly into posterity.