[Examiner] Last week it was reported by multiple outlets O’Brien was set to receive a raise through a significant donation from a donor, along with increased say in other decisions within the athletic department and football program. On Monday O’Brien put to rest any of those ideas for the time being after exploring opportunities to coach in the NFL. O’Brien confirmed he looked into options to coach in the NFL due to a respect for what he called the highest profession as a football coach, but came back to saying he was looking forward to coaching Penn State in 2012.
With rumors of potential changes within the administration being a part of keeping O’Brien in State College, O’Brien said he has a healthy relationship with athletic director David Joyner and president Rodney Erickson.
“I’m the football coach,” O’Brien said. “I have a lot of confidence in our leadership. I have good relationships with those guys.”
Basically, O’Brien said he never got a raise, or a gift, he never asked for one, and he loves coaching at Penn State (for now). Worded a lot of answers that still leaves NFL position in future, a possibility. Clearly, to me, he wants to be a head coach in the NFL one day. He had enough loyalty in him to give PSU a couple more years. And, I respect. It’s more than most coaches.
And, O’Brien spoke about Adam Breneman today (he was allowed to because he enrolled early today, with six other players):
Also, David Joyner addressed the media for 13 minutes: