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Penn State athletic director: Bill O’Brien will stay “years and years”


After five years as a Patriots assistant and a good first season as the head coach at Penn State, Bill O’Brien is viewed by many as a future NFL head coach. But Penn State Athletic Director David Joyner says O’Brien will remain at Penn State for a long time.

Joyner said he talks to O’Brien regularly and that the two of them are on the same page about O’Brien staying at the school for the long haul.

“I can tell you we talk in terms of years and years. We make plans for years and years,” Joyner told the Associated Press.

Of course, plenty of college football coaches have signed contracts to remain at a school for “years and years” and then walked away with “years and years” left on that contract. And Joyner seems to understand that it’s at least possible that some NFL owner will decide to pay O’Brien’s buyout and lure him away from Penn State. Joyner just doesn’t think it’s likely to happen any time soon.

“First, of all I think we’re going to have this guy for a long time. I truly, truly believe that,” he said. “But whenever the day comes that Bill may chooses to leave — if it’s five years from now, if it’s 10 years; he may never choose to leave, this may be his last job, I certainly hope so — then we’ll adapt and deal with it.”

The bad news for Joyner and Penn State fans is that O’Brien leaving for the NFL may be a problem they have to deal with sooner than they think. The good news is that if O’Brien is fielding NFL offers, it will be because he’s winning at Penn State.

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15 Responses to “Penn State athletic director: Bill O’Brien will stay “years and years””
  1. GenXJay says: Jun 5, 2013 7:35 PM

    That sucks, Detroit.
    Well, there’s always RoboCop.

  2. cmich2006 says: Jun 5, 2013 7:50 PM

    He wants to be an NFL head coach. He’s gone once the buyout gets low enough.

  3. jjb0811 says: Jun 5, 2013 7:55 PM

    hopefully after years and years in charge, its a clean safe program. last guy there for ‘decades and decades’ destroyed faith in people and children’s lives.

  4. drunkenagitator says: Jun 5, 2013 8:03 PM

    LOL hilarious, as if a college football coach’s word is worth anything at all.

  5. murraysons says: Jun 5, 2013 8:03 PM

    Years. As in, ” when I leave this gutless puke of a university in a YEAR I’ll get a job in the NFL”

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 5, 2013 9:04 PM

    So 2 years plus 2 years = a 4 year plan. You’re welcome for breaking the code.

  7. jjb0811 says: Jun 5, 2013 10:04 PM

    sad to see 60 thumbs down to murraysons and myself while slamming Penn State. Sandusky was convicted on 52 counts of child abuse. Grow up people. Loyalty to a university or team should never come before child abuse.

  8. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 5, 2013 10:08 PM

    Joynor is a moron if he thinks that. How dose someone like him become an AD at any school.

  9. dirtdawg54 says: Jun 5, 2013 10:42 PM

    Can’t blame PSU. Keeping the last guy for “years and years” worked out really well for them. Didn’t it?

  10. ninerfan81 says: Jun 5, 2013 10:45 PM

    As Penn State Alum, I met the guy and he was very open and engaging. He’s tough on his players but fair and he’s giving them football teaching that they can’t get in other places. UNFORTUNATELY, I know he won’t be there years and years. One guy said it, once the buy out drops a bit he walks for sure, especially with powerful negative forces in his own community working against him and the school at every step. Coach O’Brien is a good guy and I hope he stays but he won’t, too many bad coaches in the NFL.

  11. wallio says: Jun 5, 2013 10:45 PM

    He tried to leave l after last year for Pete’s sake! Only a huge extension (paid for by a booster) changed his mind.

  12. tralfaz1127 says: Jun 5, 2013 11:04 PM

    Gone as soon as he gets a serious offer from the NFL. Penn St. was becoming a relic before they became the Catholic church.

  13. greymares says: Jun 5, 2013 11:10 PM

    maybe, money talks.

  14. macdbeliever says: Jun 6, 2013 3:18 AM

    I think he’ll be there for 3 more years tops. He’ll get them through the probation…and win/lose/draw he will come out of it looking like a saint, and get a TOP TIER college job, or a pro HC job on credit. Very honorable what he’s done, and should be commended, but he won’t be at PSU for the long haul.

  15. @Cereal_22 says: Jun 6, 2013 7:15 AM

    Great, it sounds like my alma mater is giving its football head coach another blank check

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