AP and CBS: O’Brien staying at Penn State

From CBS Sports: Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien was a hot name for many of the coaching vacancies around the NFL but he won’t be any longer: CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports O’Brien is staying put and withdrawing his name for consideration from any NFL openings.

O’Brien interviewed with at least one NFL team recently, as CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman reported on Thursday that the Nittany Lions coach met in secret with the Browns.

“I’m not a one-and-done guy,” O’Brien told PennLive.com’s David Jones. “I made a commitment to these players at Penn State and that’s what I am going to do. I’m not gonna cut and run after one year, that’s for sure.”

The Browns, Freeman reports, were “incredibly impressed” by O’Brien in his interview. O’Brien also reportedly interviewed with the Eagles this offseason as well.

His work during his first year in State College — 8-4 overall and 6-2 in Big Ten play — speaks for itself, given the circumstances under which he came to the Nittany Lions.

Much of the belief around the potential departure of O’Brien surrounded rumors that he felt misled by Penn State officials and didn’t expect to stumble into the sanction-filled nightmare that he faced when he departed the Patriots for Penn State.

During O’Brien’s tenure as New England offensive coordinator, the Patriots made the Super Bowl and came within a play or two of toppling the Giants.

It’s an example of extreme loyalty on O’Brien’s part to stick with the Nittany Lions. They’re going to be at a major recruiting disadvantage for the next few years and O’Brien’s name couldn’t have been much hotter.

One major problem he did face in this coaching market: if teams like the Browns and Eagles were waiting to speak with Chip Kelly following Thursday night’s Fiesta Bowl, O’Brien might hang in the wind with his job situation and cause things to get awkward with his current employer and Penn State fans.



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