Much to the chagrin of the Emmert/Triponey Axis I’m sure, Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien has been voted by the B1G coaches and their friends in the media as its 2012 Coach of the Year. Says the press release:
O’Brien is the second Penn State head coach to [win] the Big Ten’s Coach of the Year. In his first year with Penn State, O’Brien led the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 overall mark, including a 6-2 record in conference play. O’Brien coached six players to first-team All-Big Ten status, including Allen Robinson, the Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year, and Michael Mauti, the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year.
That first sentence didn’t make much sense without an infinitive, so I added one; I believe the gist of it is that Paterno won Coach of the Year previously.
I don’t think there’s anyone out there who believes anyone else (including St. Joe) could have done any better than O’Brien in the phoenixlike resurrection of the Nittany Lions, inspiring his brave bunch of fuckers to exceed all expectations.
It would be great if the honors could be at the FBS level, but not being able to go undefeated or go to a bowl would render O’Brien’s chances very slim. Brian Kelly of Notre Dame already seems to be wired into that slot.
Bleacher Report has the story. Remember them as the target of my prior excoriation about finding replacements from O’Brien before he even has a foot out the door, like David Jones of the Patriot-News wants to do. Well, today, they’re singing a different tune, saying that O’Brien will stay — probably because ESPN reported it. I won’t let them get away with that.
“They ain’t no ‘I’ in ‘team’, but they is three ‘U’s in ‘shut the fuck up!'”
— Terrell Owens
Found it interesting that none of the official B1G or PS press releases mentioned Paterno as the other coach (I think he won it three times, but I’m not 100% on that.) Maybe they just took it for granted that we’d know who they were referring to, but I still think there is an internal edict within the B1G and PS to not mention his name in any release-quite a shame.
I am also not surprised that ESPN has made no mention of their Phoenixesque season, the amount of post season honors they received within the B1G, the lack of evidence of a “football only culture” at PS and the results that the “wrong person for the job” accomplished with a bunch of no-name players. Guess none of the “sports journalists” at ESPN is willing to dive in to that plate of crow sitting in front of them! They can all go fuck themselves! (At least Jones admitted he was wrong.)