In the wake of a brief scare caused by news of Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien interviewing with the NFL Cleveland Browns, the Maxwell Coach of the Year says he’s not going to bolt. Leaving Happy Valley for the Dog Pound would be a big mistake, no matter how much money was involved.
Other NFL organizations expressed interest in O’Brien’s services, namely the Philadelphia Eagles, the Arizona Cardinals, and the San Diego Chargers, all of whom fired their head coaches this year.
Why would O’Brien want to hang up the cleats after one turbid year at Penn State? Answer: he wouldn’t. He’s not that kind of guy. In his words:
“I’m not a one-and-done guy. 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.”
After two, all bets are off. For now, though, he’s committed and we can lay the rumors to rest.