Mike Poorman, who has covered Penn State football since 1979, wrote a somewhat historical, somewhat watered-down opinion piece for StateCollege.com that compares Bill O’Brien in his second year to the career of Joe Paterno. Given this odd premise, he does a good job of chronicling Paterno’s flirtation with NFL coaching jobs through the years, and moves he made to entrench his power at Penn State. I suppose Poorman’s implication is that O’Brien is headed down the same road, and that O’Brien’s denial of pecuniary motive was a smokescreen — a bunch of malarkey.
The allegations that O’Brien is a master manipulator who will leverage his premier season’s success proceed apace, unabated by BoB’s denials at the Monday press conference. Obviously, there is at least a shred of truth in these machinations, but unless O’Brien holds a gun to Erickson’s head, takes a few hostages, and holes up in Old Main there’s no real news here. Penn State beat writers just need some fruit to pick in the off-season.
Read “O’Brien and Paterno: The NFL, Power and the Face of Penn State” and discuss, already!