Bill O'Brien: "You can print that I don’t really give a ---- what the ‘Paterno people’ think."

January 1, 2014 at 1:08p    by DJ Byrnes    
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With Bill O'Brien's move to the Texans all but officially sealed and delivered comes this gem from

You can print this: You can print that I don’t really give a ---- what the ‘Paterno people’ think about what I do with this program. I’ve done everything I can to show respect to Coach Paterno. Everything in my power. So I could really care less about what the Paterno faction of people, or whatever you call them, think about what I do with the program. I’m tired of it.

For any ‘Paterno person’ to have any objection to what I’m doing, it makes me wanna put my fist through this windshield right now.

I’m trying to field the most competitive football team I can with near-death penalty ----ing sanctions. Every time I say something like that and somebody prints it, it’s skewed as an excuse. And I’m not an excuse-maker. I’m trying to do the best I can for the kids in that program. That’s all I care about is the kids in that program. As long as I’m the head football coach here.

Bill O'Brien is a straight shooter, and he's wise not to pull any punches with "Paterno people" (whose bizzare actions we've documented here before). For what it's worth, the whole article deals with how O'Brien was a Penn State outsider, and how he came at the perfect time for the program. It's something with which sane (read: most) Penn State fans would probably agree.

O'Brien's stewardship of Penn State's program deserves nothing but a tip of the cap. This was probably the best possible outcome for the program and a coach who has always had one foot out the door from the minute he arrived in Happy Valley. 



Dr. House's picture

i am going to miss bob at penn state. dude is a  boss. also fuck the Paterno people.

osu07asu10's picture

BO'B to PSU....

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

InvertMyVeer's picture

Workaholics gif = automatic +1 

Football is complicated...

rdubs's picture

Not to PSU generally so much as it is to the idiots who put cut outs of JoePa in their luxury box.

InvertMyVeer's picture

I never wanted to admit it before (hate so many things about PSU, mostly the fans) but I couldn't help but admire BOB and the job he did at a B1G program in serious trouble. This just makes me like him even more. 

Football is complicated...

razrback16's picture

I don't disagree with a word he said, there. I can't stand PSU fans, and I think BOB has done a pretty darn good job with the situation over there. Don't blame him for bailing at the first good opportunity.

rightfield's picture

Tip of the cap to O'Brien. This has to be a warning to any of the potential new coaching candidates for PSU. It is going to be very hard plowing for the next guy.....sanctions and Joe Pa people to have to fight through.

Its good to be the king

sharks's picture

Way to go out quietly, without making waves or, you know...

I don't personally have an issue with BOB, and think that the job he did in Happy Valley is commendable, but if he lied to Holley (as alleged, since he appears to be taking the Houston job), that is a douchebag move for sure.

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45has2's picture

He never made it a secret that his ultimate goal was the League. When they renegotiated his contract the buyout for leaving for the NFL was lowered and the buyout for leaving for another school was upped. Writing was on the wall. Plus, JoePoop loyalists made it very uncomfortable for him. As for the bridge, I don't think he gives half a shit.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

Dr. House's picture

bob gives zero shits about the joepa loyalist. they had a hell of a coach who did one hell of a job at that school.

Poison nuts's picture

What was he supposed to say to a recruit? Yeah, I'm leaving to the NFL - don't come to PSU. As the HC, he did his job right to the end by trying to secure players. Who knows, maybe when he told Holley what he told him, it was just a rumor.

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Hovenaut's picture

Good for him.
I think some of the Paterno people might soon be wishing they had been more O'Brien people. 

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

fanfarris's picture

Dear Wise Owl Fred.How can you be part of the herd and sing to the tunes of their Swan song? I personally do not care much for PSU.Never liked their Stadium,their Fans or Happy Valley.But how can a coach who we now know,took the job for 3 years to leap to a bigger job,compared w someone who was Pen State football for decades,Paterno.Had Bill stayed for few more years there then,he would have the right to complain.Sorry ,but to me he is just making excuses to why he is leaving PSU.At the end ,its all about economics.


45has2's picture

Ped State is taking a page from the ttun playbook. They had a coach that was doing an admirable job and the JoePoop loyalists made it miserable for him. Now, they are calling for a true "Pennsy" coach.
True, DickRod's record wasn't stellar but he was improving every year instead of going backward like Coach Flintstone.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

rosycheeks's picture

I keep liking BOB more and more. Maybe he can put in a good word for OSU with Gesicki.

theDuke's picture

Love it. Straight shooting. Bob is a boss for sure. 


ohst8buxCP's picture

I knew I liked him.

teddyballgame's picture

Sounds like he got tired of dealing with that cult of nutters
His departure hurts the B1G, but whatever.  Screw PSU if they couldn't even realize they had a good thing.

Dr. House's picture

is it insane that WE as ohio state fans realized that bob was the greatest thing for penn state. but psu fan were too damn blind and pissed that their demigod was rightfully booted out of power.
I am a Bill o' Brian guy. 

BukFan's picture

I think 95% of them realize what they had.

Dr. House's picture

but the loud vocal minority becomes the majority


What's going to suck is whoever they get to replace BOB is going to reap the benefits of everything BOB did for that program over the last 2 years then claim that they were the ones who turned things around. PSU wouldn't even be sniffing a winning record let alone going 15-9 if it weren't for him.
Very interested to see how many of their recent recruits stay put. They'd almost have to hire from within to keep from losing a bunch of them. They replace the entire staff it could be like what we saw after LLoyd left TTUN.

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allbucksallthetime's picture

The culture at PSU apparently never embraced BOB in spite of his doing well under the circumstances.  I liked and now admire BOB even more.  Go Bucks!

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

So I could really care less about what the Paterno faction of people, or whatever you call them, think about what I do with the program. I’m tired of it.

I wonder if that was intentional.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

He's still comes off looking bad by lying to a recruit.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Poe McKnoe's picture

Good thing he can just have the front office buy players now.  Much easier.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

buy players now.

He took a job in the SEC? :o

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

ScarletGray43157's picture

Logged in just in order to upvote that one.  

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Crumb's picture

I had no idea that he had a problem with the PSU faithful, he's kept that program afloat when it looked like it was gonna go down like the Titanic. If this thread is any indication PSU fans are kind of dumb. He's a great coach, better than the last one they had that's for sure.

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BukFan's picture

Safe to say 99% of us were wrong when we thought PSU would be just terrible....they weren't really and they are still getting quality recruits.

buckeyerose's picture

Wow PSU.....stinks up the place.  Bob was the one good thing they had going for them.  He left them with a mighty fine rant IMO.  
I doubt he lied to the Holley.   None of us know the whole story or situation.  Until then I give BOB credit for a job well done.  

Just win!  

harleymanjax's picture

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

MN Buckeye's picture

sorry to see BOB leave, but the writing had been on the wall for a while now. A man can only take so much ______ .

BABuckeye's picture

Nikki (the BS Diaries author) sounds like the tsun fans who are living in the past.  Personally, I think it is the author who doesn't get it.  
She says BOB should have been the figure head of the University, not just the football coach.  She has this unrealistic expectation for a newly minted coach because the former coach came into that role over the course of several decades.  Worse, the former coach was exposed for being too controlling and covering up NCAA violations (to deal with them himself, because he knew better than the governing body and to protect the PSU image) and covering up and enabling a terrible criminal. If PSU is to right the ship, then PSU should not want the next coach to be a figure head for the university--they should want BOB. 
BOB is the one who actually does "get it." They will miss him him terribly, starting on NSD.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

I'll be shocked if PSU gets a great coach

Hovenaut's picture


I (a) kNOw.


"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

CALPOPPY's picture

GREat comment, riGht?

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

gumtape's picture

Did you say shocked?

No way that James Franklin is going to PSU, he is one of the hottest names in coaching right now.

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

extemporary08's picture

Shocker awareness month?

BSTP DeCon's picture

Fuck Penn State fans.
BOB is a beast.
I still don't understand why people say, "I could care less..."

Crimson's picture

Blind following the blind.

Buckabroad's picture

What BOB accomplished under extremely difficult circumstances was astonishing. Although I have long hated PSU, I think BOB was a great coach who eventually would have made PSU a very competitive program. This is a sorry day for the B1G on the whole.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

SHAKENBAKE68's picture

I saw Narduzzi was popping up on some of their lists.

There is no such thing as "friendly fire"..

sb97's picture

BOB was a great coach for them.  They should be falling over themselves to congratulate him after the job they did.  Who would want to would to go coach for an organization that is going to attack a guy who was so instrumental in saving the program.  I know the PSU response will be that it was the players, not the coach that did the work but I am saying bunk to that.  OB was an integral part of everything.