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Bill O’Brien: ‘I don’t give a f*ck what the ‘Paterno people’ think’

by Greg Smith | Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
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Now that Bill O’Brien has left Penn State for the Houston Texans, some leaks are coming about about his time at Penn State. One of the biggest things to drop is that he went on a rant while he still had the job about the “Paterno people” after longtime assistant coach Ron Vanderlinden was let go. Fans questioning him after that move and demanding answers prompted this rant:

“You can print this: You can print that I don’t really give a [expletive] 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 [expletive] 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.”

It’s interesting that this comes out now after he left. This probably never sees the light of day had he signed a 10 year deal instead of bolting for a better opportunity. This does illustrate a problem with the Penn State job. Now matter how Joe Paterno’s time ended there, there is a large and vocal group that wants to keep ties to him.

It will be interesting to see what caliber of coach they can get now.

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  1. Derek says:

    The sad thing about that whole mess is this. Even after the “disgusting” things that went on under the leadership of Joe. And the devastation it caused former and current students and employee’s… The so called “Paterno” people are STILL hurting that organization. The best thing those people could do. In fact the most NOBLE thing the Paterno people could do. It take a HUGE step back. Remember the good years and things Joe Brought to Happy Valley. And allow time to march on. I’m sorry about what happened. And I know most coaches like Paterno are made into “Heroic figures” who’s name and legacy is forever written into a Granite in an organization. This, regrettably is forfeit for Paterno. He doesn’t deserve that position or accolade. HE WAS NO HERO!!! And that fact is of his own doing. HE CHOSE to ignore things that cannot be ignored… he broke trust… a sacred trust between coach and student by allowing students to be abused in the most horrifically destructive way. If you don’t like to hear that… Or want to argue the point. I suggest you go to Paterno’s grave side and take it up with his soul. Because you’ll NEVER change the truth… or facts.. Or what they caused.

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