Originally posted on Double Coverage Football  |  Last updated 10/9/12
When Bill O'Brien was announced as the next head coach at Penn State last January, it didn't take long for some alums to come out criticizing the school for not picking a "Penn Stater." Nine long months later, the Nittany Lions are 4-2 heading into their bye week, something many never imagined possible given what's transpired in the past year. After historically heavy sanctions were announced last July, the program experienced a significant exodus. O'Brien lost 15 players, including incoming recruits and returning starters. That many players coming off any roster stings, regardless of talent level or position.It's unknown what kind of emotions O'Brien was experiencing during this ordeal as he never showed it. Instead he stayed focused and kept the attention on him rather than his players. He reiterated his commitment to Penn State for the long haul and moved on. When the season finally came around and the Nittany Lions were starring at an 0-2 start, many (myself included) thought th...
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