Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 5/17/13
Bill O’Brien will be a feature subject on the next HBO Real Sports; which debuts Tuesday, May 21st. After nearly 20 years in college and pro football, Bill O’Brien finally attained the head coaching job he coveted. Prior to the 2012 season, the 43-year-old Bill O’Brien took over a Penn State University program devastated by the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. My favorite part of Big Ten media day last summer was when I asked Penn State coach Bill O’Brien for further information about the likely transfer of Silas Redd from Penn State to USC. O’Brien was at the podium and just said “no.” That’s it. “No.” That’s all he said. This exchange was just awesomesauce. And it even got described in the Chicago Tribune. Then the NCAA hit Penn State University with a $60 million fine, scholarship reductions and a four-year bowl ban for lack of institutional control. After an 0-2 start amidst these unprecedented sanctions, Bill O’Brien rallied his team to win eight of the next ten games, exceeding all expectations. He learned resilience in the face of adversity from his ten-year-old son, Jack, who suffers from a debilitating brain disorder and fights to survive every day of his life. The Bill O’Brien piece is produced by Chapman Downes. Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net. He’s also an author who also contributes regularly to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, Walter Football.com and Yardbarker Banks has appeared on the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks) The post Penn State’s Bill O’Brien profiled on HBO Real Sports appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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