From the moment he arrived at the podium in Chicago, you could tell Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien was a bit more comfortable in front of the Big Ten media at the annual Big Ten media day event. This being his second go-around with the media scattered throughout the conference, including some familiar faces from the typical Penn State beat, O'Brien also did not have to face (as many) questions about NCAA sanctions and how he might try to save face for the program. While there are still challenges to combat and tough times to overcome, O'Brien's demeanor was calm and confident as he kept the focus on the 2013 season.
Here are the questions posed to O'Brien on Wednesday followed by his responses. I also added in my quick take after each.
Bill O'Brien: Excited to be here. This is my second Big Ten media day. It's always a sign that obviously the season is right around the corner.
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