Bill O'Brien welcomed an opportunity to coach at Penn State amid turmoil and a cloud of uncertainty, but after one year on the job there is now a ray of sunshine starting to peek through in Happy Valley. A community torn and shaken by the fallout of a disturbing scandal and a continuing search for answers and clarity may have been enough to keep some candidates for the opening to turn away, but O'Brien has embraced the challenges that continue to be thrown at him left and right.
Taking over a job said to be toxic? Bring it on.
NCAA sanctions? He'll deal with it.
Top running back, wide receiver and kicker all transfer? Fine. Move on.
No bowl game? No problem.
Continuing our look at first year head coaches in college football in 2012, we dive deeper in to the year that was for Bill O'Brien at Penn State.
What Went Right: One of the challenges O'Brien had in his first year was convincing many within the Penn State fan base and family that he was indeed ...