Originally written on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 11/8/14
  Maybe it wasn’t the same as going to a bowl game, but for Penn State fans Tuesday was as big as any bowl game this year could’ve been. It was the day the Big 10 announced that Bill O’Brien won Coach of the Year over Ohio State’s Urban Meyer – and it was the day that O’Brien indicated that he would be staying at Penn State. The Big Ten Network did a great job of rolling out its season-ending awards Monday and Tuesday night and, at least in my opinion, Penn Staters took greater interest in making sure members of this 2012 team got their due than in any previous year.   Linebacker Michael Mauti, wide receiver Allen Robinson, defensive end Jordan Hill, offensive guard John Urschel, center Matt Stankiewitch and tight end Kyle Carter were all named first-team all-conference by the media or the coaches on Monday. Mauti, in fact, was named the Big Ten’s Linebacker of the Year and Robinson was the Receiver of the Year. In addition, Gerald Hodges was a second-team choice at linebacker. Seven other Nittany Lions earned honorable mention including quarterback Matt McGloin, cornerback Adrian Amos, defensive end Deion Barnes, offensive tackle Mike Farrell, cornerback Stephon Morris, defensive end Sean Stanley and running back Zach Zwinak. Barnes, a freshman, was named the Freshman of the Year. Considering where this program was in August, it certainly wasn’t a bad haul for the Nittany Lions. After Monday night’s announcement of the All-Big 10 teams, it was Tuesday evening’s Coach of the Year announcement that had the Twitter-verse abuzz. Would it be Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, who guided the Buckeyes to an undefeated season? Or would it be O’Brien, who directed Penn State through multiple minefields of sanctions, transfers, public relations and, oh yes, led it to an 8-4 record when most felt the program was dead. After O’Brien won the award from both the media and the coaches he said, “This is a fantastic honor, very humbling. Any time you’re named coach of the year, it has a lot to do with two groups of people – it’s your coaching staff and obviously your players. We have a coaching staff that did a nice job of keeping everything together and teaching our players. And our players did a great job of going out there every week and playing as hard as they could. It’s an honor for our program.” Even more important to the fans and the program was the fact that O’Brien on Tuesday indicated that he plans to stay at Penn State. There has been speculation that he might be in line for some NFL openings. Tuesday morning on an Atlanta radio station (scroll to the bottom and O'Brien's interview is there), he stated that he planned to be back at Penn State. Also, in an article on ESPN.com, O’Brien’s agent Joe Linta indicated the same. “(O'Brien) is staying, and we've had no conversations with anyone else," Linta told ESPN's Darren Rovell. "In fact, he's leaving at 6 in the morning to go out on the recruiting trail." Those words brought relief and joy to Nittany Lion fans everywhere. Given the fact there is no bowl this year, it’s hard to believe that Penn State fans could’ve had a better post-season day than Tuesday. Follow Marty Valania on Twitter @EastRecruiting.  

Bears to bench Jay Cutler, start Jimmy Clausen

Wes Welker once pulled funny UGG prank on Tom Brady

Wil Myers heads to Padres in 11-player, 3-team trade

Bo Pelini calls Nebraska AD a ‘c–t’ and ‘p-ssy’

49ers release Ray McDonald

Take your pick: Colin Kaepernick or Derek Carr


Reports: Michigan makes huge offer to Harbaugh

Heat lose a key player with McRoberts out for rest of season

Belichick: Ryan is 'buttering me up' with Hall of Fame praise

Marshall: Bears need to gel and do some kumbaya

Red Sox appear content with rotation despite lack of true ace

Iguodala gets technical for mocking Conley travel

Report: Celtics in serious trade talks involving Rondo

WATCH: Brandon Jennings makes mind-boggling play

WATCH: Drake intros Raptors on 'Drake Night'

Brian Billick owns Browns fan over Johnny Manziel criticism

WATCH: Did Flyers' Giroux wipe boogers on linesman’s back?

Royals sign Edinson Volquez to 2-year deal

12 candidates to replace Paul Chryst at Pitt

Brad Halsey claimed he was on cocaine for Bonds record HR

Wade Miley confident in health, diet after trade from D-Backs

When bowl results mean more for one school than another

Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson lead in 2014 athlete Google searches

Max Scherzer next domino to fall in free agent market

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Brian Billick owns Browns fan

C's in serious trade talks about Rondo

Pelini has profane words for Nebraska AD

When bowl results mean more for one school than another

Four can't-miss match-ups in NFL's Week 16

RG3 quits social media for season

Each NFL division’s MVP

Five NFLers who must step up in Week 16

Most impressive college hoops teams

Five reasons why FSU is going to win the CFB Playoff

Boxer admits to dive in Rourke bout

FCC heard about Brady's swearing?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.