PSU Names New Head Football Coach
Posted by Op All Night on January 5, 2012
By Max Spielvogel
The Pennsylvania State University named Bill O’Brien as the new head football coach. It’s not easy to replace Joe Paterno; anyone they hired wouldn’t have quite the same effect JoePa did. Obviously, whoever the was named the new coach was going to face scrutiny, but Bill O’Brien, really? That was the best you could do Penn State? For those of you who don’t know much about O’Brien, let’s go over his resume.
- Alumni of Brown University
- 1993: Tight ends coach at Brown
- 1994: Linebacker coach at Brown
- 1995-1997: Graduate assistant at Georgia Tech
- 1998-2000: Running backs coach at GT
- 2001-2002: Offensive Coordinator at GT
- 2003-2004: Running backs coach at Maryland
- 2005-2006: Offensive coordinator at Duke
- 2007: Offensive assistant for the New England Patriots
- 2008: Wide receiver coach for the Patriots
- 2009-2010: Quarterback coach for the Patriots
- 2011: Offensive coordinator for the Patriots
Does this resume get you a job as a head coach at an average Division I football team that has no hopes for a BCS bowl bid? Of course, the man coached Tom Brady; arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. On the other hand, this resume is nothing to write home about.
Penn State just went through one of the worst scandals in the history of sports at any level of all-time and they decide that their new football coach, the man who is supposed to replace the most beloved coach at any organization, ever, the man who is supposed to turn this football program around is going to be a guy with absolutely no head coaching experience? I don’t get it. Penn State has taken a terrible situation and has possibly made it worse by showing little effort to return any prestige to the school. I find it hard to believe that this wasn’t one of the most contested coaching positions of all-time, and they don’t take the time to find someone with college football head coaching experience. It’s pathetic. There must have been someone with experience that wanted to be the guy to replace Joe Paterno; the guy that would be forever known as the man who turned the Penn State football program around.
As a Penn State football fan I hope that Bill O’Brien is that man. I just don’t see it happening.