The NCAA imposed a four-year ban on bowls and other postseason games and a reduction in the number of scholarships the program could award.
The addendum was not included in the contract document that was made public after O'Brien signed it. But the Centre Daily Times obtained a copy of the addendum.
It reads, "Any sanction by the NCAA of a loss of scholarships or bowl eligibility due to the actions of the previous staff or lack of institutional control prior to 2012 will immediately result in an automatic extension of coach's contract at 2016 total compensation and bonus package in years equal to the number of years of the sanctions."
O'Brien's base salary is $950,000 for the first 18 months of the contract, with a 5 percent raise starting in July 2013 and continuing each year after that. He also is expected to make $1 million from TV and radio contracts per year, in addition to a deal with Nike that pays him $350,000 annually.
The contract includes a clause that says if O'Brien resigns before the end of the contract, he has to pay the university a sum equal to his annual base salary for the remainder of the contract, plus any TV and radio money, plus the funds from the Nike contract.
No-shows. Penn State announced that the three players scheduled to attend the Big Ten football media days Thursday and Friday in Chicago - tailback Silas Redd, defensive tackle Jordan Hill, and guard John Urschel - would not appear.
No reason was given for the change. O'Brien will be the only representative of the Nittany Lions at the event.
A Big Ten spokesman said schools are not required to bring athletes to the media days. However, the 11 other member conference schools are bringing three players each.
Comings and goings. Multiple reports said that offensive tackle Ryan Nowicki, who sat out his first season at Penn State as a redshirt, intended to transfer, with Illinois being a strong possibility. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Nowicki did not appear on the depth chart released after spring practice.
Concerning O'Brien's latest recruiting class, top-rated quarterback Christian Hackenberg wants to make one more visit to Penn State before reaching a final decision on whether to hold true to his commitment to the class of 2013, his high school coach told ESPN.com.
Fork Union (Va.) Academy coach Micky Sullivan said Hackenberg wants to sit down with O'Brien and ask him questions about the sanctions assessed against the program. Sullivan also said on the website that his quarterback would like to make a decision by Aug. 7, the start of Fork Union's preseason practice.
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