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December 23, 2012 | By Tim Gilbert
STATE COLLEGE - There was a nationally covered trial, the Freeh Report, the removal of Joe Paterno's statue, the NCAA's sanctions, controversy, transfers - and that was all before Bill O'Brien coached a game at Penn State. So what was it about the guy from Boston that made him able to lead the Penn State football team so successfully through it all? "Every little thing he does is so great for this team. Everything he says he just leads us. You know, like, 'Man, coach O'Brien said that?
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March 6, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
PENN STATE football coach Bill O'Brien will participate in a coaches caravan tour starting April 30, when there will be an evening reception in Philadelphia. O'Brien and other PSU coaches will make stops in 12 locations over 2 weeks. "We had a great turnout of Penn State alumni and fans during the coaches caravan last year and I enjoyed meeting so many people who have great pride and passion for Penn State," O'Brien said in a statement. "It's important for me to get around Pennsylvania and other areas where we have a lot of alumni and give them a chance to get to know me and to hear from them.
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November 22, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill O'Brien counted on Penn State's seniors in so many ways when he took over the football program in January. He depended on them again and again during a chaotic year that included NCAA penalties, player transfers, and a discouraging start to the season. So it's likely that O'Brien will be as emotional as his seniors when they are brought out before Saturday's game against Wisconsin to be introduced to the crowd at Beaver Stadium. "These are young guys that have been through a lot," O'Brien said during his teleconference on Tuesday.
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September 14, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has a penetrating stare, a scowl always at the ready and language that prompted him to shoo away cameras filming ESPN's "all-access" special in the preseason. But that's not the O'Brien that Stan Hixon, the wide receivers coach of the Nittany Lions, remembers when he first met O'Brien, then a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech, in the mid 1990s. "He was a comedian," Hixon said Thursday on a conference call. "He's the only guy that I know as a coach that could make money as a comedian.
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January 1, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With at least seven NFL coaching vacancies needing to be filled after Monday's rash of firings, the name of Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has come up for most, if not all, of them. O'Brien, the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator, could have his choice of any job after earning national honors for leading the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 mark in his first season. As for whether he has been contacted, O'Brien's agent, Joe Linta, has not responded to a request for comment.
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September 6, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's a lot of things you can call Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin. But if you're on Bill O'Brien's practice field there's one name you shouldn't use - former "walk-on. " That's because O'Brien has erased that word from his team's vocabulary. They're called "run-ons" now. "These guys don't walk, they run on the field. They sprint on the field. They bust their butt on the field," O'Brien said as a smile stretched across his face at Tuesday's news conference. "I know that goes against everybody's term for non-scholarship players for the last 100 years of college football, but that's just our term for them.
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November 14, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt McGloin opened the floodgates to a national discussion of whether the Big Ten conspires against Penn State with his comments that the Nittany Lions would never get the call on tight end Matt Lehman's fumble into the end zone, a play that upon review appeared to be a touchdown. Penn State coach Bill O'Brien did not appear eager to return to the subject Tuesday during his teleconference, going back to his weekly "moving forward" mantra, this time to Saturday's game against Indiana at Beaver Stadium.
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May 2, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
IN 1941, Father Marcial Maciel founded a lucrative, seductive order of priests and their pupils called the Legion of Christ in Mexico City. It raised outrageous amounts of money and spawned the careers of hundreds of brilliant priests, even as the Catholic Church shriveled globally. As early as the 1950s, accusations of sexual abuse of young boys surfaced against Maciel. A charming leader, Maciel weathered decades of such accusations. The Vatican, alerted of Maciel's actions, allowed him to use his position of immense power to herd victims to himself.
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November 17, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Maybe it's the 20 years he's spent in coaching, or the five years he worked on Bill Belichick's staff with the New England Patriots, but Bill O'Brien won't allow anything to disturb his steely focus on the next game. Penn State's first-year coach has been dealing with distractions ever since he was introduced to Nittany Nation on Jan. 7. The Jerry Sandusky scandal, the death of Joe Paterno, the Freeh report, NCAA sanctions, players transferring from and leaving the program - he's been through a lot. Yet he has led the Nittany Lions to a 6-4 record and found himself Friday on the 18-man watch list for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award for coach of the year.
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October 25, 2012 | BY TIM GILBERT, Daily News Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE - Bill O'Brien isn't crazy. "This is a big game. For me to sit up here and say it's not a big game, you know, that's crazy," Penn State's head coach said at his weekly news conference on Tuesday. "It's Ohio State. " As Penn State (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) prepares to host the Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) at 5:30 on Saturday afternoon for the official Whiteout game, O'Brien is aware of the importance of the nationally-televised game. The winner will sit alone atop the Big Ten Leaders Division.
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February 27, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
INDIANAPOLIS - It wasn't anything like the pressure he'd face in the pocket during his last two years at Penn State, but Christian Hackenberg didn't flinch when the familiar name of Bill O'Brien was announced over the speakers during the end of his NFL combine news conference. Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, Podium A. Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, Podium A. Perhaps it was only coincidence that Hackenberg would speak 10 minutes before O'Brien was scheduled to meet with reporters Thursday.
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February 25, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Notables at the NFL Combine Here are some notable players with local ties expected to attend this week's NFL Combine in Indianapolis: From local high schools Eli Apple, CB (Ohio State and Eastern High School): Apple left Ohio State after only two seasons. He is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the draft and a potential first-round pick. Will Fuller, WR (Notre Dame and Roman Catholic High School): What Fuller lacks in size (6-foot-0, 172 pounds), he makes up for with speed.
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January 17, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
AS WE WAIT to see how new Eagles coach Doug Pederson's Chiefs fare in Saturday's AFC divisional matchup against the Patriots, we can kill some of the time by pointing out that Andy Reid's assistants have outperformed Bill Belichick's assistants when they've moved on to head-coaching gigs. And, really, by pointing this out, all we are doing is killing time. In general, the branches off a coaching tree struggle to blossom. That because coaches in general tend to fail, which is why NFL owners hire new ones every year.
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December 11, 2015 | By Vegas Vic, For the Daily News
EAGLES (+1) over Bills "Uncle!!!" . . . Remember when you were arm wrestling back in the day and cried that to admit defeat? Kinda like tapping out in a UFC mixed martial arts match. Not ashamed to admit that Kelly 's Heroes have given me agita all season long, and predicting the outcome of their games is about as easy as finding a ticket for Bruce Springsteen 's upcoming tour. They come off two of the ugliest games in NFL history (losing by a combined total of 90-31)
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December 10, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Carl Nassib, who went to Penn State as a walk-on and did not start a game until his senior year, added two more trophies to his postseason collection Wednesday when he was named winner of both the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Ted Hendricks Award. A West Chester native and a graduate of Malvern Prep, Nassib was in Houston at the Rotary Lombardi Award dinner with his parents Wednesday night when his name was called as the winner of the trophy presented to the nation's top lineman or linebacker.
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December 1, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State head coach James Franklin likes to say he is constantly evaluating the football program, and he repeated it after Saturday's one-sided loss to Michigan State, another game in which the offense struggled to score. "We're evaluating every single day," Franklin said. "The evaluation will happen between now and the bowl and then after the bowl. " Evidently, it didn't take long for Franklin to evaluate an offense that has been one of the worst in the nation during his two years at Penn State.
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November 25, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
ONE OF the benefits of the NFL's annual Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit is that it offers fans across the nation a chance to pause and reflect on how fortunate they are not to be rooting for a team like the Lions. For fans of the Eagles, many of whom have reacted to back-to-back losses to the Dolphins and Bucs by suggesting that Jeffrey Lurie part ways with Chip Kelly, this year's holiday should take on added meaning as they watch their squad square off against a franchise that has produced two winning seasons under five head coaches since 2001.
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November 19, 2015 | BY GORDIE JONES, For the Daily News
NINETEEN PENN State players will be honored Saturday in Beaver Stadium, before they play their final home game, against Michigan. Christian Hackenberg will not be one of them. Doesn't mean the junior quarterback will spurn the NFL and return for his final season in 2016. Just means that nothing is certain right now. Hackenberg was asked during a news conference Tuesday afternoon if he has thought about whether this will be his last home appearance. "Not really," he said.
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November 19, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Things are looking up for Penn State football. The program has all its scholarships back after three years of limited numbers under NCAA sanctions. The Nittany Lions will lose only six seniors who have played regular roles on offense or defense this season. The one thing that would reinforce this surge would be a signature win. The Lions have yet to defeat a ranked team in the two-season run of coach James Franklin, and will get another chance to pick one up Saturday on senior day at Beaver Stadium against No. 14 Michigan.
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October 22, 2015 | BY GORDIE JONES, For the Daily News
PENN STATE senior defensive end Carl Nassib has gone from non-starter - in college, and also at Malvern Prep - to star. From medical school candidate to likely NFL draftee. From self-described nerd to a player his teammates call "Crazy Carl. " His numbers through seven games this season, his first as a regular, are no less insane. He has recorded 11 1/2 sacks, 15 1/2 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles, all No. 1 in the nation. Even as the Nittany Lions (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten)
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