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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 21, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Chip Kelly once preferred Brett Hundley to Marcus Mariota. But Hundley chose UCLA and Kelly settled on Mariota, and somewhere over the next three years Oregon proved to get the better college quarterback. Mariota is also expected to be the better NFL prospect and likely out of reach for Kelly and the Eagles, who have the 20th overall selection in the first round of the NFL draft. But Hundley should be available when the Eagles pick, and possibly in the second or third round, as well.
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February 17, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2012, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput rescinded the threatened closing of four Catholic high schools after a group of developers, executives, and foundations promised to raise money and take a more active role supporting them. On behalf of those schools, a private group that helps families pay tuition has more than tripled its yearly scholarship grants through Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program and related credits. The credits allow companies to redirect part of their state taxes to private, independent, and parochial schools so they can provide tuition assistance to any student who applies, until the money runs out. Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools started as an archdiocese-controlled, lay- and ecumenically led, corporate-backed effort in 1980.
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February 5, 2015 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - On Jan. 11, 2014, James Franklin made a promise. "We are going to dominate the state," the coach said without blinking an eye. "Dominate the state" - it's been hashtagged on Twitter and printed on T-shirts since Franklin's introductory news conference as the Nittany Lions' football coach, and, while many have overused or overblown the motto, it wasn't an empty claim. Franklin put himself and his staff out on a limb, but, as long as there aren't any surprises today on National Signing Day, he'll have the results to back up that promise.
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February 5, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Glassboro High School's Juwan Johnson first talked about Penn State with a member of former coach Bill O'Brien's staff, the tone of the presentation left him "not that interested" and figuring he'd have to find another place to play college football. But when James Franklin took over the helm of the Nittany Lions in January last year and accompanied wide receiver coach Josh Gattis to South Jersey for their first meeting with Johnson, everything changed. "The thing was, they're really fresh, they're really energetic," said the 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver, who is one of 22 players expected to sign national letters of intent Wednesday with Penn State.
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January 2, 2015 | By SAM DONNELLON, Daily News Sports Columnist
ONE OF THE interesting aspects of the reported rift between Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and coach Chip Kelly is that it is Roseman who is generally credited with continuing the pursuit of Kelly after he originally turned down the Eagles' overtures 2 years ago. The Eagles, you may recall, had a carousel of coaches either interview for the job or turn down similar overtures - Gus Bradley, Doug Marrone and Bill O'Brien, then a coach at Penn State,...
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December 28, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Despite traveling a bumpy road trying to navigate his team through a season with fewer scholarship players than any of its opponents, first-year Penn State head coach James Franklin has managed to keep the same enthusiasm he displayed when he was hired. By and large, the Penn State fan base has been pleased by the promise Franklin has shown, particularly in the recruiting area that has set the Nittany Lions up well for the future, and maybe not as much by the fact the Lions are 2-6 after a 4-0 start and could finish below .500 if they don't defeat Boston College Saturday in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
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December 24, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - National signing day for Christian Hackenberg was more than six months away when the NCAA hammered Penn State in July 2012 with harsh sanctions. The penalties included a four-year bowl ban that would have prevented the Virginia high school phenom to play in the postseason until his senior year. In the end, Hackenberg ignored overtures from other head coaches, honored his commitment to Bill O'Brien and signed with the Nittany Lions. A lot has happened since then, including a coaching change, but the best development for the team came in September when the NCAA lifted the bowl ban. So instead of waiting two more years, Hackenberg will make his bowl debut on Saturday when the Lions take on Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
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December 11, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Shane Conlan likely would not have been the 23d member of the Penn State football program inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame if not for assistant coach Tom Bradley. Conlan, a linebacker, had received no offers from any NCAA Division I-A school during a fine career at Frewsburg Central (N.Y.) High School until Bradley came calling, and the longtime assistant to Joe Paterno remained persistent and finally persuaded his boss to offer him a scholarship.
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October 31, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Bill O'Brien feels at home again. That probably sounds like a silly thing to say about a guy from New England who left a job in State College, Pa., for one deep in the heart of Texas. Home for O'Brien, however, is not so much about location as it is the level of football he is coaching. He showed a lot of courage in January 2012 when he left his job as the New England Patriots offensive coordinator to take over a storied college program that had shockingly spiraled out of control.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Former defensive coordinator Tom Bradley spent more than 3 decades at Penn State. About one-third of that time was spent with Larry Johnson by his side. In their time on the staff, Bradley, now an assistant head coach at West Virginia, and Johnson helped forge dominating defenses. "When we worked together, it was always about the team," Bradley said. The same remains true for Johnson, even though that team is no longer Penn State. From 1996 to 2013, Johnson roamed the Beaver Stadium sideline as an assistant coach.
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