Bill O'Brien won't be talking about NFL jobs
Posted by: Chris Vannini on November 13, 2012
Bill O'Brien is going to take any bait.
With some NFL jobs bound to come open, O'Brien was asked at his weekly press conference if he has thought about how he would handle that.
"No. I'm focused on Indiana," he said. "We are at 6‑4, trying to get to a 7th win and just really want to do a great job coaching this team, this week, for the Indiana game."
Later in the press conference, the same question was asked in a different way, when a reporter asked O'Brien if he felt like he needed to make a definitive statement. O'Brien again wasn't biting.
"I'm flattered that you would ask me that question," he said. "I'm worried about Indiana and our Tuesday practice and looking forward to doing the best we can for this team as a coaching staff for this Indiana game."
After last week's loss to Nebraska, PSU quarterback Matt McGloin said the Nittany Lions were hurt by some referee calls because of the NCAA sanctions. The NCAA official online store also isn't selling PSU apparel. Some fans believe the NCAA is out to hurt Penn State some more, but O'Brien tried to calm everyone down.
"I would tell our fans that nobody is against Penn State; no one is against Penn State," he said. "Penn State is a very special university. Penn State has a very unique athletic department with 31 sports, some great coaches. Penn State is a place where you can receive a world‑renowned education and choose from 100 different majors. Penn State has a football team this year that plays with extremely good effort, plays hard.
"Penn State has a senior class on this football team right here that to me will go down in the history of college football as one of the better senior classes of any college football team. At the end of the day, football is a sport played by guys that compete hard, and it's just a great team sport, and that's what it is, and nobody is against Penn State."
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