Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Nothing was put on a more clear display than the fact that Bill O'Brien absolutely, positively hates to lose.
Sure, every coach hates to lose, but O'Brien's postgame press conference was a demonstration of just how much it sickens him.
O'Brien was short with reporters looking for choice quotes for fluff news articles that had little to nothing to do with the actual game. O'Brien had little patience for questions like that, and he was quick to take the blame for the performance on his own shoulders. He understands what he is working with, and he is already tired of some writing off his program.
What O'Brien showed is that losing is not going to be accepted at Penn State, regardless of the situation and circumstances. O'Brien tried to get up and leave the press conference when he felt he was done, but a late question kept him in his chair. The look on his face was stern and determined.
O'Brien is going to lose games over the next nine years, and many suspect that things will continue to get tougher over the remainder of the four-year NCAA postseason ban. O'Brien has been through a lot in his personal life and in just nine months as a head coach at Penn State. If he was that sour after losing his coaching debut, it should tell you just how much he hates to lose.
If there is one bright spot in what seemed like a detestable situation, it is that Penn State has a coach who never wants to lose another game and will put in the work to ensure it doesn't happen again. Penn State will obviously lose again, but if the players and staff took note of O'Brien's reaction after one game, they won't want it to happen again any time soon.
Kevin McGuire is the host of the No 2-Minute Warning podcast, managing editor of Nittany Lions Den and a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation.
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