Penn State Football: Bill O'Brien's Decision to Stay a Huge Win for PSU

Barry LeonardAnalyst IIIJanuary 3, 2013

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Penn State Nittany Lions gestures towards an official during the first half against the Navy Midshipmen at Beaver Stadium on September 15, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Penn State fans can finally breathe easy. According to Adam Caplan of, the head coach isn't going anywhere.

Bill O'Brien will stay at Penn St. No more interviews, source confirmed. There you go.

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) January 4, 2013


Caplan also tweeted that the Eagles did indeed talk to O'Brien earlier on Thursday.

Eagles interviewed O'Brien today.

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) January 4, 2013


A report from ESPN came out on Thursday that the Cleveland Browns had interviewed O'Brien for their vacant head coach position as well.

In the end, O'Brien decided to show the integrity that he had preached to his team all season. Earlier in the year he had praised the Penn State players who chose to stay on the team and take on the certain adversity that was facing the program.

The Nittany Lions surprised many in 2012, finishing with a record of 8-4 despite losing several key starters before the start of the season.

O'Brien brought his NFL-style offense to Happy Valley and turned senior quarterback Matt McGloin into one of the top passers in the Big Ten Conference.

With O'Brien now committed to Penn State, fans can be hopeful of a bright future. His NFL pedigree has already attracted several top recruits to State College such as quarterback Christian Hackenberg and tight end Adam Breneman.  Currently, ESPN Recruiting Nation has the Nittany Lions ranked as the 24th-ranked recruiting class for 2013.

Hackenberg had told ESPN earlier in the week that he would consider changing his mind about Penn State if O'Brien were no longer the coach.

With a difficult situation avoided at Penn State, the coaching staff can now get back to recruiting and preparing the team for the upcoming season. Fans feared the worst, but O'Brien's decision shows that he is a man of his word and definitely the right guy for the job.