It has gone from bad to worse for Penn State football.
Penn State hired Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien this afternoon, drawing the ire of Penn State alums and former football players. Former Penn State running back D.J. Dozier said he was upset to hear about O’Brien’s hiring. Lavar Arrington sounded off in rather colorful fashion.
“I will put my Butkus (Award) in storage. I will put my Alamo Bowl MVP trophy in storage,” Arrington said. “Jerseys, anything Penn State, in storage. Wherever Tom Bradley goes, that’s the school I will start to put memorabilia up in my home. I’m done. I’m done with Penn State. If they’re done with us, I’m done with them.”
Why are the masses pissed you ask? Let us count the ways:
- O’Brien has never been a head coach on ANY level.
- O’Brien is not a Penn State alum.
- He played at Brown University, Joe Paterno’s alma mater (shouldn’t the bar at Penn State be higher than that?).
- The former players and influential alums hated the hire (did I mention that already?).
Look, this is not to bash on O’Brien. I’m sure he’s a nice guy – and may do a good job at Penn State. But doesn’t Penn State have the pull to get an experienced retread to coach football, even if he is not a big name?
This reeks of desperation on Penn State’s part. The Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal left the football program in shambles, Penn State is desperate for ANYONE to coach its team. Hell, they couldn’t even get the Tennessee Titans’ head football coach to come aboard. So Penn State basically hired a guy on the strength of this:
I think this is going to go badly for Penn State. What kid would want to play for O’Brien and his non-coaching background? Bad enough the school allowed a child molester to coach there and hang around the program for decades.
Now they have hired the second coming of Charlie Weiss.