Former Coach Bill O'Brien Remains Penn State Proud

Now with the NFL's Houston Texans, O'Brien recently addressed the Nittany Lions' returns to power.

Outside of the people inside the program, nobody has a better understanding of how far Penn State has come over the last four years than Houston Texans' coach Bill O'Brien.

O'Brien took over the Nittany Lion program in January of 2012, two months after the Sandusky scandal broke and Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno was fired. He kept things together after the NCAA hit PSU with harsh sanctions that many predicted would doom the program. http://www.scout.com/college/penn-state/story/1732923-after-psu-official...

O'Brien left for the Texans following the 2013 season, and was replaced by former Vanderbilt coach James Franklin. And PSU somehow survived the "sanctions era" without suffering a losing record. The sanctions have all since been invalidated.

And this season, Penn State has returned to form in stunning fashion, After a 2-2 start, the Nittany Lions have rattled off eight straight wins. They captured the Big Ten East title and face Wisconsin in the conference championship game in Indianapolis Saturday night.

If things break the right way, No. 7 Penn State could advance to the four-team College Football Playoff.

O'Brien was asked about his former team during a press conference this week. You can see the video of his answer above.

“Couldn’t be more proud of that program, those kids,” he said. "A lot of those kids were there when we were there as a staff. I could answer this forever. In 2012 … I will say this … in 2012, people gave up on that program and you can go back and look it up. Numerous experts gave up on that program and it’s a great testament to that school, that coaching staff — James Franklin’s staff that’s there now and especially those kids — to come back from that and to be 10-2 playing in the Big Ten championship game when it was basically very close to death penalty, SMU-type sanctions. That’s a testament to those kids that are there now.”

Thanks to the Scout.com site State of the Texans for passing along this video clip.


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Outside of the people inside the program, nobody has a better understanding of how far Penn State has come over the last four years than Houston Texans' coach Bill O'Brien.

O'Brien took over the Nittany Lion program in January of 2012, two months after the Sandusky scandal broke and Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno was fired. He kept things together after the NCAA hit PSU with harsh sanctions that many predicted would doom the program. http://www.scout.com/college/penn-state/story/1732923-after-psu-official...

O'Brien left for the Texans following the 2013 season, and was replaced by former Vanderbilt coach James Franklin. And PSU somehow survived the \"sanctions era\" without suffering a losing record. The sanctions have all since been invalidated.

And this season, Penn State has returned to form in stunning fashion, After a 2-2 start, the Nittany Lions have rattled off eight straight wins. They captured the Big Ten East title and face Wisconsin in the conference championship game in Indianapolis Saturday night.

If things break the right way, No. 7 Penn State could advance to the four-team College Football Playoff.

O'Brien was asked about his former team during a press conference this week. You can see the video of his answer above.

“Couldn’t be more proud of that program, those kids,” he said. \"A lot of those kids were there when we were there as a staff. I could answer this forever. In 2012 … I will say this … in 2012, people gave up on that program and you can go back and look it up. Numerous experts gave up on that program and it’s a great testament to that school, that coaching staff — James Franklin’s staff that’s there now and especially those kids — to come back from that and to be 10-2 playing in the Big Ten championship game when it was basically very close to death penalty, SMU-type sanctions. That’s a testament to those kids that are there now.”

Thanks to the Scout.com site State of the Texans for passing along this video clip.

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