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For Bill O’Brien, Only One Direction To Go

There’s a fine line between careful and blunt—between cautious and direct—and Bill O’Brien has some practice walking it. On Thursday at Penn State’s preseason football media day, he was on the high wire again.

At issue are the competing emotions among so many Penn Staters about where to focus their energy, resources, and attention. In football terms, that means the question of whether to fight or accept harsh NCAA sanctions, whether to dispute or acknowledge the findings those sanctions were based on, and—symbolically, but just as important to some—how to feel about any changes at a football program where the word “tradition” is taken more seriously than almost anywhere else.

On Thursday, O’Brien tread carefully as he acknowledged all of the above; just don’t confuse “carefully” with “evasively.” Asked no fewer than four questions that touched on those themes, O’Brien was clear: He and the football program are moving forward. He hopes Penn Staters will join him.

“I’m very respectful of the traditions here—very respectful,” O’Brien said when asked about adding player names (more…)

August 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm 2 comments


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