Bill O’Brien of Penn State receives a pay raise
Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien will receive a $1 million pay raise, bringing his contract up to $1.9 million starting July 1.
In an statement posted on the Penn State Athletic website, Director of Athletics Dave Joyner announced that the second-year head coach’s contract had been amended.
Joyner added, “Bill did a tremendous job with all facets of the Penn State football program, this rightly recognizes Bill’s outstanding achievements in guiding out student-athletes on and off the field.”
The Nittany Lions have been attempting to recover from the Jerry Sandusky scandal that lead to legendary head coach Joe Paterno being fired. Many had hoped that the signing of O’Brien would help the football team and the university move past the recent struggles. However O’Brien’s first two games left many people skeptical.
Penn State would loose their home opener of 2012 to Ohio 24-14. Then, the Nittany Lions suffered a one-point loss to Virginia 17-16 in week two. When all had seemed lost for Penn State, the team turn the season around, winning eight of ten games and posting a 6-2 mark in conference behind O’Brien.
Success continued under O’Brien, who was able to land the nation’s number one quarterback prospect of the 2013 signing class in Christian Hackenberg, according to 247Sports.
While this could be Penn State’s attempt to keep O’Brien from seeking head coaching opportunities in the NFL, his record and accomplishments clearly stand for themselves.