Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien said Thursday he will remain at the university.
After he reportedly interviewed with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, O’Brien told FightOnState.com “I’m staying at PSU because I am committed to the 2013 team.”
O’Brien’s first year at Penn State accompanied NCAA sanctions against the university stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that included a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban and drastic scholarship reductions. Penn State also has been ineligible for the Big Ten Conference Conference. Despite a dozen or so player defections, he led the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer had reported that O’Brien had talked with the Browns. Various reports alleged that he also had interviewed with the Eagles. CBS Sports reported that the Arizona Cardinals and the San Diego Chargers were also interested in talking with O’Brien.