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January 7, 2013

Nitt Clips: O'Brien opening statement

Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien spoke for 15 minutes before opening his Monday morning press conference up for questions.

Check out his complete opening statement, right here:



Opening statement excerpted below:

"Why I'm here today is to tell you a few things. Number one is, I'm a coach. I'm a coach. Coaching is my profession. Coaching is something that I love. I love to coach. I love coaching these kids here at Penn State. I enjoy coming into the office every day and strategizing and thinking about how we can get this team ready for the 2013 season. I enjoy the week to week preparation. I enjoy the practice planning, the camaraderie with our staff. We have one of the best staffs in the country. We have a fantastic staff of guys. I'm a coach. That's my profession. Your profession is, you guys are journalists, you guys are TV people, you men and women are at the top of your profession, whether it's here in Pennylvania or in the country. But, that's your profession. Respect my profession. My profession is coaching, and in my profession, the National Football League is the highest level of coaching. You don't get any higher in coaching than the National Football League. So, out of respect for what we did this year, myself and our staff and most importantly, our players - plus some of the things that I have done in the past - a few teams reached out to my representative and we had conversations. That's as far as it went. At the end of the day, the most important thing is the decision that I made. I made the decision to be here at Penn State just like I made that decision a year ago, and I can't think of a better place to be. This is a Top Ten football program. This is one of the best academic institutions in the country, in the world, and I am very, very proud to be the head football coach here. Very proud. And, I have a family. I'm forty-three years old, I've been doing this for twenty years. I'm basically, in my opinion, about halfway through my career. I won't be coaching for forty-seven more years. I won't. I will not be coaching when I'm eighty years old. I think I can coach about twenty to twenty-five more years because that's where I see my career going. I have my wife Colleen and my son Jack and my son Michael, who I love more than anything in the world. It's my job as the father and the husband in that house, that I take care of my family first. That's my job. That's my duty as a father and a husband, and that's what I did. Again, we couldn't be happier than being at Penn State. We could not be happier.

"In my twenty years of coaching, you can call (coaches I coached for) - most of them probably won't call you back, but if you do get them on the phone, you can ask them - Did Bill, in his years working for you, has he ever asked you for a raise? They will unequivocally tell you, no. I have never asked Dr. Joyner, Dr. Erickson for a raise. No one at Penn State has ever come to me and said to me that we're going to make a donation so that you can get a raise. That's a bunch of mularky. It's not true. It's never happened, and it never will happen. That's the last thing that I'm about. If I was about money, more than likely, I probably wouldn't be sitting here right now. It's not about money. It's about making sure that Penn State University, Penn State athletic department, Penn State football, does everything we can do in our power to make this place the best it can be for our student athletes. That's what it's about, in my mind.

"Not one time have I ever asked them for more money for me, or have they ever said to me, Hey, we're going to give you more money. It's never happened. It never will. It's never happened. Sure, would I like them to donate money to our football program so we can get a couple new treadmills or a squat rack or something new in the training room? Sure. But, again, these are some of the most outstanding people I've ever met, and I'm proud to know them and I have a good relationship with them. Again, I'm very thrilled to be the head football coach at Penn State. I'm really looking forward to watching the development of this team going forward. It's a few months here before spring practice. I can't wait for spring practice. Over the next month and a half here, you won't really be able to get ahold of me because I'll be out recruiting. I'm really excited about the direction of recruiting. I think people have to understand, the situation that we're in right now, I would tell you that recruiting is going very well. Obviously I can't mention anybody's name, because that's illegal, but I can tell you that, you think about the situation that we're in and you think about the types of guys we're being able to recruit and that are receptive to us, it's really an outstanding job by our football staff. Our football staff is outstanding. That's a group of men that I'm proud to be associated with and hopefully we can take care of them, too, and make sure we do right by our football staff. But, those are just some things I wanted to say. And, again, I didn't dress up for you guys. I have a couple other places to go after this."


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