Thanks to Billionaire Booster, O'Brien Staying in Happy Valley
According to Forbes.com, billionaire booster Terrence Pegula aided the program so that it could keep O’Brien in Happy Valley. He is set to receive an extra $1.3 million in 2013, giving him $3.6 overall and making him the seventh highest-paid coach in college football.
“I’m not a one-and-done guy,” O’Brien said. “I made a commitment to these players at Penn State and that’s what I am going to do. I’m not gonna cut and run after one year, that’s for sure.”
So like many other collegiate coaches with a wanted sign on their back, O’Brien either lied or simply took the Browns interview to pull leverage with his contract situation.
Either way, it was smart, but he deserves a “not cool bro” sticker. This is the same program that just lost $60 million due to the NCAA sanctions.
Luckily for Penn State, it has a lot of friends in high places.
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