Bill O’Brien is coming back to Happy Valley. O’Brien, the former Penn State football coach, will return to the school to be the keynote speaker at the program’s annual coaches clinic April 7.
Mike Poorman of StateCollege.com first reported O’Brien’s return, and James Franklin confirmed the news during a Monday afternoon press conference.
JF on Bill O'Brien speaking at the Penn State coaches clinic: "I think it is great."
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O’Brien is entering his fifth season as the head coach of the Houston Texans. But before landing his first NFL head coaching gig, O’Brien steered Penn State’s football program in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
O’Brien was the first full-time head coach Penn State hired after firing Joe Paterno, and he kept the Nittany Lions competitive in his two seasons despite NCAA sanctions against Penn State that could have crippled the program.
O’Brien, who went 15-9 at Penn State during the 2012 and 2013 seasons at Penn State, said he still follows the program and was “very proud” of the Nittany Lions’ recent success.
“I think all of us who were at Penn State in ’12 and ’13 are very proud of what’s going on at Penn State right now with that football program and where they’re at and looking forward to seeing it continue to build,” O’Brien said at the 2018 NFL Combine.