Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien will return to Penn State next season, reportedly because no one was willing to fork over the big bucks to buy him out of his current contract.
A league source is saying that while NFL teams were definitely interested in him, the buyout was a bit too rich for them.
O'Brien's take is that he wanted to stay at Penn State, not anything about the buyout issue.
"I'm not a one-and-done guy," O'Brien told David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News. "I made a commitment to these players at Penn State and that's what I am going to do.
"I'm a man of my word. I am what I am. Maybe I get fired in six years. But I'm not gonna cut and run after one year, that's for sure."
O'Brien did interview with the Browns, so we're not sure about his story, although he did manage to squeeze his beloved school for a pay raise.
Jones cites PSU sources that have told him that a $1.3 million donation is to be added to O'Brien's salary in the coming year that will bump his total compensation to $3.6 million and place him behind only Ohio State's Urban Meyer ($4.3M) and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz ($3.8M) as the third-highest-paid coach in the Big Ten.
If all this flirtation with the NFL was just an elaborate ruse for O'Brien and his agent Joe Linta to get more money, then good job.