Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien has been relatively mum on the idea that some of his players could be looking for greener pastures. But now that seven players have decided to transfer and Lane Kiffin and that Mercedes jet has lured Silas Redd away, O’Brien can no longer hold his peace.
In an interview with the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, O’Brien gave his thoughts on opposing coaches poaching from his squad. And long story short, he doesn’t agree with it all.
On Wednesday, the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia asked O’Brien in a one-on-one interview if he would have poached from Penn State if he had been at another school.
“Hell no!” O’Brien said. “That’s not the right thing to do in my opinion. So I wouldn’t do that.”
“I’m not fighting for my career, I’m fighting for Penn State,” O’Brien said. “For what’s right about this football program and so at the end of the day, like I said, these coaches are playing by the rules. That’s what they’re doing.”
You have to feel for O’Brien because just as he admits, these coaches are playing by the rules. And to be frank, O’Brien is fighting a losing battle. He’s forced to try and convince a kid to stay with a program that won’t even go to a bowl go when the alternative is to go elsewhere and do just that or even more.