PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



O’Brien Discusses His Promise to Joe Paterno

Bill O’Brien has been keeping busy on the second Coaches Caravan, a dinner and meet-and-greet tour on which O’Brien and other Penn State athletic coaches get a chance to interact with fans and alumni. There was a video released by Fight On State following a recent stop on Penn State’s DuBois campus of O’Brien’s speech, the second-to-last destination on this spring’s Coaches Caravan.

One thing of note in the video — aside from the impeccable impression of his mom — is a titbit that O’Brien offered regarding a conversation that he had with the late Joe Paterno soon before he passed away, after O’Brien had already accepted the position as Penn State’s next head coach.

“Can you just promise me that you’ll continue the tradition of tough Penn State football with fantastic academics — guys that graduate and guys that go to class?” O’Brien says that Paterno asked him. “And I promised him I would do that on a daily basis. We’ve got that type of team.”

Skip ahead to 6:06 in the below video for O’Brien’s comments:

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.


Other posts by Zach

Penn Stater Named To Olympic Committee’s Centre for Safe Sport’s Inaugural Board

The Center for Safe Sport was recently created to tackle the issue of protecting America’s athletes. Penn State will be represented on the inaugural board by chief ethics and compliance officer Regis Becker.

A Valentine’s Day Trio Of Penn State Love Stories

Penn State To Celebrate 161st Birthday Next Week

[Live Blog] Penn State THON 2019: Day Three

Be sure to follow @THONwardState, @OnwardState, and our Facebook Page for up-to-the-second coverage of everything going on inside the Bryce Jordan Center all weekend long.

Men’s Gymnastics Completes Historic Three-Peat At THON 2019 Pep Rally

The first-ever White Out crowd for a Pep Rally witnessed the gymnasts destroy the football team in the final round of the competition.

Send this to a friend