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Bill O’Brien Set for One-on-One with HBO

Story by: Ben Jones

Bill O’Brien won’t be able to avoid the spotlight for long as his latest media adventure will find him in front of the camera for the HBO Series “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

The episode is slated for Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 p.m. with several replays showing in the future. According to the release found on HBO’s website, the story will focus on O’Brien’s first year at the helm as well as his son Jack who suffers from a unique and debilitating brain disorder.

The full synopsis can be read below.

“After nearly 20 years in college and pro football, Bill O’Brien finally attained the head coaching job he coveted. Prior to the 2012 season, the 43-year-old Brown alum took over a Penn State University program devastated by the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Then the NCAA hit the university with a $60 million fine, scholarship reductions and a four-year bowl ban for lack of institutional control.”

“After an 0-2 start amidst these unprecedented sanctions, O’Brien rallied his team to win eight of the next ten games, exceeding all expectations. He learned resilience in the face of adversity from his ten-year-old son, Jack, who suffers from a debilitating brain disorder and fights to survive every day of his life. Andrea Kremer goes one-on-one with the 2012 National Coach of the Year and learns how his son’s condition helped prepare him for the challenges he’s encountered in turning around a program shattered by scandal.”

HBO’s website can be viewed here for more information about other segments on the episode as well as replay times.

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