O'Brien Has Five-Year Contract, $2.3 Million Arrangement; More Updates from Penn State Presser
2:20 p.m.: We've added a number of updated, related items, including videos, photos and some headlines from across the web. Links are available via this subject page. --AS
1:30 p.m.: With additional income from Nike and radio and TV incentives, it appears that O'Brien will be making a total of about $2.3 million a year, per Nate Mink. --AS
12:16 p.m.: O'Brien's contract at Penn State is a five-year arrangement, Nate Mink is reporting. He'll be paid a $950,000 salary annually and receive five-percent annual raises. Performance incentives are not to exceed $200,000 for each year. --AS
12:08 p.m.: The press conference has now concluded, called to a close by university staff. Erickson and others will be available now for one-on-one media interviews, according to an announcement.
StateCollege.com will have additional coverage Saturday. --AS
12:07 p.m.: Asked by Nate Mink if he's going to look outside Penn State to hire a coaching staff, O'Brien said this:
"I'm going to put together the best possible staff for Penn State. What I'm going to do over the next couple days here is, I'm going to meet with the current staff members. I've got to do that. Those guys have worked their butts off for Penn State."
After that, O'Brien said, the assembly of the new coaching staff will move fairly quickly. --AS
12 p.m.: "I believe in myself and I believe in Penn State," O'Brien said, responding to a question about why, in the midst of so much furor, he would take the job. " ... What is not to sell about Penn State?"
David Joyner, the acting athletic director, acknowledged that "people have said we've been secretive" in the coach-search process.
"But that's not meant to be disrespectful to you (the news media) at all," Joyner said. Rather, he went on, the confidentiality was implemented "out of respect for the process, the people that interviewed." Joyner said the process was handled much as it would have been for an academic-dean or department-head position.
He wanted to respect applicants' right to privacy, Joyner said. --AS
11:50 a.m.: O'Brien said he looks forward to working with Larry Johnson and will assemble his Penn State coaching staff over the next several days. --AS
11:45 a.m.: O'Brien has taken the podium. "There is so much pride in Penn State, and we will never, ever take that for granted -- ever," he has said among his opening remarks.
He will carry the message to recruits that the standard for Penn State football remains high, he said.
"We will work extremely hard to be a good situational football team," O'Brien said. He said the team will continue strong defensive traditions and work on offensive strengths, too.
As for former Coach Joe Paterno, he said this: "There will never been enough words to say what he did for this program ... ." O'Brien can't wait to meet Paterno, "and I look forward to do that" as soon as possible, he said. --AS
UPDATE @ 11:37 a.m.: The press conference has begun. University President Rodney Erickson has shared some remarks. He called O'Brien "a person of great integrity and leadership" who will "lead the Nittany Lions and our fans to many more winning seasons."
Erickson also lauded O'Brien's record of success on the field and said O'Brien is committed to building character in student-athletes. O'Brien understands the Penn State commitment to academic excellence, Erickson said.
"We are confident that he will serve as an inspiring leader to our young men" and maintain high standards for graduation rates and players' post-college success, Erickson said. --Adam Smeltz
Earlier report, posted @ 11:30 a.m.:
Bill O'Brien, Penn State's new head football coach, will be introduced formally Saturday in an 11:30 a.m. press conference at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Links to earlier coverage are posted below.