July 24, 2012 at 1:28 PM
Bill O'Brien answered several questions about the Penn State football program and its NCAA's sanctions Tuesday morning on The Dan Patrick Show.
O'Brien said that he and his staff aren't going anywhere.
"Theres no other group of men I'd rather be in a fox hole with," he said.
Now the coaches will try to persuade the players to join them, which will be no easy task. The NCAA will allow all current Penn State football players to transfer to another program immediately without penalty.
USC is rumored to be showing interest in running back Silas Redd. O'Brien said he has had some conversations with individual players, but none that he would get into.
"They're talking to their families right now," O'Brien said. "What I've reiterated to these kids over and over again is why they're here. They're here to get a fantastic education, that hasn't changed, they're here to play tough football that hasn't changed..... We're on TV, we've got the chance to play six, seven bowl games per year in front of 108,000 people at home."
As for the future, it's the same thing.
"I feel really good about where we are right now as a football team," O'Brien said. "We have plans in place as to how we're going to deal with things and we feel very positive about the direction of where we are right now."
O'Brien will try to put bowl games into perspective of a program that can make players NFL-ready.
"You're not going to go to a bowl game, you're not going to be eligible for a Big Ten championship, we understand that," O'Brien said. 'Let's think forward, OK? This staff will develop you to be able to play at the next level. We know what it takes to play at the next level."
As for his own status, he was asked to put a percentage that he would stay in State College for five years.
"I'm committed to this football team and I'll tell you this: I feel very proud to be associated with this university," O'Brien said. "I'm proud to be leading this football team and I'm proud to be coaching these young men. These guys are fantastic kids.
"I'm not a mathematician. I can't even get into percentages."