I have followed from a distance a lot of the wonderful thought provoking posts and comments from the BSD community for well over a year. I have found some solace in similiar opinions held and espoused by many of its members. I have decided to post a message to the community as a whole and hope that you may read it with an open mind.
I understand the inititial response of concern and dismay being expressed by members of this blog and other sites dedicated to the following of PSU football with regards to the recent announcement of Bill O'Brien accepting the position as head football coach. Under the current circumstances: the ongoing media character assassination of dear old State, the sad excuse for leadership from the BoT, and the appalling firing of one Joseph Vincent Paterno (my son's intials are JVP you can connect the dots) it is easy to see why so many alums, letterman, fans and outsiders feel the way they do. However, it seems to me that a growing number of the responses on this blog and others are being driven by emotion and only emotion. I hope that I am wrong.
Bill O'Brien might as well not even come to State College tomorrow. He apparently has already failed because he was Bill Belichick's assistant. We all know that no one can win without the sleeveless one and Tom terrific! He has no connections to our Penn State family. I guess there is no way for a man like that to ever be able to grow to love Penn State and eventually protect it. He isn't motivated enough for our program since his agent mind you stated that his dream job lies with the NFL. I see a man motivated to continue to climb the endless coaching ladder to better himself and others around him. that is what I see. Oh, and I forgot he has never been a head coach. Great let us all just pack up the tailgates and go on home to Scranton, Erie, Chester or Allentown forever.
Unfortunately, perception is reality and the national perception of our current coaching staff is guilty by association. Therefore, it is evident that Coach Bradley (I will still support Scrap no matter where he ends up) had no shot removing the interim tag from his name. Regardless of what you think, the decision was made to move forward with a clean slate. Right or wrong this is the decision. We may never find out which coaches were and were not interested in the job. Ignore all of the useless banter over the iternet, all just wild speculation. Misinformation, disinformation and outright lies are the tools of the agents whom govern those leaks which we anxiously awaited for weeks.
Like it or not, the Bill O'Brien train is coming and will be our next head coach. I will reserve my opinion for now and support this man until he gives me reasons not to. I want to hear what he has to say tomorrow. I want to hear the passion in his voice, the passion that it wll take to lead our program forward. I will await his decisions: will he recruit student athletes or just athletes, will he embrace the grand experiment and help continue to mold men from boys and who he chooses to assist him in this great endeavor. I firmly believe that actions are mighty then words and Coach O'Brien has yet to be afforded the opportunity for action. Let us, alumni and letterman fans and observers give him that chance!
I implore all of you whom have decided to withdrawal your emotional and financial support of our football program and worse yet the university to step back and take a deep breath. The sun will rise tomorrow from the east and set in the west I promise. We will be just fine if we stick together. This is not the time for self-serving interests. Our new coach needs our support, our student athletes need our support. Please don't make a decision based on conjecture and emotion. Give O'Brien a chance until he proves he is not worthy of our support!