OK, it is becoming obvious that sanctions, and the lack of experienced manpower, is starting to snowball, and causing increased grief for the PSU football program.
Knee-jerk reactions calling for Defensive Coordinator Butler, who is a rookie in his own right, to be fired because of the pitiful performance of the defense in the last several games, is a predictable mob-mentality solution to the problem. I believe that the opposite is true, and wonder about the wisdom of coach O'Brien's decision to take on the job of offensive coordinator as well as the head coaching job. I think this could be the biggest problem that this team has.
The most important skill of any CEO is to attract the best and the brightest support staff, and then make sure that nothing gets in their way of having success. The head coach of PSU definitely falls into this CEO category. In my opinion, no man can do a top level job as head coach, and also operate at a top level as the offensive coordinator. If one man tries to do both jobs, both functions suffer. It does not matter if the OC is not as good as BO'B is at being OC. BO'B is being paid to be head coach, and, in my opinion, he should not be also trying to be the OC.
A simple example of this argument last weekend was the 20 minutes that the offense sat on the sidelines in the first half. During that period of time, an offensive coordinator might have been talking to the team, making changes appropriate to the situation, considering the second half, etc, etc.
I am not trying to be critical, I just believe that it would be in coach O'Brien's best interest to try to hire the best offensive coordinator available, so that both the head coach and offensive coordinators could put the time and effort into both jobs.
The sanctions do not prevent PSU from having a properly-manned coaching staff, so where's my frigging pipe?
Joe from Boalsburg