PSU’s O’Brien Says Main Goal Is To Keep Team Together


CBS Cleveland

STATE COLLEGE (AP) – Of the long list of problems now facing Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, the top priority sounds simple: keeping the Nittany Lions intact.

So he’s stressing education and the opportunity to play in front of 108,000 fans every fall Saturday as part of his pitch to persuade players to stay in Happy Valley.

It seems to be working — so far.

O’Brien said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday that no current member of the team has indicated they will transfer following the NCAA sanctions imposed this week on Penn State. The penalties allow current players to transfer immediately without restrictions.

“Life is full of adversity. The way you travel through life is how you handle adversity,” O’Brien said in relaying what he told players during team meetings the last two days. “I told the guys to think about the guys they’re sitting next to…

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