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  •  O'Brien isn't exactly a no-name. (2+ / 0-)
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    Buckeye Nut Schell, ColoTim

    He was the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, which is a pretty impressive pedigree in the college ranks. If his ambition is in fact to become a beloved coach of an esteemed college program (rather than just a stepping stone to a pro job), then he could be in just the right position for the long term. Demonstrate loyalty, build a program that exceeds diminished expectations, and the odds are good that the alumni and student body will be very, very appreciative of his work.

    •  As I said above, if he succeeds against the odds, (0+ / 0-)

      he'll be given a large window of opportunity as nobody will expect much.  If he fails, or if he's not showing he knows how to be a head coach at a top-notch program (even though PSU will be down for a few years) he will be gone and someone with a proven track record at a major college will be brought in.  As someone above said, it would likely be someone on the level of Meyer or Saben (who have won national championships) to succeed with this rebuilding.  Just 5-6 wins won't satisfy the alumni, especially the ones with deep pockets who worshiped Joe Paterno and don't think he did anything wrong, especially getting fired, breaking his heart.

      My personal guess?  Steve Spurrier, since I don't think South Carolina is ever going to get over the hump in the SEC to beat the Bama's, LSU's, etc on a yearly basis.  If he's in the Big10, he might be able to do well, but he'd now be facing Urban Meyer again, as well as a few other top schools.

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