Penn State's O'Brien named Big Ten Coach of the Year
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On the same day he reaffirmed his commitment to Penn State, Bill O'Brien was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in separate votes taken by both the media and the conference coaches.
O'Brien, in his first season as a head coach at any level, held Penn State's program together after the NCAA levied severe sanctions against it. He also led the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record and a 6-2 mark in the Big Ten that Penn State capped last Saturday with a 24-21 overtime win over Wisconsin.
“It's very humbling,” O'Brien said in a statement Tuesday night. “It's an honor for our program. We have a great coaching staff that did a nice job of keeping everything together and teaching our players. And our players did a great job of going out there every week and playing as hard as they could.”
In addition to O'Brien, Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. The Philadelphia native led Penn State in sacks (six) and tackles for losses (10). He also tied for fourth in the Big Ten with three forced fumbles.
Barnes has said he plans to stay at Penn State even though players can transfer without penalty until the start of the 2013 season.
O'Brien also said he will return to Penn State in an interview Tuesday with an Atlanta radio station.
“I plan on being the head football coach at Penn State,” O'Brien told 790 The Zone. “That's my plan, and that's what I intend to do.”
O'Brien established a Penn State record in victories by a first-year head coach. He beat out Ohio State's Urban Meyer for top coaching honors in the Big Ten even though Meyer led the Buckeyes to a perfect 12-0 season.
Scott Brown is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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