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Penn State AD expects O'Brien to stay for 'a long time'

Penn State athletic director David Joyner listens to a question as he is interviewed by the Associated Press on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Oxford, Conn.

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By The Associated Press
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 5:21 p.m.

Penn State athletic director David Joyner said he expects Bill O'Brien to be the Nittany Lions' football coach for “a long time.”

Joyner said he and O'Brien speak several times a week, and when they do, they talk “in terms of years and years. We make plans for years and years.”

O'Brien led the Nittany Lions to eight wins last season, his first with the school. Penn State was in the first season of a four-year postseason ban, part of severe NCAA sanctions related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

O'Brien, a former NFL assistant, was courted by NFL teams after the season but chose to stay put.

Joyner said of O'Brien: “I think we're going to have this guy for a long time.”

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