Bill O’Brien ‘Committed for the Long Term,’ Looking Toward Future at Penn State

Bill O'Brien 'Committed for the Long Term,' Looking Toward Future at Penn StatePenn State got slapped with some harsh penalties on Monday, but Bill O'Brien is still optimistic about the future.

The first-year head coach released a statement in the wake of the NCAA's punishment, which included a $60 million fine and a four-year bowl ban. O'Brien made it clear he's in for the long haul.

O'Brien released the following:

"Today we receive a very harsh penalty from the NCAA and as head coach of the Nittany Lions football program, I will do everything in my power to not only comply, but help guide the University forward to become a national leader in ethics, compliance and operational excellence. I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead. But I am committed for the long term to Penn State and our student athletes.

"I was then and I remain convinced that our student athletes are the best in the country. I could not be more proud to lead this team and these courageous and humble young men into the upcoming 2012 season. Together we are committed to building a better athletic program and university."

Penn State acting athletic director David Joyner also issued a statement in which he noted that the university is making strides toward a culture change.

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