Former Penn State Player Says Bill O’Brien Is ‘Clueless,’ Knows Nothing About ‘Tangible Standard’ at University

by NESN Staff

January 6, 2012

Some people are happy that Penn State finally found a new head coach.

Others, such as former Nittany Lions star linebacker Brandon Short, aren't. Short sure made that clear with his comments regarding the team reportedly hiring Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, according to USA Today.

"There is a tangible standard at Penn State that this poor [O'Brien] guy knows nothing about,'' Short said. "I feel badly for him [because] he is clueless and will not have the support of the majority of the Lettermen. This is a hornet's nest [for him].

"By not hiring [defensive coordinator Tom] Bradley or a Penn Stater what they have effectively done is turn their backs on 100 years of tradition,'' Short added. "Penn State never has been about winning football games. They didn't recruit the best players — they recruited the best people. If you go to Penn State, you have a better chance of graduating.''

According to a report in Sporting News two months ago, Penn State football had an 87 percent graduation rate.

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