Unbeknownst to pretty much anyone, the Eagles did in fact hold an interview with Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien today. However, this evening he announced that he would be staying at Happy Valley.
"I'm not a one-and-done guy," said O'Brien. "I made a commitment to these players at Penn State and that's what I am going to do. I'm not gonna cut and run after one year, that's for sure."
O'Brien's decision likely was mostly due to the fact that no one was going to pay his $18 million buyout and that Penn State sugar daddy Terry Pegula handed him an extra $1.3 million to stick around another year. But certainly Penn Staters will enjoy the ra-ra go team sentiment.
I've said from the first whisper that I don't understand the interest in O'Brien and I don't see how he's got the resume or track record to take the step up to NFL head coach. Plus, like everyone, I'd certainly like to see him stick around to help get the Penn State program on track. In 2 or 3 years I think he could be a much more attractive candidate than he is now.
So really, good news for all. Our pals over at Black Shoe Diaries are certainly happy.
The big takeaway from me for this story is that the Eagles are having interviews with big name guys (and whether he's qualified to be an NFL coach yet or not, he's a famous name now) and keeping it completely quiet.