Bill O’Brien Gets $1.3 Million Pay Raise To Stay At Penn State

wearepennstatePenn State head coach Bill O’Brien had 1.3 million reason to turn down overtures from the Eagles and Browns about returning to the NFL next season.

According to David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News, O’Brien, the Big Ten Coach of the Year, a $1.3 million pay raise to remain with the Nittany Lions via a private gift from big donor Terry Pegula.

“I made a commitment to these players at Penn State and that’s what I am going to do,” O’Brien told Jones in an exclusive interview. “I’m a man of my word. I am what I am. Maybe I get fired in six years. But I’m not gonna cut and run after one year, that’s for sure.”

O’Brien confirmed to Jones that his agent, Joe Linta, fielded and listened to offers from multiple clubs. A Philadelphia Eagles spokesman said O’Brien met with the club on Thursday, though he was not aware of the location of the meeting. O’Brien also met with the Cleveland Browns earlier this week, according to a report by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

With Pegula’s gift O’Brien will now make $3.6 million a year, making him the third-highest paid coach in the Big Ten behind only Ohio State’s Urban Meyer ($4.3 million) and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz ($3.8 million).

In fact, O’Brien’s $3.6 million salary would rank seventh nationally, according to data compiled by USA Today in November.

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