After completing his first season at Penn State with a record of 8-4 despite an 0-2 start to the 2012 season, Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien received plenty of interest from the NFL where he used to be a coordinator. O'Brien ultimately decided to reject the NFL head coaching offers to stay with the Nittany Lions.
Our Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries said about the situation with their team's head coach:
A year and a brief flirtation with the NFL later, and Penn State is solidly behind their head ball coach. He has said all of the right things, done most of the right things, and carried himself like a true Penn State man.
Will he be here for 40 years? No, and how long he will be here will always be questioned, especially when NFL teams come calling. But the first year was going to be the hardest, and Bill O'Brien made it a little easier for Penn State.
It has been a full 365 days since O'Brien was announced as the head coach at Penn State. Since then, O'Brien has been selected as the AT&T ESPN Coach of the Year and the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the job he did in his first year with the program and also in his first year as a head coach. Nobody knows how long O'Brien will stay at Penn State, but he did get off to a good start, all things considered.