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Word came through late last night that Penn State was going outside of the family to find Joe Paterno’s permanent replacement as head coach of the embattled football program. The clean up job will go to New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.
Former star linebacker LaVar Arrington told Blue White Illustrated he’s mad with the school’s hire.
He would have preferred they kept interim head coach and former defensive coordinator Tom Bradley at the helm.
“I will put my Butkus (Award) in storage. I will put my Alamo Bowl MVP trophy in storage,” Arrington said. “Jerseys, anything Penn State, in storage. Wherever Tom Bradley goes, that’s the school I will start to put memorabilia up in my home. I’m done. I’m done with Penn State. If they’re done with us, I’m done with them.”
Arrington also took to Twitter to express his frustration.
His former Nittany Lions teammate and fellow linebacker Brandon Short also spoke to Blue White Illustrated.
“Penn State is a family and it is real and if they choose to get rid of Bradley and not hire a Penn State coach, then they’ve turned their backs on our entire family.”
O’Brien becomes only the second head coach at Penn State since 1966. For a school with such a rich history, many expected the new head coach to be someone who had ties to the program, i.e. Greg Schiano of Rutgers. But with all the turmoil it was going to be hard for Penn State to find anyone who’d be willing to take the job.
Add disgruntled football alums as yet another hurdle for O’Brien as he starts his new job.
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