On Friday night in Atlantic City, Bill O’Brien was joined by the rest of his coaching staff, and the senior class of 2012, at the Maxwell Football Club’s annual awards dinner. O’Brien was to be honored as the club’s Coach of the Year recipient, while the senior class was officially recognized as the Brookshire Spirit Award winners. The event marked the first time O’Brien had spoken to the media since signing day, while Michael Mauti spoke on behalf of the seniors. Here are some notes from a great event:
- Mauti addressed the event on behalf of his fellow seniors, echoing many of the same sentiments expressed throughout the season, saying they were playing for something more than a championship, and to be honored wit this award meant more to them than any championship trophy. He specifically thanked the underclassmen and coaches as well. . The highlight of his remarks came when he told the crowd that all 31 seniors on the roster had graduated, or will graduated, saying “that is the culture we have at Penn State”. Video of Mauti’s remarks can be seen below.
- When O’Brien met with the media he again expressed his desire for a future game to take place in Ireland. The only two roadblocks appear to be the uncertainty in the Big 10 schedule, and then finding a willing opponent. The Big 10 will decide between 9 and 10 games for future conference schedules later this year. Once that decision is made, expect PSU to begin seeking out a dance partner.
- ESPN Analyst, and Maxwell Club President Ron Jaworski addressed the Joseph V. Paterno Award that the club established 2010, but discontinued after only one honoree (Frank Beamer) in the wake of, well, “it”. Jaworski told Mark Wogenrich of The Morning Call that he hopes the club will be able to honor Paterno again, saying “”In my heart, there’s no way I think Joe Paterno knew what was going on. Just speaking from my heart, that’s how I feel. I wish his name could be cleared of any involvement whatsoever, so we could continue to pay homage to Joe and what he meant to Penn State and college football as a whole.”
- Jaws also shared his thoughts on O’Brien: “I’ve known about Bill for a long time. I know what type of person he is. I knew when he got the job at Penn State, he was the right guy. I know he can coach, I know he can teach, but his core values are so important. That’s what was needed at Penn State, a guy who was able to look down the gun barrel because it was going to be tough.”
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