Bill O'Brien explains the foundation of the Penn State program

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday April 10, 2012


Posted by: Pete Roussel on April 9, 2012

Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien spoke with reporters today at the AP Sports Editors conference.

O'Brien's opening talk could be confused for an interview in front of a search committee.  O'Brien was very professional as he discussed the foundation for the program and how he would like the work with the media.  He also mentioned things he's bringing from the New England Patriots.

Here are the interesting parts of the transcript:

The foundation will always be built on academics, football, respect, and integrity.

When we talk about football, we always talk about teamwork.  Teamwork will be always something that we insist our players understand.  We play as one unit, we play as one team.  No player will ever be bigger than the team.  No coach will ever be bigger than the team.  The team is what will lead us to victory.

Respect.  We talk about respect for each other in the locker room.  We talk about respect among the coaching staff.  We talk about respect to our players as it relates to our coaching staff.  And then we talk about respect in the community, how we carry ourselves in the community, what we do in the community to reach out to people and different charity organizations.

Integrity.  That we understand the ideals of Penn State, that it is a great institution where you can get a great degree and that we as players and coaches have to understand the mission of the university.  And the mission of the university is that the athletic department is a part of the university, and the football program, albeit a very big part of the athletic program, is a part of the athletic program, which again is a part of the overall university.

We talk about making sure honesty is the best policy.

We always want them to understand individually that they should always put the team first.

What I've tried to do is open up our program to let the media come in, so that the outside world can see the type of players we have here, which our great kids, how hard they work, our facilities, our coaching staff.  Again, allow the media to come in and do the best I can to meet you halfway on a positive relationship as we go forward here.  What you'll find from me is what you see is what you get. Hopefully, our relationship will stay that way and be open and honest.

You can watch the entire talk, right here.

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