Penn State amends contract for Head Football Coach Bill O'Brien

June 20, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Director of Athletics Dave Joyner announced today (June 20) that certain terms have been amended in the contract for head football coach Bill O'Brien. Coach O'Brien's contract is posted at

“Dave and I had talked about revising Coach O'Brien's contract at the end of the season, and these discussions moved forward with my blessing and involvement,” said Penn State President Rodney Erickson.

“In the face of great adversity, Bill did a tremendous job with all facets of the Penn State football program,” Joyner said. “This rightly recognizes Bill’s outstanding achievements in guiding our student-athletes on and off the field.”

O’Brien was selected the 2012 Bear Bryant, Maxwell Football Club and ESPN Coach of the Year after leading the Nittany Lions to wins in eight of their final 10 games. In his first season as a head coach and 20th year of coaching, O’Brien also was selected the 2012 Big Ten-Dave McClain Coach of the Year after guiding Penn State to an 8-4 record (6-2 Big Ten) amidst significant challenges.

The Nittany Lions’ 15th head coach all-time, O’Brien’s eight wins were the most by a first-year Penn State coach in the 126 years of the program.

Penn State returns 16 starters and 38 letterwinners for the 2013 season, which begins Aug. 31 vs. Syracuse in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit or call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Last Updated June 21, 2013