Nov 16, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien leads his team on the field prior to the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Purdue 45-21. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State player on Bill O'Brien: 'He gave us his word. We stuck around for him'

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach, Bill O’Brien has had his name mentioned for the past two years with vacant and potentially vacant NFL head coaching jobs after the success he’s had in Happy Valley. Any time a coach is successful the whispers and the rumors will circulate, but at least one Nittany Lion doesn’t think he’s leaving any time soon.

Senior safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong tells Emily Kaplan of most of the players believe he’ll remain in Happy Valley, “He came in with a difficult situation and stuck with it,” Obeng-Agyapong says. “He gave us his word. And we stuck around for him.”

O’Brien recently had his buyout lowered from nearly #20 million to 6.48 million suggesting a move to the NFL could be on the horizon despite being under contract through 2016, at least something for O’Brien and his family to ponder.

The Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings are two teams who have inquired into the 44-year old O’Brien who has a knack for developing quarterbacks dating back to his time in the NFL with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Both the Texans and Vikings have serious questions at the game’s most important position.

O’Brien is 15-9 in his two seasons at Happy Valley and was the 2012 Big Ten Coach of the Year and has one of college football’s brightest stars in quarterback Christian Hackenberg coming off a Freshman All-American season.

A move to the NFL may or may not happen this offseason, but one thing is certain, the rumors will not stop. It’s the nature of the beast when you’re so successful.

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