After trying season, Penn State optimistic going into offseason

Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

The Nittany Lions had a solid season with Bill O'Brien at the helm in 2012, giving hope for a bright future, writes Genaro Armas at CSN Philly.

Indeed, there is no bowl game to rally around this season. No sunny destination dancing around in the Nittany Lions' heads. No fun-filled reward for all of their hard work in this season of recovery at Penn State.

But there is hope. There is optimism. And there is Year 2 of the Coach Bill O'Brien era to sculpt.

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