In the wake of the NCAA's penalties against Penn State University, Nittany Lions head coachhas made his feelings known.
On Monday morning, O'Brien released a statement that reads:
"Today we receive a very harsh penalty from the NCAA and as Head Coach of the Nittany Lions football program, I will do everything in my power to not only comply, but help guide the University forward to become a national leader in ethics, compliance and operational excellence. I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead. But I am committed for the long term to Penn State and our student athletes.
"I was then and I remain convinced that our student athletes are the best in the country. I could not be more proud to lead this team and these courageous and humble young men into the upcoming 2012 season. Together we are committed to building a better athletic program and university."
O'Brien certainly has his work cut out for him in the coming years, something that had to be expected after the fallout of such a terrible scandal. Now, O'Brien is left to pick up the pieces and try to make it work in Happy Valley.