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Penn State Press Conference Introduces Bill O'Brien

New Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien was introduced during a press conference on Saturday morning, declaring his excitement to begin as Penn State's head coach.

"I'm really thrilled to be the head football coach at Penn State," said O'Brien, who added that he and the football program will not take for granted responsibilities to the University, alums, NCAA, fans, players and recruits.

O'Brien noted that Larry Johnson will remain on Penn State's staff, a move that should pay dividends in helping to maintain recruits, and said he would speak individually with the rest of Penn State's staff in the near future. He will also meet with the players for the first time on Sunday.

The new Nittany Lions head coach will remain with the New England Patriots throughout the playoffs, and thanked the Patriots organization for everything they've done.

O'Brien did not hide from Penn State's past, embracing the history and saying he is excited to meet coach Joe Paterno. He added that his job is to turn Penn State into the best football team he can, both on and off the field.

"We have found that person that has Penn State integrity and Penn State ideals," said athletic director Dave Joyner.

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