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Penn State Scandal: Head Coach Bill O'Brien Reacts To NCAA Penalties

In the wake of the NCAA's penalties against Penn State University, Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien has 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.

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