The former NFL assistant coach took over the Penn State job in 2012 following the Jerry Sandusky scandal. He took over for legendary head coach Joe Paterno and coached the team to a 8-4 record in his first season. In his first year as a head coach at any level, O'Brien was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year and was named the national coach of the year by ESPN, as well as earning the Paul Bryant College Coach of the Year award.
O’Brien struggled with the decision last year and ultimately felt he owed it to his players to stay at Happy Valley for a second season, but relations between him and the school frayed some when the school was subjected to more post-Sandusky sanctions than expected, and he also has had three staff members depart recently. His buyout is less financially restrictive than in past years, and, furthermore, there could be litigation over his buyout as well, if the situation escalates, given the penalties the program faced.
This is by far the best Texans news that I have heard all day. God I hope he is our next coach, we sure could use him. Wade just isn't the right guy for the job. Now if only we could get that Hackenberg kid to come with him....then we would be set for the near future.
Penn State upsets Michigan 2013 (Highlights) (via MattBuckeyeGuy)