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November 14, 2012

O'Brien focuses Penn State on Indiana

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Carter has turned into an athletic, dangerous receiving threat between the hashes. The emergence of Carter and Robinson from relative obscurity, and O’Brien’s near-flawless handling of the program in light of the sanctions, are among the reasons why O’Brien’s name has been floated out on the NFL rumor mill as a potential coaching candidate.

O’Brien is in his first year as a head coach after spending five seasons as an coach for the New England Patriots, where he was offensive coordinator. Asked twice yesterday about the NFL rumors, O’Brien insisted his focus was solely on preparing for the Hoosiers.

O’Brien’s deal was extended in the offseason to cover the length of the NCAA sanctions, and he’s now signed through 2020. However good a job he’s done steering the program and his players through tricky times, O’Brien even seemed to acknowledge that his won-loss record may not seem too attractive to potential suitors.

“We’re 6-4,” he noted to a reporter. “I’m flattered that you would ask me that question.”

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