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O'Brien speaks out

February 20. 2013 1:06AM
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STATE COLLEGE -- Going into detail for the first time for about his hectic start to the offseason, Bill O'Brien firmly denied Monday that he received a raise following his recent NFL courtship.

Saying that he has never -- at any point during his coaching career -- asked for a raise, O'Brien adamantly denied that his salary was increased as a result of staying at Penn State.

O'Brien reportedly interviewed for the head coaching job with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles last week before announcing he would stick with the Nittany Lions on Thursday night.

The Patriot-News in Harrisburg reported that O'Brien would receive a $1.3 million raise stemming from a gift from a donor as a result of his decision.

If I was about money, more than likely I wouldn't be sitting here right now, O'Brien said. It's not about money.

O'Brien said repeatedly that he has great respect for the NFL and talked with teams in the best interest in his family.

But he said he has no plans to leave Penn State just now.

I plan to be the head football coach here, O'Brien said. I love living here. I love coaching here. ... I can't be more clear about this.

Check back to and see Tuesday's edition of The Times Leader for more updates from O'Brien's press conference.

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