Before you go download the demo for NCAA Football 14, be sure to get caught up on some Penn State news and some info from around the Big Ten and beyond. Or go download now, read this, and then go play the demo (let us know what you think about the demo as well).
Safe to say Bill O'Brien has earned his pay in his first year on the job at Penn State. Now, as StateCollege.com makes note, O'Brien is due for a much-deserved raise. According to the terms of his contract, as relayed by Mike Poorman's story, O'Brien is set to see his contracted pay increase by five percent starting July 1. This is nothing new, as we had already known about O'Brien's contract terms since the day he was hired, but Poorman does bring up a good point. These contract terms could very well change at any time, if the coach and university happen to agree to new contract terms. It might be worth considering as O'Brien will remain a hot commodity in the coaching rumor mills in the next offseason if he continues to produce in the face of NCAA sanctions.
O'Brien has said he looks forward to coaching at Penn State and has done a marvelous job in moving the program forward in many respects, still whether or not he remains at Penn State through the end of his extended contract (as a result of NCAA sanctions) remains in doubt to many (myself included).
In other news, and perhaps without much of a shock factor, a number of former Penn State football players and coaches -- 325 to be slightly more precise -- are in support of the lawsuit filed by the Paterno family recently, which attempts to overturn the sanctions levied by the NCAA. The NCAA has already won a victory in the courts, with a lawsuit seeking similar overtures being thrown out by a federal judge.