Now that Bill O’Brien is officially going to the NFL to coach the Houston Texans, Patriot-News writer David Jones has published some incendiary remarks O’Brien made to him last month. Speaking about the small, extremely vocal group of Paterno loyalists (you may know them as Truthers) that believe everything from the JFK assassination to Area 51 is a conspiracy to tarnish the good name of JoePa, O’Brien said this:
You can print this: You can print that I don’t really give a —- what the ‘Paterno people’ think about what I do with this program. I’ve done everything I can to show respect to Coach Paterno. Everything in my power. So I could really care less about what the Paterno faction of people, or whatever you call them, think about what I do with the program. I’m tired of it.
For any ‘Paterno person’ to have any objection to what I’m doing, it makes me wanna put my fist through this windshield right now.
Just in case the “Paterno people” need another excuse to be mad at Bill O’Brien now, here’s another quote from that interview.
Near the end of the call, when he’d settled down, I asked, “You’re not really leaving, are you?” And he replied, “I’m not leaving.”
Welp, so much for that.
Update: We've updated the headline of the piece to reflect that we actually have no idea what expletive Bill O'Brien used in blasting the "Paterno people," and that our previous assumption ("shit") may well be wrong.