Bill O'Brien coached Penn State to a 24-14 loss in his first game as the Nittany Lions' head coach, an outstanding debut as nothing occurred that ruined any lives or made people question their faith in humanity.
"I would have liked to see us execute better in the second half," said O'Brien after Penn State fell to Ohio University. "However, in the grand scheme of things, I didn't play any role in allowing horrific crimes to occur today, nor did anyone in the athletic department — at least not to my knowledge. So, yeah, it was a good day."
Most Penn State fans felt the same way as their new coach.
"I'm overjoyed! What a game!" said Jason Scanelli, a 2008 grad. "I can't tell you how long I've waited to look at the bottom of my screen and see a Penn State score, win or loss, and not a breaking news scroll that made me nauseous. I'll take constant losing as long as none of that other stuff ever happens again."
O'Brien says he will watch a lot of tape this week looking for ways Penn State can improve on the field.
"But first we have a celebration parade to go to," he said. "For one day we were just a football team — a bad team, sure — but a football team. It was nice for once not to be a symbol of all that is wrong with the world. That's really all anyone can ask of us right now."