O'Brien downplays national coach of the year talk

Updated: October 9, 2012, 4:32 PM ET
Associated Press

He took control at Penn State in the midst of the bleakest days in its history. After four straight wins proved the Nittany Lions program could thrive in the face of scandal, coach Bill O'Brien has thrust himself into contention as an early frontrunner for national coach of the year.

Just don't tell O'Brien.

After a shaky start to his tenure -- a 24-14 loss at home to Ohio -- O'Brien has earned praise for the turnaround and the way he has handled the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. ...

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