Penn State's O'Brien wins Bear Bryant Award

Updated: January 17, 2013, 11:18 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said he didn't think he stood a chance of winning Thursday night.

Then again, that's what many said about his first season at the helm of a program in tatters.

O'Brien won the 2012 Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year Award on Thursday night, beating out five other finalists.

O'Brien led the Nittany Lions through an 0-2 start and NCAA sanctions to an 8-4 finish in his first season at Penn State.

"It means so much to the ...

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