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Penn State coach O’Brien gets $1 million raise
O'Brien said in January that he while he spoke with clubs, no job was ever offered. Since then, O'Brien has switched agents from Joe Linta to Neil Cornrich. The Associated Press left a message Thursday with Cornrich’s office.
The amended contract specifies a buyout clause if O'Brien bolts for the NFL, worth his current year’s base salary times the number of years left on his contract. It’s less than the buyout clause for other reasons, which includes the radio/TV and Nike deal compensation into the equation.
Also, O'Brien could get an annual bonus of up to $200,000 based on the team’s performance. His initial contract allowed for such a bonus based mainly on the Nittany Lions’ postseason success_ a meaningless clause given the Big Ten championship game and bowl bans.
O'Brien replaced Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno, who was fired in November 2011 in the aftermath of Sandusky’s arrest on child sex abuse charges. Paterno died about two weeks after O'Brien was hired in January 2012.
In the latter part of his 46-year career, Paterno was dogged by inquiries about retirement, though leaving for the NFL wasn’t really an option. Last year, Penn State valued Paterno’s compensation at just more than $1 million _ a comparative bargain for a coach with two national championships on his resume. Alabama’s Nick Saban, for instance, makes more than $5 million a year.
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