Penn State Nittany Lions head football coach Bill O’Brien is getting nearly a $1 million raise for his performance.
The Associated Press via Fox Sports says this is due to O’Brian doing a “tremendous job.” His contract at the time of his arrival in January 2012 called for a base salary of $950,000. This will be raised to $1.9 million beginning on July 1, according to the university.
The actual deal is reportedly worth $3.2 million, including compensation for radio and television work plus a Nike contract. Broadcast and public appearances earn him $ 1 million while the Nike deal is valued at $350,000. Bloomberg’s Curtis Eichelberger adds O’Brien is eligible for an additional $200,000 in bonuses.
O’Brien guided Penn State to an 8-4 record after the program was hit by landmark NCAA sanctions for the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal and player defections weeks before the start of the 2012 NCAA season.
Athletic director Dave Joyner praised O’Brien for doing a tremendous job in the face of adversity.
“In the face of great adversity, Bill did a tremendous job with all facets of the Penn State football program.”
Almost six months ago, O’Brien was reported by Jonathan Tannenwald of Phillly.com to have received a $1.3 million raise for turning down offers from NFL teams such as the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns to remain at Penn State. Back then, the head coach reiterated his commitment to the university.
“I made a commitment to these players at Penn State and that’s what I’m going to do. I’m a man of my word. I am what I am. Maybe I get fired in six years. But I’m not gonna cut and run after one year, that’s for sure.”
However, O’Brien denied receiving any raise in January as evidenced by this video.
In his first season, O’Brien was selected the 2012 Big Ten Coach of the Year and was named the Bear Bryant, Maxwell Football Club and ESPN Coach of the Year nationally. The 8-4 record from last season represented the biggest win total by a first-year Penn State head coach in 126 years, per Eichelberger.