Archive: June, 2013
Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien has agreed to the amending of certain terms in his contract that provide him with a major salary bump for the upcoming second year of the deal, plus new terms for incentive bonuses and buyout provisions, the university announced Thursday.
The changes include a boost in salary for the contract year beginning July 1 to $1,932,779, an increase of more than double his first-year base pay of $950,000. The university will pay him $935,279 of that figure in one lump-sum payment within three days after “the execution and delivery of this contract,” the contract said.
O’Brien’s base pay will be $1,137,096 in the year that begins July 1, 2014, and $1,650,994 in the year commencing on July 1, 2015. A five percent hike for July 1, 2016 would boost his base to $1,733,544. O’Brien signed a five-year contract on Jan. 6, 2012.
Penn State released its post-spring practice depth chart Thursday, which features a position battle at quarterback even though one of the candidates has not taken a single snap in a practice.
Incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg, whose first practice with the team will be on Aug. 5, the opening day of training camp, is considered neck and neck with Tyler Ferguson, a junior college transfer who participated in the Nittany Lions' entire spring practice.
There is one other position battle shown on the depth chart, at safety, where senior Malcolm Willis, who has started 17 games in his career with the Nittany Lions, is listed as dead even with junior Ryan Keiser.
Penn State's 2013 season opener on Aug. 31 against Syracuse will kick off at 3:30 p.m. from Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., it was announced Friday.
The game will be televised on ABC and ESPN2.
This is the fourth starting time announced for the 2013 season, the second under head coach Bill O'Brien. The Nittany Lions will host Central Florida at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14 and Michigan for homecoming at 5 p.m. on Oct. 12. Their Oct. 26 game at Ohio State will kick off at 8 p.m.
Penn State defensive tackle Nate Cadogan has left the team for personal reasons and will forego his fifth year of eligibility, coach Bill O'Brien announced Friday on Twitter.
The 6-foot-5, 298-pound Cadogan played offensive tackle last season and split time between there and tight end his first two years, even catching a touchdown pass in 2010 against Northwestern.
He was shifted to defensive tackle during the off-season to provide depth at the position following the graduation of Jordan Hill and James Terry.
Noah Beh, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound two-way lineman from Scranton, said Saturday he had given a commitment to Penn State coach Bill O’Brien to become part of the Nittany Lions’ freshman Class of 2014, according to several media outlets.
Beh, rated three stars by Rivals, a recruiting web site, played offensive tackle and defensive end for Scranton Prep. He is expected to play offense for the Nittany Lions.
Beh told O’Brien of his decision at Penn State’s advanced skills camp.