O'Brien, 43, was slated to make a base salary of $950,000 this season but Penn State increased it to $1.9 million beginning July 1st. With the Nike sponsorship and his media responsibility on television and radio, his salary will be in the neighborhood of $3.2 million.
It is an understatement to say the man has earned it over the past 12 months. He led the team to an 8-4 (6-2 in Big Ten) record this season. The eight wins were the most ever for a first year coach in the program's 126 year history. He won the 2012 Big Ten Coach of the Year award along with the 2012 Maxwell Football Club, ESPN, and Bear Bryant Coach of the Year awards.
O'Brien took over in wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex-scandal that saw longtime head coach Joe Paterno ousted as head coach. Last July, the NCAA handed down a bevy of fines and sanctions on the program that many thought would cripple recruiting and athlete retention. O'Brien has stayed loyal to Happy Valley even when NFL teams came calling this winter.
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