Is Karma Coming To Get Bill O’Brien And Penn State?

Bill O’Brien has had a rough start at PSU

Bill O’Brien made a risky move in the off-season when he left the AFC champion Patriots as well as several potential head coaching positions in the NFL for the ehad job at Penn State.  O’Brien took the job before he even knew what sanctions would be levied down by the NCAA.  A bold move it was for O’Brien, maybe even a noble one,  but if he didn’t get reminded how hard the job was actually going to be when the NCAA leveled some of its toughest sanctions ever he certainly has in the first two weeks of the FBS season.

The Nittany Lions hosted Ohio in week 1.  While Ohio is not exactly a pushover it was a game that you expected Penn State to win.  Penn State got off to a good start in Happy Valley when they unveiled O’Brien’s pro-style offense and jumped out to a 14-3 halftime lead.  In the 2nd half the Nittany Lions simply didn’t show up.  They were outscored 21-0 in the 2nd half en route to the 24-14 opening weekend loss.  Penn State almost looked like they didn’t want to be out there in the 2nd half…it was suddenly as if they couldn’t accomplish anything that they wanted to.  It was almost like karma came to get Penn State in that 2nd half.  But it wasn’t half as bad as the karma that they faced a week later.

Kicker Sam Ficken was the goat in PSU’s 2nd game

Penn State went to the University of Virginia for their week 2 game.  Again Virginia was a formidable yet beatable opponent.  It wasn’t so much that the entire team failed to show up for this one so much as one player – kicker Sam Ficken.  Ficken had an awful day missing an extra point and was 1 out of 3 on field goal attempts heading into the final drive.  Penn State moved the ball down to the 27-yard line to set up a 43-yard game winning field goal by Ficken, giving him a chance to redeem himself.  Ficken missed his 4th field goal of the day and Penn State lost the game by 1, 17-16.  Not only did he miss the game winning field goal but he also missed that extra point that would have put the game in overtime.  Last week, after the game, Penn State’s backup kicker walked off the team.  I guess if I couldn’t beat out that guy I would quit also.

Bill O’Brien will have to be patient at Penn State.  He will certainly be enticed by offers from other teams in both college and the pros over the next few seasons but it seems like O’Brien is legitimately interested in playing things out in Happy Valley.  Days like last Saturday and the one before will test his will but at the end of the day he needs to remember that it’s nothing personal and the football gods just need to take it out on somebody.  The karma will eventually go away, it’s just a question of when.

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30 year old sports enthusiast and aspiring writer from Boston.

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