Did Penn State Coach Bill O’Brien Call His Players “a Bunch of [email protected]” on National TV? (Video)
To say it’s been a tough year for the Penn State Nittany Lions football program would be an understatement. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal and the firing and death of the legendary Joe Paterno, it was easy to forget that a bunch of people who had nothing to do with any of that—like new head coach Bill O’Brien and his players—still had to go out and try to win football games.
Nevertheless, the team persevered through all the adversity and, thanks to a thrilling 24-21 overtime victory over Wisconsin on Saturday, finished with an incredibly good (under the circumstances) 8-4 record. And after a big win and a big season like that, it’s understandable that coach O’Brien might be a little overwhelmed by the moment.
But did he really lose his mind after the game while doing an interview with ESPN2 and call his team “a bunch of f–kers?”
Some think so. Others (such as myself) think they can clearly hear that he is, in fact, saying “fighters.” However, I will admit that it sounds like he says whatever you expect to hear. Try to hear f–kers and you hear f–kers. Try to hear fighters and you hear fighters.
See for yourself:
Pretty hilarious, right?
Like I said, to me it definitely sounds like he’s saying “fighters,” and that makes sense given the context. But if he had said “f–kers,” I wouldn’t have held it against him. After that season, I think the guy earned himself an f-bomb.