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Continued: Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien gets $1 million raise after successful debut season

  • Article by: GENARO C. ARMAS , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: June 20, 2013 - 4:20 PM

O'Brien replaced Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno, who was fired in November 2011 in the aftermath of Sandusky's arrest on child sex abuse charges. Paterno died about two weeks after O'Brien was hired in January 2012.

In the latter part of his 46-year career, Paterno was dogged by inquiries about retirement, though leaving for the NFL wasn't really an option. Last year, Penn State valued Paterno's compensation at just more than $1 million — a comparative bargain for a coach with two national championships on his resume. Alabama's Nick Saban, for instance, makes more than $5 million a year.

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