Penn State's 'intense' new coach now in charge The new Penn State football coach wanted to appear as a family man. He proudly introduced his wife and 6 year old son, Michael, who was sitting in the first row of the introductory press conference Saturday at the Nittany Lion Inn wearing a blue Penn State baseball cap and a blue No. 25 Silas Redd jersey. "My chief of staff, wife, Colleen. She's the brains behind the operation," a smiling Bill O'Brien said, speaking to Penn State Nation for the first time since the university announced his hire late Friday evening. So, obviously, I have a pretty good idea how to recruit, I can tell you that." He laughed and so did some of the more than 100 media members and Penn State officials gathered in the ballroom. But another thing stood out about the 42 year old, New England Patriots' offensive coordinator trying to replace the iconic Joe Paterno: He's got an edge, an energy and aggressiveness different than Paterno or the Nittany Lions' interim leader, Tom Bradley. Or maybe any other of the "handful" of anonymous, leading candidates athletic director Dave Joyner and the Penn State search committee considered. That side of O'Brien was shown nationwide a few weeks ago in the highly publicized, highly animated sideline debate he engaged in with future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. "We had a good talk nike quarterly earnings the other night," nike q nightclub O'Brien said, when asked about Brady. "We have unique relationship, we're like two brothers, I can tell you that. So there were times when things got heated and most of those were probably my fault." A bit later Saturday afternoon, when meeting with reporters again, O'Brien talked about his own demeanor, his personality." "I'm an intense guy, I have an Irish temper. I grew up about 20 minutes outside of Boston. I'm a New Englander. If something gets me upset, then I'm going to let people know." And only a few minutes after he spoke those words, everyone gathered nike y back tank around him saw a glimpse. A reporter asked about the struggles his offenses experienced at Georgia Tech and Duke. O'Brien scrunched up his nose and then quickly cut him off. That's a misstatement," he said sharply, before recounting a few particular accomplishments. Then he looked away, that fire stoked just a bit but in control. "So, next question." O'Brien was talking a day after signing a five year contract, which will earn him about $2.3 million, including TV and Nike money, with another $200,000 possible in performance incentives. He truly was the only candidate offered the position and was a first and unanimous choice of the Penn State selection committee. "I talked to him several times, individually, and every time I talked to him the more impressed I was," Joyner said. "He's a humble guy. He has a lot of fire in his belly. "I was looking for a Penn State heart, if it makes any sense," Joyner said. O'Brien spoke confidently and cleanly during his introductory session, flanked on a stage by Joyner and new Penn State president Rodney Erickson. He wore a dark suit and gray tie and mixed dabs of humor in his overall message of determination, understanding and appreciation for this opportunity, even in light of the child sex abuse scandal and firing of Paterno. "This is unbelievable," were his first words as head coach. "Just to look out here and see the interest in the program. There is so much pride in Penn State and we will never ever take that for granted. Ever." He wrote a brief letter to Penn State fans, alums and former players and read it, asking them all for a chance to earn their trust. He said he would continue coaching the Patriots through a playoff run because that is necessary to show his new Penn State players and recruits about loyalty and commitment. He also talked about naming a staff of assistants over the next few days and announced how longtime defensive line coach Larry Johnson has agreed to stay on staff and lead recruiting. Members of the crowd applauded. Johnson got to know O'Brien years ago when both recruited Maryland. O'Brien was at Georgia Tech at the time.