Winning football games still matters at Penn State.
The football program conducted media day today at Beaver Stadium, and in one of the event's signature moments, O'Brien was asked about the importance of winning this season.
O'Brien's response displayed his competitive side.
“I respect the question, but winning is hugely important,” he said. “Will we win at all costs here? No, that's not what I'm saying. Every time you step into a drill, every time you step on to a practice field in a competitive situation, every time you step on this field, your goal is to win. We will never accept losing at Penn State.”
Winning, of course, has become more difficult because of the NCAA sanctions levied against the school next month. The Nittany Lions have lost 10 players, including tight end Dakota Royer, who left the team Wednesday night for personal reasons, in the last two weeks. Royer is the first player to leave since the start of training camp.
The defections haven't changed O'Brien's expectations.
“We expect to go out there every single game and put a good product on the field,” he said.
The Nittany Lions begin the season Sept. 1 against Ohio University at Beaver Stadium.
Other highlights from O'Brien's news conference:
O'Brien said quarterback Matt McGloin has made a “ton of progress” since the end of spring drills. O'Brien also said the backup Paul Jones will play this season.
O'Brien lauded multiple true freshman, including running back Akeel Lynch and cornerback Da'Quan Davis. Running back and secondary are two of Penn State's thinnest positions.