O'Brien's contract gets extended at Penn State

Before he has even coached a game in State College, Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien has received a contract extension.

On the eve of Big Ten Media Days at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, it was announced that O'Brien's deal has been extended by four years. It was written into his original contract that the deal be automatically extended by the same length as any NCAA sanctions incurred by the previous staff. His initial agreement was for five years, so the terms are now for nine seasons. His salary is $2.3 million per year.

The added security could serve as some solace for a head coach who has been through a media whirlwind since the NCAA's sanctions came down on the program Monday morning.

Earlier Wednesday it was revealed that the NCAA's penalties could have been even worse, however. School president Rodney Erickson told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that the school originally faced a four-year death penalty before the sport's governing body settled on a four-year bowl ban, loss of scholarships and $60 million fine.

A four-year death penalty arguably would have prompted the Big Ten to move on without PSU as part of the conference.

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