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O'Brien explains how the staff is meshing in year one

When the season began, there weren't very many people that would have predicted the success that Penn State (4-2, 2-0) has had through their first six games.

With everything that has happened over the past eight months at Penn State, in an "us against the world" kind of environment, it's important to have a staff with great chemistry to help refocus the energy around campus, and nationally, in a constructive manner.

After yesterday's bye week practice, Bill O'Brien was asked about a few members of his staff and how they've all been getting along in their first season together.

When O'Brien first started to formulate his staff, Mac McWhorter was one guy that was out of football that he knew that he wanted to bring in to be a part of the Nittany Lions new identity.

O'Brien says that getting McWhorter, who served as the offensive line coach and eventually the associate head coach on Mack Brown's staff from 2002-2010, to Happy Valley was somewhat of a recruiting job because McWhorter had been enjoying the retired life in Georgia. But for McWhorter, it ultimately came down to Penn State being a special place with special players in a unique setting.

Coach O'Brien was also asked about his relationship with secondary coach John Butler, and director of strength and conditioning Craig Fitzgerald (who both attended the same high school in Philadelphia) and explained that since the two are both Philadelphia guys and he's a Boston guy, they get a kick out of razzing each other quite often. O'Brien also refers to Butler and Fitzgerald as "bosom buddies" (head to the 7:25 mark of the video to hear it).

Hear more from Bill O'Brien after yesterday's practice in the clip, including how he uses his NFL experience to recruit, and how an NFL bye week differs from a bye week at the college level.

Next week Penn State (4-2, 2-0) gets back on the field against Iowa (3-2, 1-0).

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.