Posted: Tuesday November 12, 2013 3:52 PM

Proud O'Brien keeping Penn State motivated

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Bill O'Brien's mid-November concern is more about how his Penn State team will play down the stretch - not whether it has something to play for.

The second-year coach has been able to motivate his Nittany Lions time and again after facing adversity. And now - as that has happened again - this is just the way he's going to handle it.

Like it or not.

''People question, `What is there to play for?' There's a lot to play for,'' O'Brien said Tuesday. ''There's the respect of your opponent, there's your teammates, there's the tradition of Penn State football.

''At Penn State, there will never be a question of what is there to play for.''

O'Brien stressed that team morale is not an issue. Instead, inconsistent play throughout a 5-4 season tops his checklist heading into Saturday's home game against Purdue (1-8).

 
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