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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Bill O’Brien says he’s staying at Penn State

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page [1] or click here for the top stories from our news wire [2].

NBA: Nets at Celtics [3], 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Rockets at Thunder, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Timberwolves [4] at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball [5]: Boston College [6] at Penn State, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Virginia at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Purdue at Clemson, 7:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan State [7] at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: George Mason at Rhode Island, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Illinois, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Ohio State at Duke, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)


‘™¦ Former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien guided Penn State to an 8-4 record in his first season at the helm of the Nittany Lions [8], no small feat given the school’s troubles related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Now there are rumors that O’Brien has other opportunities — college and pro — should he want to jump ship while the program serves three more years of NCAA [9] punishment that includes reduced scholarships and a bowl ban. O’Brien, who has eight more years left on his contract, said Tuesday he’s not going anywhere [10].

“I plan on being the head football coach at Penn State [in 2013],” he told Atlanta’s 790-AM “The Zone.” “That’s my plan and that’s what I intend to do.”

His agent, Joe Linta, was even more adamant. “[O’Brien] is staying, and we’ve had no conversations with anyone else,” Linta said. “In fact he’s leaving at 6 in the morning [Wednesday] to go out on the recruiting trail.”

O’Brien also was in the news this week for apparently uttering an obscenity during a live TV interview after Saturday’s victory over Wisconsin. O’Brien seems to say a swear word that begins with the letter ‘f’ when referring to the effort of his players, although he denies it.

“You know I’m not a choir boy, but I said ‘fighters,’ ” he said.

‘™¦ “Fireman Ed” Anzalone, who announced on Sunday that he is stepping down as the team’s unofficial cheerleader because he’s tired of the behavior of fellow fans, is getting no sympathy [11] from his counterpart with the Dolphins, Thomas Phillips, aka Big Papa Pump.

In a Tuesday appearance on South Florida radio station Sports Talk: The Ticket, the longtime Dolphins superfan called out Fireman Ed.

“If you’re stepping down because of what you see, getting your butt whupped week-in and week-out and you haven’t been to the Super Bowl [12] since Super Bowl III, that is a wuss. That is a wuss,” he said. “You don’t back out of your team like that. That’s something you don’t do. You don’t step down from being a superfan. You don’t do that. Fireman Ed, you’re a disgrace, man.”

Added Big Papa Pump: “This team is looking up to him and this is what he’s telling them? You quit? You just give up? If you’re winning and you quit, it’s another thing. But you’re losing and you quit, that’s even worse.”

‘™¦ At GQ, writer Drew Magary has a list of the 25 least influential people of 2012 [13]. The list is not limited to sports, but there are a number of sports figures on it, including ex-Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine [14] at No. 15. Mitt Romney is No. 1. Lakers center Dwight Howard [15] is the top athlete, at No. 4 overall.

At Sports Illustrated, Tom Verducci has a column on nine baseball rules that need to change [16]. Among them are a call for more replay and fewer timeouts (such as the catcher walking out to the mound).

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 28, 1938, the Bruins traded legendary but aging goaltender Cecil “Tiny” Thompson to the Red Wings and called up which rookie to replace him?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We continue to extend our best wishes to the University of Maryland [17]; however, there is the expectation that Maryland will fulfill its exit fee obligation.” — ACC commissioner John Swofford, explaining the league’s decision to sue the Big Ten-bound school [18] for approximately $53 million

STAT OF THE DAY: 25 — Games Phillies All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz [19] was suspended by Major League Baseball [20] after testing positive for an amphetamine

‘NET RESULTS: Rockets center Omer Asik scores on his own basket during Tuesday’s victory over the Raptors, but then he dunks at the other end to even things out.

From a high school football game in the state of Washington, Skyline High School uses a bounce pass to fake out the defense and then throws a 49-yard touchdown pass vs. Camas.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Frankie Brimsek, who would go on to a Hall of Fame career as well

SOOTHING SOUNDS: R.B. Greaves turns 68 Wednesday.