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Zone read: Danny O’Brien spotted wearing a Penn State jacket, but mum on his future

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Former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien hasn't officially picked a new school yet, but many believe his destination is Penn State.

Perhaps that's because O'Brien was on the sidelines of Penn State's first spring practice Monday wearing a Penn State jacket.

This was actually the second time O'Brien had been to State College to see the Nittany Lions, though he hasn't muttered a peep on whether that's his ultimate destination.

O'Brien is the hottest quarterback transfer this offseason after leaving Maryland a year after being named the ACC Newcomer of the Year. He struggled last year, battled injuries and a coach that cut his playing time, but is still one of the better quarterbacks in the country and could thrive in a Penn State system that is in desperate need of someone who can throw the ball accurately.

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien didn't and couldn't address O'Brien's recruitment, so we can only speculate about his final decision and whether the Penn State jacket is a clue or whether someone loaned it to him because it was chilly outside.

Dolla, dolla bills, ya'll: Earlier this year, the Doc reported a clause in Les Miles contract that stated that had he won the national championship, he would have become the highest paid coach in college football. Of course he didn't win, but the Nick Saban, the man who did, is reaping the spoils of his victory.

The Alabama Board of Trustees approved a contract extension Monday that boosts Saban's salary to about $5.3 million a year and also lengthens the duration until 2020. Every year, his salary jumps $50,000, which would put him just under $6 million by the end of his contract.

According to Coaches Hot Seat, that would make Saban the nation's highest paid college coach, topping Texas' Mack Brown, who makes about $5.2 million.

To say the salary bump is deserved would be an understatement. The man has won two national championships in the past three years and had a Heisman Trophy winner in Mark Ingram and a finalist in Trent Richardson.

And there was money to go around. Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart earned a $100,000 raise and new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmaier signed a contract worth $590,000, which was more than former coordinator Jim McElwain.

Overall, seems like that's a pretty good investment.

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Bad luck blotter: Penn State receiver Devon Smith and former defensive end Jack Crawford were the victims of poor decisions and bad luck on March 15 when a police officer was responding to a potential break-in and found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the apartment.

The police originally found a grinder commonly used for grinding marijuana, a scale and several blunts in an ashtray and decided to get a search warrant and ultimately seized the blunts, a bottle of liquor, a grinder, a scale, a plastic bag with suspected marijuana and prescription drugs, police told Penn State student paper the Daily Collegian.

Neither player has been charged in connection with the search and coach Bill O'Brien declined to comment.

Video of the day — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel talks about rebuilding Joplin, Mo:

Sticky notes: Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan will miss 4-6 weeks with a meniscus tear and an MCL strain… UCLA quarterback Nick Crissman has decided to leave the Bruins in search of playing time… Wait, Chris Petersen is funny?... And something between Conference USA and the Mountain West will be done by June.

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