"I think he's been working on his plan for being a head coach for a long, long time," Joyner said at his campus office.
An assistant coaching veteran, O'Brien cites stints at Georgia Tech under George O'Leary and with the Patriots under Bill Belichick as influences for fulfilling a lifelong pursuit to become a head coach.
The questions about football itself? O'Brien doesn't mind answering them one bit, even if it's about the ongoing saga over the starting quarterback race.
But for some fans like Susan Docker, a 2004 graduate and paralegal from Easton, what happens on the field is the least of their concerns.
"I wouldn't care so much about how the football team does. I just hope that he can restore some semblance of normalcy and moving on in the wake of this situation," she said. "Never to forget what happened, but to move forward."