Getting ready to leave Lincoln on Saturday, Penn State players picked up their phones and had plenty to sort through.
First were the voicemails and texts from family and friends about the loss to Nebraska – specifically about Matt Lehman's apparent go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter that was ruled a fumble, a call that was upheld by the replay review officials.
Then came the pictures of the play. TV screen captures quickly were sent to the Nittany Lions, many of whom subsequently posted them online through social media. The front sports page of the Omaha World-Herald had perhaps the best shot of Lehman having full control of the ball as he extended it over the goal line.
The firestorm over the play has consumed much of Penn State's fanbase since Saturday. And Bill O'Brien has had to make sure it hasn't lingered with his players.
Unlike the first practice after last month's loss to Ohio State, the Penn State coach was pleased with the effort he saw when the Lions got back to work on Monday, preparing for this week's game against Indiana.
We gave 'em Sunday off – they can come in for treatments and maybe get a lift in – and then they come back Monday, so they have a chance to think about things in their own mind, O'Brien said Tuesday at his weekly press conference. And when they come back on Monday, they seem to be refreshed and for the most part …
We will be ready to go for Indiana. We will be ready to go.
While the players have started to move on from the 32-23 loss to the Huskers, O'Brien was asked what message he might give to any fans who are still fuming about officiating or bias against the university and the football program.
I would tell our fans that nobody is against Penn State, O'Brien said. No one is against Penn State.
Quarterback Matt McGloin had been the most outspoken player after the game, saying that, We're not gonna get that call ever, actually, against any team. He later added, It's us against the world, and we're never gonna get those calls in these types of games.
McGloin is not available for mid-week interviews for the first time this season during a game week. O'Brien said he picks out which players will speak each week, and this time he chose for (McGloin) to not be on that list.
McGloin's comments came after O'Brien's post-game press conference on Saturday, so Tuesday was the first time O'Brien was able to respond to his quarterback's protests.
At the end of the day, it's a free country and Matt can say what he wants, O'Brien said. And that's what he did. He's an emotional kid. But look – it's time to move on to Indiana. And that's it.
O'Brien hasn't been linked to an NFL coaching job since last January, when he was mentioned as being in the mix for the head job with the Jacksonville Jaguars before coming to Penn State.
That hasn't stopped pundits from speculating that he could be contacted by NFL teams this offseason when more head jobs inevitably open up.
Asked twice about that possibility on Tuesday, O'Brien shook off the question both times.
We're 6-4. I'm flattered that you would ask me that question, O'Brien said. I'm worried about Indiana and our Tuesday practice and looking forward to doing the best we can for this team as a coaching staff for this Indiana game.
Shortly after being hired in January, O'Brien told The Times Leader, When I took the job, I don't believe Penn State was hiring a coach for the next three years. ... I intend to be here for a long time.
O'Brien reaffirmed his commitment to the school after NCAA sanctions were handed down in July. During the season he told fans on his weekly radio show that he would be around for as long as you'll have me.
Penn State's contract with O'Brien runs for eight more seasons after this one and would require a buyout for either side to end it before then.
Former Penn State quarterback Paul Jones announced Monday that he will transfer to FCS Robert Morris after this semester. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
The school is located in Moon, Pa., which is west of Pittsburgh and just up the Ohio River from his hometown of McKees Rocks.
Jones, once rated as one of the country's top high school quarterbacks, battled academic issues at Penn State before being beat out for the starting job this spring by McGloin. O'Brien moved him to tight end for the season in September and Jones eventually left the team in early October.
Indiana at Penn State
TV: Noon, Saturday. Big Ten Network.
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park
Last Meeting: PSU defeated Indiana 16-10 on Oct. 1, 2011.