Posted: Jun 21, 2013 9:24 PM by MTN Sports
Former Montana State football assistant and recently hired Simms High School football coach Joe O'Brien will be featured on ESPN's Outside the Lines on Sunday, June 23.
The episode airs Sunday morning at 7:00am Mountain Time on ESPN and will be re-aired at 9:00am Mountain Time on ESPN NEWS. There will also be an ESPN.com feature written by ESPN The Magazine's Paul Kix.
ESPN has been in contact with MTN Sports in Great Falls since the Simms community held their public forum regarding the possibility of hiring O'Brien back in February. KRTV in Great Falls assisted ESPN during the process of the television production and the feature story, providing file video of the forum and school board meeting, as well as assisting the ESPN crew with camera work and other daily activities. ESPN tells us they have used "portions of the video provided by KRTV" and it can be seen during the Outside the Lines episode.
O'Brien was an All-American defensive lineman at Boise State University who joined the Montana State coaching staff in 2000. He was arrested in 2003 and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamines in 2004. His sentence included just over two years in a federal prison and the loss of nearly $23,000.
In February, the Sun River Valley School Board approved the hiring of O'Brien as the next head football coach of Simms High School. O'Brien told MTN Sports at the time, "All I ever wanted, I was asked if I would entertain being a coach out here and I said yes because it's my passion, it's what I do."