January 05, 2012
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien would like to be in charge of an NFL team, but it looks like he is getting ready to settle for taking over one of college football's biggest-name programs.
NFL.com reports that O'Brien "is interviewing with Penn State for its head-coaching job" and "a deal is possible soon." While "negotiations haven't yet begun," the site says, "the potential to strike a deal is very real."
The Pats are on a playoff bye this weekend, and O'Brien had been expected to interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the head-coaching job there, the site reports, but now "that seems unlikely."
O'Brien, who played for the Chicago Bears from 1990 to 1992, has been with the Pats since 2007 after holding coaching positions at Brown, Georgia Tech, Maryland, and Duke.
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