Tag:Bill O'Brien Penn State
Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:18 pm

Report: Bill O'Brien to interview at PSU Thursday


By Josh Katzowitz

First, there was a USA Today report that said Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien would be the next head coach at Penn State and that “only contract details need to be finalized before O'Brien is the man.” Then, two days ago, word emerged that O’Brien wasn’t headed to Happy Valley after all, as his agent said, “Any imminent contract signing or agreement (with Penn State) is just off-base.”

Now, there’s another report from USA Today that O’Brien will interview Thursday to possibly become Joe Paterno’s successor.

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Titans coach Mike Munchak already has said he’s not interested in becoming a candidate for that job, but 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman has interviewed with the school.

O’Brien’s agent, Joe Linta, said O’Brien would want to see what’s available in the NFL coaching circle before thinking about a non-pro job, but with Jeff Fisher taking up so much of the oxygen and with the Patriots potentially headed for a deep playoff run after their first-round bye, now is probably a good time for O’Brien to see what Penn State potentially has to offer him.

According to NFL.com's Jason La Canfora, "the potential to strike a deal is very real."

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