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Report: Penn State to hire Patriots offensive coordinator O’Brien as new head coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Penn State finally has its new head football coach. It is a surprise pick by the school.

Many thought the school could hire Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Boise State’s Chris Petersen, or even ESPN analyst Eric Mangini, even with their current situation ongoing involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. None of these coaches got the job.

Bill O’Brien in a portrait from his NFL headshot
Bill O’Brien in a portrait from his NFL headshot (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

Penn State is expected to hire New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien to replace legendary head coach Joe Paterno. And interim head coach Tom Bradley, who is 1-2 and will coach Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl tomorrow against Houston.

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It will be O’Brien’s first head coaching position. He will finish out the season with the Patriots, before going to Happy Valley. The USA Today is reporting that only contract details have to be worked out before it is official.

O’Brien has spent this past season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was promoted to the Patriots’ offensive coordinator in February 2011.

He was hired by the Patriots in 2007 and quickly rose up the ranks to offensive coordinator. Prior to being hired by Bill Belichick, he served as a college assistant coach from 1993 to 2006.

He was an assistant with the Brown Bears in 1993 and 1994. Then, he was hired as a Georgia Tech assistant coach from 1995 to 2002.

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He served as the Yellow Jackets’ offensive coordinator during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. He was Maryland’s running back coach in 2003 and 2004, before becoming Duke’s offensive coordinator in 2005 and 2006.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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