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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
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

Penn State finally has it’s new head football coach.

Bill O’Brien (Getty Images/Staff Elsa)

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.

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.

It will be O’Brien’s first head coaching position, and 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 Belicheck, he served as an college assistant coach from 1993 to 2006.

He was a Browns assistant in 1993 and 1994. Then, he was hired as a Georgia Tech assistant coach from 1995 to 2002.

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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