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Patriots’ OC Bill O’Brien interviews for Penn State job

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The favorite candidate to become the Penn State Nittany Lions job is interviewing at the school today. Bill O’Brien will be on campus to meet with the administration.

The interview is a significant step in Penn State’s interest in O’Brien. Depending on how this interview goes, he could be offered the job.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien look on against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC Wild Card Game
Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien look on against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC Wild Card Game (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Over the weekend, he was signed, sealed, and delivered as the next head coach, according to multiple reports. But his agent came out to say that those reports were off base and that his client’s future is at the NFL level.

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He is the third NFL assistant coach to interview for the position. He joins Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman also interviewed for the job.

Roman, like O’Brien, is a finalist for the Nittany Lions job. But, it is unclear when Penn State will name a permanent successor to Joe Paterno.

Whoever will take over the job, they will take over a program that went 9-4 this past season. While the team had a good record, legendary coach Paterno was fired due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal that had rocked the program.

Tom Bradley took over on an interim basis.

O’Brien has not been a head coach at the College or NFL level. He has been employed by the Patriots since the 2007 season.

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Before being hired by the Patriots, he spent two seasons as the Duke Blue Devils offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2005 and 2006. He also spent two seasons as the Maryland Terrapins running backs coach in 2003 and 2004.

He also spent two seasons with the Brown Bears. He then was employed by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in various roles from 1995 through 2002, finally serving as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2001 and 2002.

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Anthony Caruso III
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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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