By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Penn State Nittany Lions are expected to hire Bill O’Brien as their next head coach. He is expected to accept the job in the coming days.
O’Brien will replace legendary head coach Joe Paterno and interim head coach Tom Bradley. Paterno began the season before being fired and replaced by Bradley.
The Nittany Lions 2011 season was rocked by scandal. The school is expected to make O’Brien’s hiring official on Saturday with a press conference.
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He comes to University Park, Pennsylvania after serving as the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator. Despite accepting the Nittany Lions job, O’Brien will continue his role with the Patriots once this news becomes official.
Then, once the Patriots season concludes, he will then head to Pennsylvania.
In his first season as the Patriots offensive coordinator, he has turned tight end Rob Gronkowski into a rising star. He has also been able to take advantage of the mismatches with Wes Welker, Gronkowski, and Aaron Hernandez.
He knows that this will be a rebuilding situation. Yet, he was able to accept the job.
O’Brien will have to gain the trust of the entire community in wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The Nittany Lions finished the 2011 season with a 9-4 record.
Paterno coached the team for the first nine games. Bradley coached the team for the final three games.
As their interim head coach, Bradley guided the team to a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. However, they were defeated by the No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers.
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Then, by the No. 20 Houston Cougars in the TicketCity Bowl at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
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