By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Penn State Nittany Lions have officially hired Bill O’Brien as their new head coach. He comes to State College after serving as the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator.
O’Brien is an outsider who the administration feels can help the football team get past the scandal that has rocked the program in recent months. The Nittany Lions fired legendary head coach Joe Paterno this past November.
He was replaced on an interim basis by Tom Bradley, who was serving as the team’s defensive coordinator. Paterno was fired due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal that rocked the school in Central Pennsylvania.
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“I am thrilled to be the head coach of the Penn State football program,” O’Brien said in a statement. “As head coach of this special football program, it is my responsibility to ensure that this program represents the highest level of character, respect, and integrity in everything we do.”
This is OBrien’s first opportunity to be a head coach. He had served as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2011 season.
However, he has worked for the Patriots since 2007. He began his Patriots tenure as an offensive assistant.
O’Brien was last employed by a college team in 2006. He was the Duke Blue Devils’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2005 and 2006.
Before being hired by Duke, he also worked for the Brown Bears, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and the Maryland Terrapins.
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“We have found the man to take Penn State football forward,” acting athletic director David Joyner said. “Needless to say, we have been looking for someone with some very special qualities, beginning with a heart that beats to the values and vision of Penn State University and our Penn State football legacy and tradition.”
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