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O’Brien emerges as strong candidate for Penn State job

Bill O'Brien, Tom Brady AP

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien is suddenly getting a lot of buzz for possible coaching jobs.

We mentioned him as a candidate in Kansas City earlier this week, but it sounds like he could end up going to college.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports O’Brien has emerged as a leading candidate, if not the leading candidate, to take over the mess at Penn State. Schefter believes Penn State will start aggressively pursuing O’Brien next week during New England’s bye.  It’s unclear if O’Brien would jump at the move.

O’Brien’s contract is up at the end of the season.  Green Bay quarterbacks coach Tom Clements is also expected to draw interest from Penn State.

UPDATE 11:10 a.m. ET:  Jonny Saraceno of USA Today reports the following: “A person with knowledge of the Penn State hiring tells USA TODAY that only contract details need to be finalized before O’Brien is the man.”

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22 Responses to “O’Brien emerges as strong candidate for Penn State job”
  1. seatownballers says: Jan 1, 2012 11:09 AM

    Good luck. Its a mess

  2. beedubyatoo says: Jan 1, 2012 11:12 AM

    As a Packer fan, I say, “Hire O’Brien.”

  3. emmac13 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:13 AM

    I would stay as far away as possible from that situation. Sad but true, Penn St. brought this upon themselves. Time to pay the piper.

  4. captainvilfo says: Jan 1, 2012 11:13 AM

    itd be nice if NE could keep a coordinator for more than 2 years.

    O’brien should just remember who he works for, who his qb is, and how many successful careers other ex-NE coordinators had after leaving

  5. duanethomas says: Jan 1, 2012 11:16 AM

    They havent hit bottom yet. Wait until Sandusky goes to court, the program will have a dark cloud over it for years. Bad career move.

  6. gdeli says: Jan 1, 2012 11:21 AM

    conan? cool

  7. torqueolo says: Jan 1, 2012 11:24 AM

    He’s not ready yet for a head coaching job, too raw and emotional at the moment. If he does take this job, I wish him luck against 10 Big 10 teams. Bill O’Brien though, really Penn State? That’s the best you can come up with?

    Good news for Brian Ferentz though

  8. ytsejamer1 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:33 AM

    Awful all around… This looks bad for the Pats and their reputation for taking care of their coordinators. O’Brien aside, they don’t really like to pay them as much as other teams…BB would rather pay some mining college coach some scraps, coming up through the system, rather than paying for quality. It’s almost like BB’s draft philosophy.

    As for O’Brien…I don’t think he’s nearly as revered around the NE area as Weis or McDaniels was…and rightfully so. I think it would be a bad move at this stage.

  9. geniusfan says: Jan 1, 2012 11:34 AM

    Why hasn’t anybody learned yet? Any offensive coordinator will look great with Tom Brady throwing the ball.

    Heck Brady is the co offensive coordinator at this point in his career much like Manning was for the Colts.

  10. sschmiggles says: Jan 1, 2012 11:34 AM

    So much for focusing on the playoffs. Why does he need to do this right now?

  11. thefiesty1 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:40 AM

    Penn State is desperate. They’ll take anyone that will even talk to them. Big mess that nobody needs to get involved with.

    Another report in CFT says that Clements and interim Bradley have had second interviews. Nobody really wants that job.

  12. burntorangehorn says: Jan 1, 2012 11:41 AM

    I’m confused as to why people think the PSU job is such a dangerous one to take. There will be legal ramifications for a number of people, but most of the heads that will roll already have, and Sandusky wasn’t even on the staff at the time of the alleged incidents. Don’t think that I’m saying it wasn’t a horrible series of events, but that’s not likely to cause serious problems for an incoming coach. What is going to be difficult is following Paterno, who had been coaching at PSU since before most of us who know how to use the internet were born.

  13. stairwayto7 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:12 PM

    PSU a bad job? Really? This will take years to sort out, the responsible parties, Sandusky and McQueary are gone, and a new regime will take over! It took years for Reggie Bush and what ever happened to Auburn??

  14. scoops1 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:16 PM

    …I’m O’brien….He’s Murphy

  15. bigd88 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:23 PM

    LOL!
    Who wants to bet me 1000 bucks that he is NOT the next HC at Penn State?
    First they said Mangini, then Clements, then Munchak, then Clements again, then Munchak again, then maybe Bradley, and now this guy.
    The coaching search at Penn State has been so secretive the media doesn’t have a clue as to
    Who the next guy is.
    Tomorrow I bet they’ll say Jim Tressel or Labe Kiffin.

  16. test2402 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:25 PM

    That college needs Tim Tebow.

  17. richm2256 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:28 PM

    burntorangehorn says:
    I’m confused as to why people think the PSU job is such a dangerous one to take. There will be legal ramifications for a number of people, but most of the heads that will roll already have, and Sandusky wasn’t even on the staff at the time of the alleged incidents. Don’t think that I’m saying it wasn’t a horrible series of events, but that’s not likely to cause serious problems for an incoming coach. What is going to be difficult is following Paterno, who had been coaching at PSU since before most of us who know how to use the internet were born.
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    This is a bad job because the new coach will have one hell of a hard time getting talented recruits to go there.

    Seriously, would YOU want to be the guy who has to go to student’s homes and try to convince them that Penn State is where their son should go?

  18. sundayisthebestday says: Jan 1, 2012 12:32 PM

    “Heck Brady is the co offensive coordinator at this point in his career much like Manning was for the Colts.”

    Not true. As great as Brady is, he doesn’t have even half the responsibilities Manning had. As for the PSU job, I wish O’Brien luck…he’s going to need it.

  19. backindasaddle says: Jan 1, 2012 12:41 PM

    Not a good move. He’s following a legend….everything he does will be compared to what Paterno did. He coming in following a really nasty scandal that is still playing itself out and will carry a black cloud over the University for many more years. Recruiting will be a problem because of it. No kid wants to go to “Didler – U”. Not the right time.

  20. gerard33 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:56 PM

    Was never linked to KC, except in the mind of some bored and speculative writers.

  21. trubroncfan07 says: Jan 1, 2012 1:00 PM

    These patriots assistants sure have a way of constantly biting off way more than they can chew. At least they are consistent.

  22. realitypolice says: Jan 1, 2012 1:04 PM

    Hiring an assistant from New England is a great idea. It always works out perfectly.

    Ask Notre Dame

    Ask the Cleveland Browns

    Ummm……ask the Cleveland Browns again

    Ask the New York Jets

    Ask the Denver Broncos

    Who am I missing?

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