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.”