O’Brien’s agent says Penn State report is off base

Reuters

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien was potentially a leading candidate for the Penn State coaching job this morning.

USA Today topped that report by saying “only contract details need to be finalized” before O’Brien gets the job.

Or maybe USA Today didn’t top the report because it isn’t accurate. O’Brien’s agent says the report is “off base.”

“Everybody’s dream, like his, is to be an NFL coach,” agent Joe Linta told Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.

It seems like O’Brien and Penn State are both trying to stay in the news lately. We wonder what Bill Belichick’s feeling is about that.

We were just trying to beat Buffalo today and now we’re moving on to whatever’s next. I don’t have anything to say about any other situation other than the New England Patriots,” Belichick said when asked about O’Briens’ situation.

Tom Brady said he told O’Brien that he hopes the coordinator stays in New England a long time. O’Brien’s contract is up at the end of the year and that seems unlikely to happen.

UPDATE 9:33 p.m. ET: Schefter said the two sides are expected to meet this week to work. Penn State has identified O’Brien as the man they want to hire. Clearly, O’Brien is trying to keep his options open in the meantime.