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

New England Patriots offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach O'Brien looks on during the first quarter of their NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Foxborough 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.

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15 Responses to “O’Brien’s agent says Penn State report is off base”
  1. dutchman1350 says: Jan 1, 2012 9:44 PM

    Penn state has been hush on their next coach. They just want the bowls to end, so they can announce their next coach.

  2. trojanwarrior007 says: Jan 1, 2012 9:45 PM

    he’ll get a HC job. my guess is Jacksonville.

  3. j972 says: Jan 1, 2012 9:47 PM

    who cares. nobody even knows who o’brien is.

  4. profootballwalk says: Jan 1, 2012 10:31 PM

    j972 says: Jan 1, 2012 9:47 PM

    who cares. nobody even knows who o’brien is.
    ***************************************

    I wouldn’t boast about my ignorance.

  5. j972 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:07 PM

    @profootballwalk

    You don’t have to…you’re lips were moving

  6. richm2256 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:16 PM

    So now I can’t criticize O’Brien for not waiting until after the playoffs, then?

  7. borisbulldog says: Jan 1, 2012 11:45 PM

    How long will hiring authorities realize that the only success comong out of the Belichick coaching tree are Belichick himself?

    Signed,

    Mangini
    Crennel
    Weiss
    McDaniels
    Pioli

  8. lonespeed says: Jan 2, 2012 12:01 AM

    A coach with any morals would stay away from that job if any other option at all were available.

  9. yevrag3535 says: Jan 2, 2012 12:02 AM

    Penn State is like Notre Dame, if you didn’t go there – who cares……. plain and simple, get a life……

  10. swagger52 says: Jan 2, 2012 12:23 AM

    Wasn’t he Coach that got in the sideline spat with Randy Brady?

  11. jackbassett says: Jan 2, 2012 1:06 AM

    swagger52 says:
    Jan 2, 2012 12:23 AM

    Wasn’t he Coach that got in the sideline spat with Randy Brady?

    _____________

    You’re a dumb a$$. It was Tom Bündchen. Get it straight.

  12. jrfrom508 says: Jan 2, 2012 3:40 AM

    If he goes I want Weiss back…. I dream big.

  13. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 2, 2012 3:58 AM

    Coaching trees are the biggest myth in the NFL.

  14. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 2, 2012 4:00 AM

    Lol. The NFL Network and ESPN hyped the Jets, Cowboys and Chargers all year long.

  15. gmen1987 says: Jan 2, 2012 9:28 AM

    I heard that the names connected to the Penn State job are just names thrown out by prominent Penn State alumni. There is no real talk between any of the coaches and Penn State. Just wishful thinking from Penn State alumni who want to avoid Penn State from being horrendous for at least two generations.

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