Last month, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien declined to commit to remaining with the Nittany Lions, given the hypothetical possibility that the NFL will come calling. Soon, we’ll find out whether the hypothetical becomes actual.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that O’Brien may be on more NFL short lists than Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
O’Brien, per Mort, could draw interest from the Browns and the Eagles.
Though O’Brien’s buyout reportedly is in the range of $9 million, the lawyers could get involved in light of Mortensen’s explanation that, when O’Brien took the job, he was told that the Jerry Sandusky scandal was a criminal matter only, not an NCAA issue.
That misrepresentation could allow him, potentially, to get out of the contract with a reduced buyout — or perhaps with no buyout at all.