Bill O'Brien Named Leading Penn State Coaching Candidate Out Of Nowhere

How could a nearly two-month football coaching search suddenly drop a brand new name just as it's winding down? You tell me! Sunday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter called New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien perhaps "the leading candidate" to take the Penn St. Nittany Lions job, which will hopefully end soon after the team's Jan. 2 bowl game.

See for yourself:

Adam Schefter@AdamSchefter Patriots OC Bill O'Brien has emerged as a leading candidate, if not the leading candidate, to be hired as Joe Paterno's successor at Penn St

O'Brien has no immediately apparent ties to PSU and has no head coaching experience.

He does have extensive college experience, however, which has become something of a rarity among reported Nittany Lions candidates. He's coached at somewhat nearby Brown and Maryland, plus Duke and Georgia Tech -- the latter stint included being Chan Gailey's assistant head coach for one year.

Related: Jerry Sandusky fallout, replacing Joe Paterno, and Penn State's movement to support sexual abuse survivors. For more on the Nittany Lions, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. More college football news.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.