New England Patriots offensive coordinator has been reported as the front-runner for the still-vacant Penn St. Nittany Lions head coaching job. He's reportedly becoming one of the very few candidates to earn an interview, which Pats coach Bill Belichick stopped short of confirming Thursday.
Still, Belichick noting that O'Brien wasn't at New England practice is the answer we need. The Patriots have a bye week, but offensive coordinators don't just skip practices during the NFL playoffs for no good reason.
O'Brien hasn't worked a college job since 2006, when he concluded a run of mostly position coaching jobs at various middlin' ACC schools. He has no head coaching experience, and only five years of coordinator experience.
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