New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien will become the new head football coach of the Penn St. Nittany Lions, this according to a report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen, who says the school plans to make an official announcement on Saturday.
Earlier on Thursday, it was confirmed that O'Brien was not in attendance at Patriots' practice, reportedly because he was too busy interviewing for the Penn State opening.
O'Brien, 42, whose coaching career began as the tight ends coach at Brown University in 1993, has been with New England since 2007, serving as an offensive assistant, wide receivers coach, quarterbacks coach, and, officially beginning in 2011, the team's offensive coordinator (he was essentially the OC in 2009-10, when the team did not have anyone with the offensive coordinator title).
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