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Bill O'Brien Expected To Remain As Patriots OC Through Playoffs

The Penn St. Nittany Lions' coaching search reportedly came to an abrupt end Thursday night when various reports indicated the storied program had found its man -- New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. It's a decision that, if accurate -- the school is supposed to make it official Saturday -- will be met with less than favorable reviews by the Penn State fanbase it would seem.

But what of the other fanbase impacted by this move? Nearly as quickly as the report surfaced, questions from Patriots fans and reporters followed, wondering if O'Brien would stay with the team throughout the NFL Playoffs, as OC Charlie Weis did when Notre Dame hired him, or if he'd depart immediately to get a start on recruiting. Well, now we have an answer, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:

New Penn State coach Bill O'Brien will continue to serve as the Patriots offensive coordinator for the rest of the season.

And while that's good news for Tom Brady and company -- the Patriots are the No. 1 seed in the AFC -- it's probably not what Penn State fans wanted to hear.

Great for Pats O'Brien is sticking thru playoffs. Not great for PSU. When I covered Miss. St, Croom did Packers/MSU. Killed recruiting class

For more on the Nittany Lions, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries.