Found January 06, 2012 on Nittany Lines:
Forty years ago, Joe Paterno almost left Penn State to coach the New England Patriots. He initially said yes to going to the Patriots but after sleeping on it, he changed his mind, believing that Penn State was the place for him. New England's loss was Penn State's gain. Here's hoping that history repeats. For, as we all know by now, Penn State's new administration has wiped away everything Paterno related and has selected Bill O'Brien, New England Patriots offensive coordinator, as its new head football coach. It's yet another strange twist in what has been a dizzying two months for Penn State fans. Like all Penn State fans, we wonder about this latest move, including: -- New England Patriot coordinators do not coach like their boss, Bill Belichick, when they become head coaches. The list of failures includes Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, Josh McDaniels and Eric Mangini. -- O'Brien has no Penn State roots, which is disconcerting. But he has an NFL offen...

Video: Bill O’Brien’s Son Patted His Dad On The Head

New Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien sat down for an important interview with to discuss what it feels like to be the new head coach of the Nittany Lions. But his young son stole the show. But just 19 seconds after the interview began, O’Brien’s 6-year-old son, Michael, walked up to pat his father on the head twice. Check out the video:      

Report: Penn State hires Patriots' Bill O'Brien as new football coach

Forty-six years after it hired Joe Paterno as its head football coach, Penn State reportedly has replaced the tarnished legend with another middle-aged Brown graduate.

Paterno congratulates O'Brien amid PSU reports

Joe Paterno has congratulated New England Patriots coordinator Bill O'Brien following reports that O'Brien will be Penn State's next head coach.

Penn State picks Bill O’Brien to bear the post-Paterno burden

Penn State has completed its month-long cycle through uninspiring NFL assistants, and has finally landed on one willing to bite: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has reportedly agreed to terms and will be introduced as Joe Paterno's successor on Saturday, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. He will be the Nittany Lions' first new head coach...

Penn State reportedly hires Bill O'Brien as the next football head coach

Penn State certainly took their time finding a new head coach to replace Joe Paterno and that exhaustive search has led them to...Bill O'Brien.  O'Brien will take over as the first new head football coach at Penn State since 1966.I'm going to pause while some of you use Google to look up Bill O'Brien.  He is the current offensive coordinator for the New England...

Report: Penn St. to hire O'Brien, delusional alums freak out

((ht: O'BrienAccording to published reports, Penn State has found their replacement for fired coach Joe Paterno. That man is New England Patriot offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien.ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Nittany Lions plan on making an official announcement on Saturday and will add that O'Brien will stay on with New England during their...

BREAKING: O'Brien to be named Head Coach

Photo courtesy of ESPN According to sources, New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to succeed Joe Paterno as Penn State Head Football Coach In an article written by ESPN's Chris Mortensen, it says that Penn State plans to make a formal announcement on Saturday, and that the terms of the deal are not known at this time. Stay tuned to Nittany...

Report: Pats' O'Brien to take Penn St. coaching job

By Bill CoreyPatriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien will become the next coach of Penn State, ESPN reported Thursday night. Longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno was fired Nov. 9 after a child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky.Tom Bradley has served as interim coach of the Nittany Lions. O'Brien, who joined the Patriots staff in 2007, had...

For real this time: Patriots OC Bill O’Brien will interview at Penn State tomorrow

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien may be interested in Penn State after all. In fact, multiple reports, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and NFL Network, say O’Brien will interview at Penn State for their vacant head-coaching job tomorrow. Just a few days after his agent Joe Linta told me that O’Brien’s main goal is to be an NFL head coach, O’Brien will vie...

Pats' O'Brien agrees to become PSU coach (AP)

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to become Penn State's first new head football coach in nearly a half-century. Two people in the NFL with knowledge of the search told The Associated Press on Friday that O'Brien has told them he plans to replace fired coach Joe Paterno.
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