Bill O'Brien Penn State: Patriots OC Agrees to Coach Nittany Lions

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IJanuary 5, 2012

FOXBOROUGH, MA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Bill O'Brien of the New England Patriots poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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According to ESPN NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed in principle to become the next head coach of the Penn State football team.

Chris Mortensen tweeted earlier this evening,

"Filed to ESPN: Penn State plans to make official announcement Saturday that Patriots OC Bill OBrien is new head coach  "

Rumors have been swirling for weeks about the possibility of O'Brien leaving the Patriots to go coach Penn State.

O'Brien, a Penn State alum, has been with New England since 2007, and he is highly regarded as one of the best offensive minds in the NFL.

This is an interesting decision by the Nittany Lions, as they have chosen to go with a big name that is familiar with the university. Coaching legend Joe Paterno was fired earlier this year after it was revealed that he had failed to act after finding out former coach Jerry Sandusky had been in a shower with a 10-year-old boy. 

This is sure to generate a lot of buzz, and we all hope that Penn State can begin to rebuild after the scandals that rocked the university earlier this year.