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Penn State Coaching Search: Bill O'Brien To Remain With Patriots Through Playoffs, According To Report

Following a report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen that says New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to replace Joe Paterno as head coach at Penn State, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweets...

New Penn State coach Bill O'Brien will continue to serve as the Patriots offensive coordinator for the rest of the season.
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If these two reports are true, this begs the question of what will happen to Penn State's recruiting efforts. If the Patriots play until the Super Bowl in early February, O'Brien won't take over until after National Signing Day on Feb. 1. KDKA's Mike Zappone speculates that this might be an indication members of the current staff, including co-defensive coordinators Larry Johnson Sr. and Ron Vanderlinden, might be retained to finalize Penn State's class. Regardless, that far from a desirable situation for the program to be in with its head coach after already spending close to two months without a leader. We'll see if it plays out that way.

For the latest on the Penn State coaching search, stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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