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Penn State Coaching Search: Team Source Confirms Bill O'Brien Hire, According To Reports

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Audrey Snyder tweets that a team source has confirmed reports that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien will replace Joe Paterno as head football coach at Penn State and that an optional player meeting will be held on Sunday to discuss the hire. The Daily Collegian's Joe McIntyre and the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jake Kaplan tweet similar reports.

These reports come less than an hour after the Harrisburg Patriots-News' Sara Ganim reported that Penn State has told the current coaching staff that no decision has been made on a coach as of 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

At this hour, members of the coaching staff are still leaving the Lasch Football Building on campus after meeting with acting athletic director David Joyner. Most have declined any comment.

Meanwhile, Derek Levarse of the Times-Leader tweets "According to FlightAware, PSU's plane was on the ground for 23 minutes in Mass. before taking off back to State College. Arrives in an hour." That tweet was made at around 5:45 p.m. Eastern, so an update on that situation should is due soon.

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

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