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Penn State Coaching Search: Staff Told Of Outside Hire, According To Report

Assistants coaches on Penn State's current coaching staff met with acting athletic director David Joyner at the Lasch Football Building on campus Friday afternoon, and the Associated Press's Genaro C. Armas reports some key details of the meeting.

A person familiar with the discussion told the AP Friday evening that the assistant coaches were informed that a new head coach had been hired, and was not from the current staff, though the replacement was not identified. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to speak about the discussion.

Of course, reports that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to replace Joe Paterno as Penn State's head football coach have been widely circulated over the last 24 hours. The university and athletic department still has yet to confirm anything about the reports.

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

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