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NFL rumors swirl around Penn State's Bill O'Brien

The Penn State head coach is a top target of NFL franchises looking for a fresh start by a college coach.

Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

Penn St. Nittany Lions' head coach Bill O'Brien is apparently one of the top targets to be the next headman of the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora is reporting.

O'Brien, the former New England Patriots' assistant who this season helped lead the Nittany Lions to a surprising 8-4 record, seems to be the hottest college commodity franchises are looking at to fill their head coaching vacancy.

On Monday, seven NFL teams fired their head coaches and are now searching for a new one.

It has been reported for weeks that the Eagles, who let Andy Reid go, have been interested in O'Brien, while the Browns, Cardinals and Chargers are looking for a fresh start.

This season's success of Greg Schiano, the former Rutgers Scarlet Knights' head coach who was surprisingly hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last offseason, has teams looking at the college ranks to improve.

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