Posted by Chip Patterson
The search to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State is reportedly nearing the end, according to a USA Today source.
Jonny Saraceno reported Sunday that a person with knowledge of the Penn State coaching search say New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is set to be the next head football coach of the Nittany Lions. ESPN's Adam Schefter also is reporting O'Brien as the leading candidate, after just one year serving in his current post with the Patriots.
The Patriots close out the regular season Sunday at home against division rival Buffalo. Saraceno reports that "only contract details need to be finalized before O'Brien is the man."
O'Brien has been an assistant on the New England staff since 2007, after stops at Brown (his alma mater), Georgia Tech, Maryland, and Duke. In addition to being the offensive coordinator this season, the 42-year old Massachusetts native has been quarterbacks coach for Tom Brady since 2009.
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak, a former Penn State offensive lineman, was reportedly the top choice to replace Joe Paterno but just this week officially stated his lack of interest in the position at this time.
For all the latest on Penn State's coaching search and preparation for the TicketCity Bowl against Houston on Jan. 2, follow Nittany Lions Rapid Reports.
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