PSU to interview Patriots' O'Brien Thursday

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State is expected to interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien Thursday for its head coaching position, an NFL source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

O'Brien, 42, is in his fifth season with the Patriots and in his first season as offensive coordinator. He also has had assistant college coaching stints at Brown, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke.

He graduated from Brown, the same university where former Penn State coach Joe Paterno earned his degree. Paterno was fired Nov. 9 in wake of a child sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Tom Bradley served as the interim coach the final four games. Penn State ended its tumultuous season Monday with a 30-14 loss to Houston in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas.

O'Brien is the fourth known person with NFL ties who has been linked to the Penn State job.

Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements will be interviewed in person later this week after previously being interviewed by Skype.

San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed for the vacancy a month ago. Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak has declined numerous overtures to return to his alma mater, despite being the top choice of the search committee.


Ron Musselman: rmusselman@post-gazette.com .


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