Penn State AD Denies O'Brien Report

Acting athletic director Dave Joyner says no deal is in place for the Patriots' offensive coordinator — or anyone else — to become the full-time replacement for Joe Paterno.

DALLAS — Penn State acting athletic director Dave Joyner denied a report by USA Today suggesting New England Patriots' offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to become the Nittany Lions' next head coach.

Early Sunday, USA Today's Jon Saraceno Tweeted, “A person with knowledge of the Penn State hiring tells USA TODAY that only contract details need to be finalized before O'Brien is the man.”

Asked if the report is accurate, Joyner waved his hand and said, “Nope. Don't believe what you read in the newspapers. I was taught that a long time ago.”

Joyner spoke with a small group of reporters following a Penn State pep rally outside the Cotton Bowl Sunday afternoon. The Nittany Lions face Houston in the TicketCity Bowl here Monday.

Asked specifically if any deal was in place, Joyner said, “There is no deal with anybody.”

Longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno was fired Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Former defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has been the interim head coach since then.

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