|Patriots: Bill O'Brien heads to Penn State|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, January 6, 2012 at 10:40 am ET
Bill Belichick Profile
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Penn State, succeeding Joe Paterno and interim coach Tom Bradley.
O'Brien has never been a head coach before.
He interviewed for the job on Thursday.
He's expected to remain with the Patriots until their season is complete while also recruiting for the Nittany Lions program that was rocked by the sex scandal involving former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
Penn State won't make its formal announcement until Saturday.
O'Brien has coached Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady for the past three years and was formally the offensive coordinator for one season.
Brady passed for 5,235 yards, 39 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions this past season.
Previously, O'Brien was assistant head coach at Duke, running backs coach Maryland and offensive coordinator at Duke.
BR> O'Brien played college football at Brown.
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