An anxious few days for Penn State fans just became more worrisome as a report surfaced that Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Brien interviewed for the Cleveland Browns head coaching job this week. The news comes from Mary Kay Cabot, a Browns beat reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Breaking: The #Browns interviewed Penn State coach Bill O'Brien this week, a source told the Plain Dealer today.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) January 3, 2013
Cabot’s story goes on to say that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner interviewed current Syracuse coach Doug Marrone in Arizona on Thursday and are scheduled to interview Oregon coach Chip Kelly tomorrow. A day and location for O’Brien’s interview was not provided.
While rumors and speculation about O’Brien have swirled for the past few days, this is the first news of an interview actually taking place.
In addition to Cleveland, the Philadelphia Eagles are believed to have O’Brien high on their coaching wish list.
An interesting weekend appears to be on the horizon.
Update: 9:02 p.m. — According to a report from Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, Penn State is making a strong push to keep Bill O’Brien in Happy Valley as rumors swirl about his interest in the NFL. Thamel cites an anonymous source that believes O’Brien is “strongly considering staying.” The full story can be found here.