Bill O’Brien: From Brown to Beaver Stadium
Thursday evening, ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen reported that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien had reached an agreement with Penn State to be Joe Paterno’s successor. Twenty-four hours later, after arriving in State College, Penn State official confirmed the report and will introduce O’Brien as the 15th head coach in school history during a press conference today.
O’Brien remains a relative unknown, but below shows his previous stops prior to arriving in Happy Valley along with a few thoughts:
- 1969: Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on October 23. He is now 42 years old.
- 1990- 1992: Played defensive end and linebacker at Brown university
- 1993-1994: Tight and and linebackers coach at Brown
- 1995-2002: Assistant at Georgia Tech, offensive coordinator during final two seasons
- 2003-2004: Running backs coach at Maryland
- 2005-2006: Offensive coordinator at Duke
- 2007-2011: Various offensive positions with the Patriots including receivers coach, quarterbacks coach, and, most recently, offensive coordinator
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The Nittany Lions moved up one spot following their 33-28 victory over Indiana on Saturday.
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