New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien has agreed to take over as head coach for Penn State. The Nittany Lions will officially announce the hiring on Saturday. He will continue his work with the Patriots through the NFL playoffs.
“I’m sad to lose him. I told him that,” said Patriots owner Robert Kraft. “We have a philosophy in our company, that if anyone has an opportunity and we can’t match it – we did have the ability to deny him under our contract – but this is one of the great college coaching positions. They have their challenges right now.”
Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno led the program to 409 wins over 46 seasons, holding the record for the most victories by an NCAA Division I Football coach. He was ousted by trustees in the wake of the child sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Penn State finished 9-4 last season with a 30-14 loss in the TicketCity Bowl to the Houston Cougars.
The Patriots have a week off after clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. They will either matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals or Houston Texans in the Divisional round. New England Patriots tickets are now available!