Penn State Coaching Search: NFL Gossip Girls Refuse To Back Off Bill O'Brien

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 01: Bill O'Brien of the New England Patriots looks on from the sideline in the second half against the Buffalo Bills on January 1, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


Either New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has the best agent in the world, or this has an actual possibility of happening.

Pro Football Talk, last night:

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Perhaps Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien will wind up coaching at Penn State next year after all. O’Brien will interview for the head coaching position on Thursday, according to NFL.com.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network writes that the "potential to strike a deal is very real." ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported that O’Brien would meet with Penn State this week and looked like the frontrunner for the job.

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This continues to make zero sense. O'Brien's agent blatantly admits that his client's dream is to coach an NFL team. Even now, as he's supposedly nearing a deal with Penn State, O'Brien is also angling for the Jacksonville Jaguars job.

Does that sound like someone to which Dave Joyner and Ira Lubert are going to tie their reputations? A guy who views Penn State as a job, and not a dream job? Someone who is likely to jump back into the NFL at the first glimps of a palatable head coaching gig?

We all realize that anything is possible, but this? Doesn't seem possible. If Lubert and Joyner are indeed working the NFL angle at this point -- certainly, there appear to be more NFL names than college names floating about -- San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman is at least saying the right things:

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"It's about the individual opportunities, the people you're surrounding yourself with," Roman said. "And a job like Penn State is a lifetime job. That's a job if I were to become the head coach there, I'd wouldn't leave there.

"I'd be back East, setting up camp, I'd be at the (Jersey) Shore in the summer. And that would be my routine.That's a very unique opportunity at Penn State, so that's something I'd definitely consider strongly. But I love where I'm at right now."

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Roman is a native of Ventnor, New Jersey and went to college at John Carroll in Ohio. He's coached all over the offensive side of the ball, mostly involving the offensive line and tight ends, but also with a two year stint as a quarterback coach in Houston. His most complete bio, for whatever reason, remains on the Stanford Cardinal official site.

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