Chris Mortensen reported this morning that Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien is on the short list of potential head coaching candidates for the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles as they are expected to fire Pat Shurmur and Andy Reid, respectively, tomorrow on NFL's Black Monday.
O'Brien said last month that he planned on being the coach at Penn State on a radio program in Atlanta, but his successful 8-4 record in his first year as the Nittany Lions' head coach and his position with a program that is still hit with sanctions for the next three years, giving him maybe the toughest coaching position in the nation, have still led to questions on how long he would stay in Happy Valley.
If he were to leave, O'Brien would have to buyout his contract worth $9.2 million. An NFL team putting up that money and then giving BOB a $4-5 million per year contract seems unlikely, but the Saints just gave Sean Payton $8 million a year after being suspended for a year, so crazier things have happened.
Get used to these rumors, Penn Staters. A successful coach with NFL ties will probably have his name brought up every year until he flat out denies he is going anywhere at every opportunity.
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