After an ESPN report surfaced this morning that Bill O'Brien would be on the list of coaching candidates for the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, their recruiting hub spoke with top Nittany Lion recruit Christian Hackenberg about the rumors as he was around for Under Armour All-American Week. You can find video of that interview at the SBNation Recruiting page.
Hackenberg says that he has faith in everything O'Brien has told him over the past few months about NFL rumors, stating that BOB has always been committed to him and Penn State. On the off-chance that O'Brien did decide to head to the NFL, he would have to speak with his parents and coaches about his college decision. The relationship between Hackenberg and O'Brien and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher has been strong over the past year and it is no surprise that O'Brien's link to Penn State would play a large part in whether the top quarterback recruit in the nation would sign with the Nittany Lions in February. His confidence should be a sigh of relief to Penn Staters, though.
Also, as of Sunday night, it has been reported that no NFL teams have contacted Bill O'Brien about their upcoming coaching vacancies.
RT @jeffskversky: Sources tell @6abc that Penn State Coach Bill O'Brien has NOT been contacted by any @nfl teams at this time— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) December 30, 2012
This is not that surprising considering official announcements of firings will not come until tomorrow on Black Monday and negotiations with other coaches never usually start until after those decisions are finalized. The Eagles and Browns both lost their season finales today and outlets in Philadelphia and Cleveland have both reported that the teams will indeed let their coaches go tomorrow.
We'll have updates to the StoryStream if any other important information comes to light over the next week.
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