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Penn State Flails About In Coaching Search

January 5, 2012

PSU Football

As previously reported, Penn State is looking to the NFL for its next football coach:

Penn State is planning to meet Thursday with Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, a source familiar with the process told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Penn State has identified O’Brien as the coach it wants to succeed Joe Paterno. O’Brien is in the last year of his contract as the Patriots offensive coordinator.

“Bill is focusing on another Super Bowl run,” O’Brien’s agent, Joe Linta, said Sunday. “However, if an NFL team or Penn State seeks permission from Bill Belichick, then Bill will speak to them.”

The story also has this curious statement:

Penn State has attempted, and largely succeeded, to conduct its head-coaching search at the highest levels of secrecy.

Really? In addition to O’Brien’s name, we have heard Mike Munchak declining the honor, Tony Dungy saying “no thanks” a full month ago, interim coach Tom Bradley got an interview, and Chris Petersen being Penn State’s “No. 1 priority” before signing an extension with Boise State.

Just because nobody knows who Penn State is going to hire doesn’t mean they are keeping it a secret. It means they don’t know, because few people seem all that interested.

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