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Penn State hires Bill O'Brien as football coach

 A Penn State fan displays a sign supporting former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno during the TicketCity Bowl NCAA football game against Houston, M...
 FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2011, file photo, New England Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien talks with quarterback Tom Brady...

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A Penn State fan displays a sign supporting former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno during the TicketCity Bowl NCAA football game against Houston, M...

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FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2011, file photo, New England Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien talks with quarterback Tom Brady...

Penn State has hired New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien as its head coach, the first change in leadership for the storied football program in nearly a half-century.
The announcement caps a turbulent two-month period that began with the firing of Hall of Famer Joe Paterno on Nov. 9 in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Not only is O'Brien replacing Division I's most successful coach, but he must also guide a program shrouded in uncertainty. Besides the criminal investigation into Sandusky, the NCAA has launched its own inquiry.
O'Brien was set to be formally announced at a news conference on Saturday.


Updated : 2021-01-20 15:31 GMT+08:00