Former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien guided Penn State to an 8-4 record in his first season at the helm of the Nittany Lions, no small feat given the school's troubles related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Now there are rumors that O'Brien has other opportunities -- college and pro -- should he want to jump ship while the program serves three more years of NCAA punishment that includes reduced scholarships and a bowl ban. O'Brien, who has eight more years left on his contract, said Tuesday he's not going anywhere.
"I plan on being the head football coach at Penn State [in 2013]," he told Atlanta's 790-AM "The Zone." "That's my plan and that's what I intend to do."
His agent, Joe Linta, was even more adamant. "[O'Brien] is staying, and we've had no conversations with anyone else," Linta said. "In fact he's leaving at 6 in the morning [Wednesday] to go out on the recruiting trail."
O'Brien also was in the news this week for apparently uttering an obscenity during a live TV interview after Saturday's victory over Wisconsin. O'Brien seems to say a swear word that begins with the letter 'f' when referring to the effort of his players, although he denies it.
"You know I'm not a choir boy, but I said 'fighters,' " he said.
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