Bill O’Brien Tells Pats He’ll Become New Coach at Penn State

Patriots hope to avoid distractions
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By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer
      FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – With offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien
headed to Penn State as head coach, the New England Patriots hope
to avoid distractions while preparing for the playoffs.

      Wide receiver Julian Edelman said Friday nothing has changed and
the team will return to work after having the weekend off. ESPN,
citing unnamed sources, reported Thursday night that O'Brien would
remain with the Patriots through the postseason.

      Two people in the NFL with knowledge of Penn State's search for
a head coach told The Associated Press on Friday morning that
O'Brien has told them he plans to replace fired coach Joe Paterno.
The persons spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not
authorized to speak about the search.

      The Patriots are the top-seeded team in the AFC and have a bye
this weekend. O'Brien is likely to be introduced on Saturday.

      
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