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Reports: Penn State likes Pats assistant

DALLAS — Tom Bradley, who has led Penn State through nearly two months of turmoil created by former assistant Jerry Sandusky's alleged involvement in child sexual abuse, could have his 37-year Penn State career as a player and coach end after today's TicketCity Bowl.

Reports emerged Sunday that Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is the leading candidate for the full-time job. Bradley, 55, became interim coach Nov. 9 after Joe Paterno was fired.

ESPN reported that O'Brien, 42, had been followed for the past month by the university committee charged with finding the next coach and that the two sides would meet this week during the Patriots' playoff bye.

Meanwhile, USA Today said "only contract details need to be finalized" with the committee.

Acting athletic director Dave Joyner said there is no deal, and O'Brien's agent, Joe Linta, said there has been no contact with Penn State and no negotiations.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick declined comment.

O'Brien, in his fifth year with the Pats, never has been a head coach at any level. On Dec. 11, cameras caught him arguing with QB Tom Brady on the sideline.

A native of Andover, Mass., O'Brien spent 14 seasons as an assistant at Brown, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke.

Bradley said he's confident he could find another job but called a search "awkward" because "I've only been at one place."

ucla: Chargers assistant John Pagano is expected to be named defensive coordinator, perhaps today, according to reports.

fallen camera update: A review has determined a camera that fell from an overhead wire during the Insight Bowl was an isolated incident. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said that the cause of the crashing camera during Friday's game has been addressed and extra precautions will be taken for the six remaining bowl games.

Reports: Penn State likes Pats assistant 01/01/12 [Last modified: Monday, January 2, 2012 12:00am]
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