Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien officially accepted the head coaching job at Penn State on Friday night. The New England assistant is in Happy Valley for a press conference to announce his hiring on Saturday.
He issued a statement through a Penn State press release:
"I am thrilled to be the head coach of the Penn State football program," O'Brien said in the written press release. "I cannot tell you how excited I am to get started, meet the team, meet the football alumni and meet all of the people that make this University so special. As head coach of this special football program, it is my responsibility to ensure that this program represents the highest level of character, respect and integrity in everything we do. That includes my coaching staff, our players and everyone involved in the football program. There is tremendous pride in Penn State football and will never, ever take that for granted."
Though O'Brien will continue to work for New England through the conclusion of the postseason, the Patriots will reportedly interview former offensive coordinator and Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels over the weekend. McDaniels is currently under contract with the Rams.