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Sunday, January 1, 2012
McGloin out, PSU targeting O'Brien as coach

By Adam Rittenberg

As expected, Penn State junior quarterback Matthew McGloin (concussion) will miss Monday's TicketCity Bowl matchup against Houston.

Lions interim coach Tom Bradley confirmed Sunday that McGloin is out. Sophomore Rob Bolden will step in, making his first start since Oct. 22. McGloin hasn't practiced since suffering a head injury Dec. 17 during a locker-room scuffle with teammate Curtis Drake. McGloin said he suffered a concussion and a seizure when his head hit the locker-room floor. Drake didn't make the trip to Dallas with the team.

While not surprising, McGloin's absence adds to the obstacles facing Penn State in its bowl game. Bolden struggled this season, completing just 42.2 percent of his passes with a touchdown and four interceptions. He played sparingly down the stretch of the regular season.

I fully expect Monday to be the Silas Redd show at Cotton Bowl Stadium, as Penn State will feed its sophomore running back over and over. Penn State will need to win with the run game and defense.

In other Penn State news, colleagues Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen report the school is now targeting New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien as its next coach. The Patriots have a bye week upcoming, and the two sides will meet to discuss the position, sources have told ESPN.

From the story:
Penn State has been eyeing, scouting and honing in on the 42-year-old O'Brien throughout the past month, sources said. He fits the profile of the head coach Penn State has been seeking. O'Brien is well-schooled and has a mixture of experience at the college and pro levels. In an odd coincidence, O'Brien even attended and played football at Brown, as [former Penn State coach Joe Paterno] did.
O'Brien is in the last year of his contract as the Patriots offensive coordinator.

O'Brien spent 12 years as an ACC assistant at Georgia Tech (1995-2002), Maryland (2003-04) and Duke (2005-06). He served as offensive coordinator at both Georgia Tech and Duke but never has been a head coach.

It certainly looks like Penn State will look to the NFL for its next coach, as Titans head coach Mike Munchak and Packers assistant Tom Clements also have been in the mix. Colleague Joe Schad reported Saturday that Munchak, who Wednesday denied he's a candidate for the Penn State job, has been wrestling with the possibility of returning to his alma mater.