Report: Penn State preps for O'Brien loss, Schiano next?

Report: Penn State preps for O'Brien loss, Schiano next?
December 29, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The rumors and reports continue to pile up surrounding current Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien and the future of the position in State College.

Following an ESPN report Saturday that O'Brien was working to leave Penn State and become the next head coach of the Houston Texans, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport had several new details on Sunday.

Rapoport's string of tweets Sunday morning reported that Penn State is planning for O'Brien to leave. He also said that O'Brien's future might not be in Houston, as ESPN reported, saying that O'Brien would be a candidate for the head-coaching job with the Detroit Lions if it were to become available.

Rapoport also reported that Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner is looking at current Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano to replace O'Brien should the latter make the jump to the NFL.

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Schiano would make for an interesting hire if for no other reason than he was the head coach at Rutgers before joining the Buccaneers. Rutgers makes its debut as a member of the Big Ten next season, and ironically enough, Penn State plays at Rutgers in each team's conference opener.

But while that coincidence is an interesting one, Schiano was apparently looked at by Penn State to replace Joe Paterno when O'Brien took over two years ago, that according to Rapoport. Schiano coached under Paterno, serving as the Lions' defensive backs coach from 1991 to 1995. The job at Rutgers was his first as a head coach, and he spent 11 seasons helming the Scarlet Knights before spending the past two seasons in Tampa Bay.

Things are likely to become much more official in the next few days. The NFL season ends Sunday, with Monday being "Black Monday," the term assigned to the annual day when many NFL coaches lose their jobs.