Is O'Brien set to land at Penn State?

After missing out on reported top target Mike Munchak, Penn State may have landed another NFL coach to take over as Joe Paterno's permanent replacement.

Sources told ESPN Sunday that the university wants to hire New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien as head coach and that the two sides are expected to meet this week to try to iron out a deal.

The 42-year-old O'Brien is a Brown graduate who is in his fifth season with the Patriots and in his first season as offensive coordinator. He has been an assistant coach in college at Brown, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday that Penn State's search committee had targeted Munchak, the Tennessee Titans head coach, as its top choice, but Munchak stated that he wasn't leaving Tennessee. A source told ESPN Saturday, however, that Munchak was reconsidering taking over at his alma mater.

Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements is set to interview again this week after discussing the job on a conference call and Skype. Interim coach Tom Bradley denied that he would interview for a second time this week.

It will be interesting to see if O'Brien does indeed land the job, or if a new (or old) name emerges as the Nittany Lions' long search continues to unfold.

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