Adam Caplan first reported and several NFL insiders have confirmed that Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien will remain at Penn State in 2013. He had interviewed with a couple NFL teams including the Philadelphia Eagles, but decided to stay in Happy Valley. It has also been reported that Penn State did everything they could to keep O’Brien and were successful.
O’Brien was expected to be a top candidate for the Eagles, Browns and Bills if not all seven teams looking for a new head coach. This will certainly puts the focus on the Browns and Eagles front office on Chip Kelly, who is believed to be the top candidate for both franchises. Kelly will interview with the Browns on Friday and is expected to interview with the Eagles shortly after.
Kelly is not a lock to leave college for the NFL. He was close to leaving last season, but decided to stay in college because he had “unfinished business”. That unfinished business was expected to be Oregon winning a National Championship. That obviously didn’t happen this year and could keep Kelly at Oregon for another season.
With O’Brien staying put and Kelly’s Oregon Ducks finishing up their season Thursday night, expect the race for Kelly to really heat up this weekend.
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