Bill O’Brien to BC: How former Penn State football coach flees Ohio State, goes home

Bill O’Brien won’t be making a Penn State football reunion stop this fall, after all.

Less than a month after deciding to lead Ohio State’s offense — and being scheduled to coach in Beaver Stadium for the first time in more than a decade — O’Brien has bolted to lead another college program.

He’s going back to his hometown, as the new head coach of the Boston College Eagles. The move comes after BC’s Jeff Hafley left to become defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers. Cementing O’Brien’s week-long rumored deal to BC was first reported Friday by ESPN.

Turns out he’s leaving Ohio State before even coaching his first spring practice.

Aug 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Bill O’Brien watches over quarterback Mac Jones (10) and the offense during the warm up period before a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

O’Brien has been successful everywhere he’s gone — whether leading offenses and coaching quarterbacks in the NFL and in college or leading a program.

His coaching career began to lift off in the NFL, nearly two decades ago now, as New England’s offensive coordinator and QB coach for Tom Brady. O’Brien, a Boston native, helped lead the Patriots to the Super Bowl in 2011 before departing for Penn State.

O’Brien rejoined the Patriots last year for a short-lived reunion under longtime mentor Bill Belichick.

In between, O’Brien famously helped lead Penn State from the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and NCAA sanctions, was head coach of the Houston Texan and worked under Nick Saban at Alabama.

At Houston, he won four AFC South titles — one of just three NFL teams to do that from 2015-2019.

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Publish date : 2024-02-09 17:01:27

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