(Sports Network) - New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien will reportedly be the coach responsible for replacing Joe Paterno at Penn State.
O'Brien has agreed to become head coach of the Nittany Lions football team, according to a report late Thursday by ESPN, which said Penn State plans to announce the move Saturday.
O'Brien would replace legendary Paterno, who was dismissed two months ago in the wake of the child sex abuse charges levied against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
Paterno is the FBS level's winningest coach with 409 victories.
Following a two-month process that included numerous possibilities, a search committee headed by interim athletic director David Joyner has apparently decided on O'Brien, 42, who was born when Paterno was in the middle of his fourth season as head coach.
They have little in common, but share a common link: Brown University, where Paterno played and O'Brien also starred and broke into coaching in 1993.
O'Brien coached one more season at Brown before moving on to the ACC, where he spent time as an offensive assistant, then offensive coordinator/assistant head coach at Georgia Tech. He also coached at Maryland and ran the offense at Duke from 2005-2006.
His travels then took him to New England, where he has coached the wide receivers and quarterbacks before calling the plays for the Patriots this season.