Penn State plans to meet Thursday with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien about its coaching vacancy, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who cited a source familiar with the process.
Penn State has identified O'Brien as the coach it wants to succeed Joe Paterno, the ESPN report said. O'Brien is in the final year of his contract with the Patriots.
Big payday for Petersen
Boise State's Chris Petersen officially joined college football's $2 million coaching club on Wednesday.
The state board of education voted unanimously to give Petersen a $375,000 raise for 2012, the first step toward replacing his old contract with a new five-year deal designed to keep him in Boise through January 2017.