Report: Penn State meeting with O'Brien

Posted: January 05, 2012

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.

In six seasons at Boise State, Petersen has led the Broncos to a 73-6 record. This year, the Broncos finished 12-1 and clobbered Arizona State, 56-24, in the Maaco Bowl in Las Vegas.

Michigan enjoys No. 11

It had been quite a while since Michigan won a BCS bowl, and the Wolverines savored it Tuesday night.

Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime, lifting No. 13 Michigan to a 23-20 win over 17th-ranked Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

The win capped an impressive debut season for coach Brady Hoke, who led the Wolverines (11-2 overall) back to prominence with their first BCS bowl victory since the 2000 Orange Bowl.

New post for Patterson

Pittsburgh interim football coach Keith Patterson was named defensive coordinator at Arkansas State.

Head coach Gus Malzahn announced Patterson's hiring on Wednesday.

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