Agent: Pats assistant O'Brien interviews at PSU

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien was interviewing Thursday for the vacant Penn State head-coaching position, his agent said.

Agent Joe Linta told The Associated Press that O'Brien was "flattered by the interest."

USA Today first reported that O'Brien was scheduled to interview, citing an unidentified person with knowledge of the situation.

In his first year coordinating the Patriots' high-scoring offense, O'Brien has also coached star quarterback Tom Brady since 2009. He spent 2008 coaching receivers.

O'Brien first joined New England in 2007 following 14 seasons on the collegiate level, including stops at Duke, Maryland and Georgia Tech. He played college football at Brown -- Joe Paterno's alma mater.

Paterno was fired two months ago in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.