New coach, old questions as PSU opens spring ball

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- New coach, same question at quarterback at Penn State.

Coach Bill O'Brien pronounced an open competition for the starting quarterback job with spring practice starting Monday for the Nittany Lions.

It's the first time Penn State is opening spring drills without the late Joe Paterno as head coach in nearly a half-century. Paterno, who died in January, was ousted by school trustees in November in the aftermath of a child sex abuse scandal against a retired assistant coach.

The former New England Patriots offensive coordinator, O'Brien has been on the job at Penn State now for nearly three months. He said he will install the "core" of the Patriots high-powered offense at Penn State. Matt McGloin, Rob Bolden and Paul Jones are vying for the quarterback job.