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January 3, 2013Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien is sticking with the NIttany Lions, multiple reports stated Thursday night, and the school confirmed shortly thereafter.
Though he'd interviewed with both the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, NFL reporter Jasan La Canfora of CBSSports.com first broke the news that O'Brien would be returning.
"Bill O'Brien is staying at Penn State after NFL pursuit," La Canfora said via Twitter.
The breaking news Thursday night ended a turbulent 48 hour news cycle surrounding O'Brien's status with Penn State after his Big Ten Coach of the Year performance in his first season as a head coach.
Taking over in January following a months-long coaching search, O'Brien guided the NIttany Lions to an 8-4 season.
"I'm not a one-and-done guy," said O'Brien to Dave Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News. "I made a commitment to these players at Penn State and that's what I am going to do. I'm not gonna cut and run after one year, that's for sure."
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