Bill O'Brien was on the wish list of at least two NFL teams with head coaching vacancies, but Penn State's coach is staying put.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Thursday night that Penn State's head coach interviewed "this week" with the Cleveland Browns, who fired Pat Shurmur after a 5-11 season. The Philadelphia Inquirer later confirmed that O'Brien had met with the Browns in an undisclosed location.
Later Thursday, several reports, including those from Jason La Canfora of CBS, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Adam Caplan, said that O'Brien, who had also interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles, would stay at Penn State and would not partake in any more interviews.
O'Brien is under contract through the 2020 season after his original five-year deal was automatically extended when the NCAA sanctions against Penn State were delivered in July. If he leaves before this season, he (and his next team) would be required to provide Penn State with a buyout of $18.4 million.
O'Brien won Big Ten Coach of the Year as well as the Maxwell Coach of the Year award after leading the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 season in his first year as a head coach.
He told the Harrisburg Patriot-News in a phone interview late Thursday that he would remain at Penn State at least through the coming season.
"I'm not a one-and-done guy," O'Brien told the 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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