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Pats' O'Brien expected to join Penn State, cancels Jags meeting

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New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is fully expected to reach a deal to become coach at Penn State and he has canceled a Saturday interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

O'Brien, 42, continued discussions at State College on Friday after beginning his interview Thursday.

Both sides anticipate a deal coming together this weekend and the Patriots are making preparations to replace O'Brien, with Josh McDaniels in line to quickly take over offensive coordinator duties if need be.

McDaniels began his career as an assistant in New England in 2001. He was later elevated to offensive coordinator in 2006, before leaving to take Denver's head coaching job in 2009.

The Penn State job came open in November when longtime coach Joe Paterno was fired over the handling of child sex-abuse allegations against former assistant Jerry Sandusky.

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