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O'Brien pulling double duty

---For the past two weeks, New England offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien has lived at the intersection of two of the biggest stories in sports — the awkward transition of Penn State’s legendary football program after the child molestation scandal that forced out Joe Paterno, and the NFL playoffs, which feature the Patriots’ march to Super Bowl XLVI.

O’Brien’s position, potentially, compromises the two organizations. When he was introduced as Penn State’s coach Jan. 7, O’Brien described the balance this way: “There is no way that I can stand up in front of our football team and our recruits and talk about loyalty and commitment and then leave the Patriots in the middle of a playoff run.”

---Rodney McKissic



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