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BOT news: The Board of Trustees began two days of meetings Thursday in Hershey, and there’s plenty to talk about. The ongoing debate over potential governance reform continued, while there was progress on the move toward the creation of an official student trustee. Our Lori Shontz ’91, ’13g is in Hershey covering the meetings; for more detailed coverage, check back soon.
Hoops on a high: The Nittany Lions enjoyed their trip to Chicago last night, walloping Northwestern, 59-32, in Evanston. The Wildcats’ tally marked the fewest points scored by any Big Ten team this season, and with the win, Penn State moved to .500 on the season. Meanwhile, the top-seeded Lady Lions were set to open Big Ten tournament play today at noon against eighth seed Ohio State. They’ll do so knowing that senior guard Maggie Lucas has been named a finalist for the Wooden Award as national player of the year.
Three for the hall: Three standouts from Penn State’s 1986 national championship team are on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame. Shane Conlan ’86, DJ Dozier ’01, and Steve Wisniewski ’89 are up for induction, with the class set to be announced in May.
Ryan Jones, senior editor
Nearly 24 hours after his hiring was reported by the media, and nearly two months after Joe Paterno’s six-decade tenure came to an end, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien on Friday was officially announced as the 15th head coach in Penn State football history.
O’Brien, who reportedly signed a five-year contract, will be introduced Saturday morning in a press conference at the Nittany Lion Inn. The press conference will be carried live at 11:30 a.m. on Big Ten Network and BTN.com.
O’Brien, 42, is wrapping up his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Patriots, his first NFL team after 14 seasons as a college assistant. (There’s a nice career summary here.) His first coaching gig was as an assistant at Brown, his alma mater. Of course, Brown is Joe Paterno’s alma mater, as well.