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Penn State Football: O'Brien Set For Big Ten Return At Iowa Football Camp

by on February 17, 2014 5:27 PM

Bill O'Brien will be making a brief return to Big Ten football at a University of Iowa coaching clinic according to the university.

The former Penn State head coach and now head coach of the Houston Texans will be the featured keynote speaker at a University of Iowa coaching clinic held March 28 and 29 in Iowa City.

O'Brien will be one of 11 coaches speaking at the event which is held for high school coaches. The full event roster for the first of seven Iowa camps can be read here.

While the connection may seem random on the surface, O'Brien coached with Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz while in New England. The two have maintained a relationship over the years and Ferentz (son of head coach Kirk Ferentz) was reportedly set to join O'Brien in Houston as a member of O'Brien's staff. O'Brien would ultimately hire Paul Dunn rather than Ferentz.

Penn State has not announced any details regarding upcoming coaching clinics and skills camps due in large part to the recent introduction of new head coach James Franklin. Last year, Patriot's offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was a keynote speaker at Penn State's camp. Prior to O'Brien's departure, Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick was rumored to have a similar role as McDaniels at an upcoming coaching clinic.

When camp information is posted, it can be accessed here.

It's unlikely that O'Brien's address will feature highlights from Penn State's 38-14 victory in Iowa City during the 2012 season.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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