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Search underway for PSU coach

Before he was introduced by the Houston Texans as head coach, Penn State officials congratuled Bill O’Brien on his move back to the NFL.

Athletics director Dave Joyner said Thursday that a national search is underway and confirmed O’Brien’s contract buyout to leave the university was between $6.5 million and $6.7 million.

According to Joyner “several prominent coaches” reached out to Penn State to inquire about replacing O’Brien. Candidates reportedly include Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano and potentially Mack Brown, who stepped down at Texas.

“We intend to move quickly in our search to identify the next great Penn State football coach,” Joyner added.

Defensive line coach Larry Johnson will serve as interim head coach while the search is underway, Joyner said, and could also be considered for the permanent coaching job if he is interested.

Wideouts to enter NFL Draft

Wide receivers Mike Evans of Texas A&M, Brandin Cooks of Oregon State and Allen Robinson of Penn State decided Thursday to make themselves eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Evans (6-5, 225) is rated as the No. 2 wide receiver and the No. 10 overall prospect by The redshirt sophomore is projected as a first-round pick in May.

Cooks (5-10, 185) is ranked as the No. 7 wide receiver and 38th overall in the projected 2014 draft by Robinson (6-3, 210) is rated as the No. 4 wide receiver and 33rd overall.