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08:18 AM ET 01.02 | According to a report over the weekend, Penn State has identified Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien as the coach it wants to succeed Joe Paterno. The two sides are expected to meet this week to try to work out a deal. With New England getting ready to head into its bye week before the AFC divisional playoffs, and with Penn State's season finishing up Monday against Houston in the TicketCity Bowl, the school is expected to intensify its efforts to hire O'Brien. ... Penn State has been eyeing, scouting and honing in on the 42-year-old O'Brien throughout the past month, sources said. He fits the profile of the head coach Penn State has been seeking.

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January 2, 2012  08:41 AM ET

...and the monkeys on the bed are jumping up and down, up and down, up and down...............

January 2, 2012  09:00 AM ET

And the Dr said..."No more monkeys jumping on the bed!!!"

January 2, 2012  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And the Dr said..."No more monkeys jumping on the bed!!!"

And the Dr. said "no more Penn State threads."

January 2, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Grandkids come by for the holiday?

LOL

January 2, 2012  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

And the Dr. said "no more Penn State threads."

LOL...good one

January 2, 2012  09:16 AM ET

He fits the profile of the head coach Penn State has been seeking.

So have 100 other candidates, that have said, "NO, thanks"!

January 2, 2012  09:19 AM ET

What the h ell does "honing in" mean? Did the writer mean "homing in"? Illiteracy. Jesus.

January 2, 2012  09:21 AM ET

Where the hell did Doc comment about no more Penn State threads go?

January 2, 2012  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

And the Dr. said "no more Penn State threads."

Whoop, there it is. This is like the twilight zone today!

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January 2, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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Please refresh my memory but have any other Pats OC's ever tried being a college HC and how did that go? I can't recall.

Sarcasm winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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January 2, 2012  10:45 AM ET

Don't do it. Biggest mistake you'll ever make

January 2, 2012  11:00 AM ET
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Phrasal Verb: hone in1. To move or advance toward a target or goal: The missiles honed in on the military installation.2. To direct one's attention; focus: The lawyer honed in on the gist of the plaintiff's testimony.I really don't see the problem with using the word.

Me either...that's the phrase we use in the sticks...but we've been known to butcher the King's English.

January 2, 2012  12:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Phrasal Verb: hone in1. To move or advance toward a target or goal: The missiles honed in on the military installation.2. To direct one's attention; focus: The lawyer honed in on the gist of the plaintiff's testimony.I really don't see the problem with using the word.

Not get technical - this is a sports thread - but you did throw down the gauntlet:

From Merriam-Webster: "(The phrase is considered a mistake for 'home in.") It may have arisen from home in by the weakening of the \m\ sound to \n\ or may perhaps simply be due to the influence of hone. Though it seems to have established itself in American English (and mention in a British usage book suggests it is used in British English too), your use of it especially in writing is likely to be called a mistake. Home in or in figurative use zero in does nicely."

And from "About.com: Grammar and Compostion": "home in, not hone in, is the correct phrase. In the 19th century, the metaphor referred to what homing pigeons do; by the early 20th century, it referred also to what aircraft and missiles do. ... a missile homes in (not hones in) on a target. Hone means "to sharpen." The verb home means "to move toward a goal" or "to be guided to a target."

It is what is commonly called a "malaprop." People like George Plimpton started using the phrase in writing; people like George W. Bush continued to use "hone in" for "home in." (He also says/said "nucular" for "nuclear.")

January 2, 2012  12:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Not get technical - this is a sports thread - but you did throw down the gauntlet:From Merriam-Webster: "(The phrase is considered a mistake for 'home in.") It may have arisen from home in by the weakening of the \m\ sound to \n\ or may perhaps simply be due to the influence of hone. Though it seems to have established itself in American English (and mention in a British usage book suggests it is used in British English too), your use of it especially in writing is likely to be called a mistake. Home in or in figurative use zero in does nicely."And from "About.com: Grammar and Compostion": "home in, not hone in, is the correct phrase. In the 19th century, the metaphor referred to what homing pigeons do; by the early 20th century, it referred also to what aircraft and missiles do. ... a missile homes in (not hones in) on a target. Hone means "to sharpen." The verb home means "to move toward a goal" or "to be guided to a target."It is what is commonly called a "malaprop." People like George Plimpton started using the phrase in writing; people like George W. Bush continued to use "hone in" for "home in." (He also says/said "nucular" for "nuclear.")

English teacher?

January 2, 2012  12:49 PM ET
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English teacher?

Nope. Sports fan and proponent of clear, meaningful English.

January 2, 2012  12:53 PM ET

Nope. Sports fan and proponent of good, clear English.

 
January 2, 2012  12:54 PM ET

Sorry. Glitch.

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