It appears Hackenberg is 50-50 on whether he will transfer or return to PSU. Per his father, it is not a given that Hackenberg will return to campus or class until a replacement coach has been found. He will then decide his next steps from there. Hackenberg's father went on to say: "Right now the plan is to continue to move forward and like a lot of kids right now it’s lets see what happens,” Erick said. “We’re hopeful it happens quickly and until we have all the information we have to wait. I’m not saying he will or won’t (return) and that sounds bad, but it’s neutral. He’s still enrolled at Penn State, still loves the school but hopefully in the next 7-to-10 days, maybe 14 days we’re able to get all the facts.”
The word on PSU message boards is that Hackenberg was very close with coach O'Brien, and O'Brien was really his sole mentor.
This could be interesting to see how this situation unfolds, especially if O'Connor de-commits.