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Report: Houston Texans, Penn State’s Bill O’Brien working on deal

Bill O'Brien, Paul Jones, Steven Bench AP

Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien recently agreed to interview with the Houston Texans. Apparently O’Brien is the number one guy on the shortlist for the Texans. According to a report, the AFC South team is interested in making O’Brien their next head coach.

Chris Mortensen of reported via Twitter that talks between the Texans and O’Brien have intensified and the Texans “hope to make him the next coach in Houston.” The report by says the two sides are already working on a deal.

This should not come as much of a surprise, of course. O’Brien has seemed destined to take a coaching job in the NFL at some point. It was just a matter of which job would be the one that lures him away from the work he has been doing in State College over the past two seasons.

O’Brien has the mentality to coach at the NFL level, and Houston looks as though it could be a good project for him if he does in fact leave Penn State to coach the Texans.

We will have to wait and see what happens here, but it might be wise for Penn State athletics director David Joyner should start reviewing his short list of potential replacements just in case he needs to make some calls. It was previously reported that Penn State may already have a couple of options checking in if the position does become available. That includes two names out of Tennessee with Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and Tennessee Titans head coach and Penn State alum Mike Munchak.

O’Brien is still the coach for now, and he has made some coaching staff changes this offseason that would suggest he has a plan for 2014, but a chance to coach in the NFL only comes along every so often.

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14 Responses to “Report: Houston Texans, Penn State’s Bill O’Brien working on deal”
  1. eatitfanboy says: Dec 28, 2013 4:47 PM

    O’Brien to Houston, Schiano to PSU.

  2. meatcarroll says: Dec 28, 2013 5:27 PM

    Penn State deserves the death penalty and every bit of misery imaginable. Literally knowingly harbored and enabled a child predator for years and got a slap on the wrist that gets reduced every day, while USC got hosed after a years-long witch hunt that could only find one player (Reggie Bush) accepting illicit benefits 130 miles away from someone wannabe agent unaffiliated with the school. Simply because they were Goliath and the NCAA is THAT petty and grotesquely corrupt.

  3. navyeoddavee9 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:11 PM

    meat: STFU, unless you know what you are talking about!

  4. sfsugator says: Dec 28, 2013 6:20 PM

    Pedi state deserves schiano, and the death penalty

  5. tigersfandan says: Dec 28, 2013 7:06 PM

    meat: It’s getting old.

  6. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 28, 2013 7:08 PM

    OBrien- the what some thought “savior” of the program, used the school as a stepping stone. Who would have thought that, it’s almost like something bad happend there and he can’t get out quick enough.

  7. genevalove says: Dec 28, 2013 7:34 PM

    Hey meathead; go back to columbus and express ur anger @penn state! Jealousy of a school that actually stresses education and redemption is just pitiful!
    We Are!

  8. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 28, 2013 7:53 PM

    You are…. What? In need of a coach?

  9. dutchman1350 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:55 PM

    Having Hackenberg as QB, PSU better get a offensive minded coach.

  10. ningenito78 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:01 PM

    Some genius said:

    Dec 17, 2013, 12:13 AM EST
    Houston and Minnesota are 2 cities more than capable of helping his special needs son. I would say a hell of a lot more than State College, PA. So that reasoning is so silly it sounds like you’re in denial. If the Texans call and offer the money he’s gone. Perfect situation. Going to have either the top pick or close to it for a team not far removed from being a Super Bowl contender. The roster is nowhere near as bad as the other bottom feeding NFL teams. Several Pro Bowl caliber players and high draft picks. In a great city like Houston. Sorry Penn St. You couldn’t ask for a better situation to walk into the NFL under.

  11. genevalove says: Dec 28, 2013 8:48 PM

    Hackenberg could have gone anywhere! Smart,athletically gifted!
    He wanted to be a pennstater for years; didnt care for the many schools who allows their “student athletes” to leave illiterate and unskilled(mike vick,va tech come to mind?)
    What happened with sandusky had absolutely NOTHING to do with fball or players!
    Hackenberg is a winner
    And he is a gift for any coach!
    Now you losers who back schools who allow $$$ from supporters so their” stars “can bring in bowl bucks and eventually join the nat.felony league;
    And yeah we wil be natl. Contenders!
    See you next year,ohio state!

  12. genevalove says: Dec 28, 2013 9:38 PM

    Hey meatcarroll;
    you a petey/USC crony? Heard petey left when he was caught up in recruiting violations. Guess cheating is ok with ur kind!,only if a dirty old man from penn state is the perp( nothing to do with fball,meathead; is it death penalty activity! )
    How many street thugs did carroll give $$$,cars,women,drugs to?
    Fcking hypocrite!

  13. normtide says: Dec 29, 2013 1:41 AM

    I have been all over PSU for the scandal. But, for USC and OSU fans, the cover up is what gets you. If coaches at those schools were straight forward, it would have been a wrist slap. PSU was heavily punished. Stop acting like USC was treated like a step child. Accept it and move on.

  14. tobeexact says: Dec 30, 2013 9:10 AM

    Hey fudgepacker ,i mean meathead.
    First of all your one of a handful of left over meat loafers who still have it stuck in their tiny little brains that penn state committed any ncaa violations,how tiny is your brain, well its so small that if you took your brain , multiplied it a billion times and stuck it on the edge of a razor blade it would look like a bb rolling down a four lane highway.
    Do I think usc and ohio st got hosed compared to other schools who actually committed ncaa violations,absolutely, schools like south carolina,north carolina,auburn,oregon to bane a few who because they stated they did there own investigation and fixed the problem basically got off with a slap on the wrist when the vioations were alot worse then usc or ohio st,but dont even try and compare penn state with yours when even mr. Emmeret has stated himself that there were no ncaa violations but that he felt he had to give them sanctions. And for what I really wanted to post ,obrien needs to put up or shut up,or penn state should can him even if he doesnt take an nfl job. The kids that stayed did so because obien preached about being a man and honoring ur committement because you only have your word as to who you are in life. But he has a killer five year contract and so far both years he has been there he has taken nfl interviews,i say let him go now and hire someone who will at.least want to be there for the entire contract.
    I say go after al golden or gruden not schiano, all the sanctions are going away and the job is now alot easier.

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