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Report: Bill O’Brien reaches agreement to coach Houston Texans

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ESPN is reporting on Tuesday night that Penn State coach Bill O’Brien has reached an agreement to become the new coach of the NFL’s Houston Texans.

This has been in the works for a while and, if true, it means O’Brien will leave Happy Valley with a two-year record of 15-9, an altogether admirable record considering the turmoil surrounding the program when he arrived.

Now the speculation begins over who Penn State will hire. A recent report suggested Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano would be a top target. James Franklin of Vanderbilt could also get some consideration.

Whatever the case, the timing isn’t great for the Nittany Lions, who are smack dab in the middle of recruiting season. They’ll need to get a coach in place soon to avert a total recruiting disaster.

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36 Responses to “Report: Bill O’Brien reaches agreement to coach Houston Texans”
  1. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 31, 2013 10:31 PM

    who is Tom Schiano?Nice work idiots

  2. lurch61 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:32 PM

    Tom Schiano? Is that Greg’s brother?

  3. waynefontes says: Dec 31, 2013 10:34 PM

    Thomas D. Schiano, M.D., is an American specialist in liver transplantation, intestinal transplantation and in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic liver disease.

    He serves as Associate Editor for the journals Hepatology and Liver Transplantation and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts and more than 20 book chapters.

    Oh, wait you meant Greg Schiano?

  4. meatcarroll says: Dec 31, 2013 10:35 PM

    Good. Penn State deserves every bit of misery it can get. Never forget the helpless little boys that serial pedophile Jerry Sandusky violated with the assistance of that scumbag Paterno and school officials.

  5. joewilliesshnoz says: Dec 31, 2013 10:37 PM

    With Schiano, it’ll turn into Rutgers St., expect nothing more than a New Jersey all-star team.

  6. afrancis55 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:39 PM

    I thought everybody knew that Tom Schiano is Greg Schiano evil twin that was separated from him at birth

  7. 2ndand20 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:53 PM

    First 3 comments bashing an obvious mistake. Lovely.


    This is a great example of a coach doing what they all seem to do now. Lie flat out.

    Don’t tell a recruit “I’m not leaving” if you know you MIGHT!

    just tell him “Look, I love this place, but my future and career could take me away from here, but that’s yet to be determined” Or something else that conveys you COULD stay, but nothing’s been decided.

    Why lie?!?

    Plus, why is the NFL all over this guy? Sure, he held together a program in horrible circumstances, but they were not good at all this year, and don’t look too promising.

    This feels more like a guy using a school to get a bigger job that I’m not sure he’s earned, and doing and saying what he must till that happens.

    PSU committed to this guy. You can’t say they didn’t try to make it clear they wanted him to stay a long time, and they made it tough financially to leave, until he asked them to lower the buyout. Which was total cowardly and idiotic. I would have told him to shove it.

  8. 2ndand20 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:55 PM

    I expect Penn State to get what the plan seemed to be awhile ago.

    Schiano. He was waiting for the job to open but had a chance at an NFL job. Fumbled it, and now the world gets to right itself. At least in his world and PSU’s really.

    Both should be a good fit.

  9. realfootballfan says: Dec 31, 2013 11:01 PM


    Actually, he took the Buc job in the off-season that the pedophillia came to light, so that sounds about right for the character of Schiano. He’s been waiting for the job for years, but he sure didn’t want to do any of the heavy lifting involved with it after the sky was falling on them. For people criticizing O’Brien, get a grip. He took a better job. I don’t see the appeal personally, but he’s just as qualified as most of the other people who get NFL jobs.

  10. vols84 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:28 PM

    James Franklin is in the middle of covering up a rape scandal at Vandy. Doubt he has time to interview.

  11. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Dec 31, 2013 11:37 PM

    Penn State fans: Rhythmically slapped. Sanduskied by O’Brien.

  12. 2ndand20 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:37 PM


    O’Brien told a kid a couple days before today he’s NOT leaving.

    What is a lie exactly?

    Schiano took an NFL job and you are bashing him? Instead of O’Brien?

    Ok. Good logic.

    O’Brien is well within his right to take a better job, but when he’s lying to a recruit, that’s wrong. Read what I wrote, that’s what I was speaking about and the fact PSU committed to him.

  13. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Dec 31, 2013 11:38 PM

    Penn State Nittany Stepping Stones

  14. teambringitstrong says: Dec 31, 2013 11:53 PM

    Well, I declare.

  15. realfootballfan says: Jan 1, 2014 12:04 AM


    You people act like these young men are 12 or something. I think they understand the deal and can make their own decisions. It’s not the eve of signing day, it’s a whole month away. Anyone who has been recruited will tell you that they pick the school, not the coach.

  16. joerevs300 says: Jan 1, 2014 12:07 AM

    Well, I mean I’m shocked!

    You mean ANOTHER college coach lied to recruits when they knew damn well they were about to leave for another job that pays more/has higher visibility???

    A coaches word means NOTHING anymore at the college level. Period, end of story.

    All I can say is, I cannot wait until the Texans visit Heinz Field in 2014. I am sure Steeler fans will have a nice beatdown prepared and he will have wished he stayed in Happy Valley.

    Sidebar 1: He’s lucky he’ll be going into the AFC South; if there’s one division he can win, it’s that one.
    Sidebar 2: Amazing that for a few million dollars he would throw away the chance to be revered FOREVER in Penn State lore for being the coach that bridged the gap between one of the most humiliating and unspeakable events EVER in college athletics (or college period) into a new era of success for Penn State. Now, he’ll just be a villain, the guy who lied straight-faced to a recruit the day before taking an NFL job.

  17. realfootballfan says: Jan 1, 2014 12:10 AM

    Also, I was criticizing Schiano because everyone knows that’s been his dream job forever, but when it was right in his face to take, he ran like a coward the other way because he didn’t want to deal with what was coming to Penn State. That’s real noble. It’s strange that you think that’s fine, but you have criticisms for a guy taking a better job at the pinnacle of his profession. If it was right before signing day or a couple of days after these young men signed letters of intent, I’d be right there with you, but it’s the dead period of recruiting. Also, I think every recruit he’s talked to was aware that he sat for interviews with the Browns and Eagles a year ago. I don’t think they thought that was just for fun. According to you guys, they need to pudate everyone on their next career move and never aspire to change jobs unless they get everyone’s blessing first.

  18. realfootballfan says: Jan 1, 2014 12:14 AM


    Nice that you get to tell him what’s important to him. Who cares if his dream has always been to head an NFL team? Penn State fan says you need to stay there forever because Joe Paterno didn’t know when to leave. Good for you PSU fans, Greg Schiano will never leave. So quit your whining.

  19. 700levelvet says: Jan 1, 2014 1:55 AM

    I’m sure O’Brien is terrified at the thought of going to Heinz Field..Ha Ha. Steelers fans are by far the biggest morons on the planet.

  20. normtide says: Jan 1, 2014 3:00 AM

    Ty realfootballfan. The man took what is a dream job for him, the NFL. Is it wrong to change jobs? He actually did PSU a service trying to keep recruits in the fold. He was still working hard for PSU, up to the last minute. Not to mention taking the job and staying two years, before the sanctions were reduced. He did the heavy lifting for the next coach. Plus, he did the job well for two years. Say thank you and move forward. Stop acting like a jilted prom date. Coaching is a job, coaches are not members of the fan base.

  21. mattlion says: Jan 1, 2014 3:07 AM

    As a Penn State alum, I have no problem with what Bill O’Brien is doing. Now’s his chance to be a head man in the pros. You take it. So what if he’s “lying” to recruits – this type of thing is going on all over college football.

    Lying to recruits is less of an offense than lying about child rape.

    He helped keep the program, and to some extent, the entire athletic department, stable during a chaotic and difficult period. Keep in mind PSU’s President and AD are still “interim”. Had those positions been locked down, BoB may not have left for greener pastures.

  22. boomgrounder says: Jan 1, 2014 3:27 AM

    I think PSU fans should thank Coach O’Brien for saving their football program. I give the guy a lot of credit for taking the job after knowing what had taken place at the University. He coached 2 years and I thought the fans in Happy Valley were happy with the job that he was doing. You can’t fault the guy for moving on. I think as the years go by PSU fans will be able to look back and appreciate what O’Brien did for your school.

  23. ningenito78 says: Jan 1, 2014 4:17 AM

    @joerevs3000- hi it’s 2013. Nice to meet you.

  24. ratherbpickin says: Jan 1, 2014 9:18 AM

    In most other professions people take the best job they can get and are smart to do it the best they can. Why is O’Brien’s career different?

    There has been a sense in State College that whoever gets the PSU football coaching job will be here forever. It’s the Paterno effect, and it’s wrong. There won’t be another 50 year coach in sports. It’s a different world.

    Also, maybe O’Brien beat Schiano for the job. Maybe SCH piano knew there was no chance he would get it. An non alumni outsider was the perfect choice two years ago. PSU needed someone with no ties to Paterno. Guess what? That is still the case. Schiano is not a lock.

    Think of O’Brien as a tough NFL guy who guided the team through the media frenzy that was occurring when he was hired. He was an interim head coach that got the team over the hump.

  25. ratherbpickin says: Jan 1, 2014 9:19 AM

    Damn auto correct. What the hell is a SCH piano?

  26. waynefontes says: Jan 1, 2014 10:00 AM

    2ndand20 says:
    Dec 31, 2013 10:53 PM
    First 3 comments bashing an obvious mistake. Lovely.



    It’s called proofreading.

    Maybe you have lower standards, but I would hope that bloggers and journalists can at least get the names right.

    And this is from the same person who said Ego Ferguson was suspended from the Outback Bowl when in fact he has medical issues.

    Don’t believe me? Look at that post and then look at the source.

    I’m glad that some people on here have higher standards when it comes to journalism than you.

    You might be ignorant, but the rest of us actually like accurate proofreading. We also like accurate information as well.

  27. skarekrow73 says: Jan 1, 2014 10:58 AM

    Everyone is talking about Schiano as the next PSU coach, but what about Mike Munchak?

  28. dkhhuey says: Jan 1, 2014 11:45 AM

    Let the pilfering of PSU recruits begin!!!

  29. bballnut50 says: Jan 1, 2014 12:46 PM

    Actually a addition by subtraction for PSU. This guy spent the last year looking to get out. Better days are ahead. Go Big Ten!

  30. dirtyharry1971 says: Jan 1, 2014 2:43 PM

    Steeler fans better be worried about their own team, 8-8 the last two seasons and the future don’t look any better. They will be lucky to go 8-8 next year with that team and pretty soon they will be the 4th best team in the central, good luck with that!

    joerevs300 says:
    Jan 1, 2014 12:07 AM

    Well, I mean I’m shocked!

    You mean ANOTHER college coach lied to recruits when they knew damn well they were about to leave for another job that pays more/has higher visibility???

    A coaches word means NOTHING anymore at the college level. Period, end of story.

    All I can say is, I cannot wait until the Texans visit Heinz Field in 2014. I am sure Steeler fans will have a nice beatdown prepared and he will have wished he stayed in Happy Valley.

  31. realfootballfan says: Jan 1, 2014 5:57 PM


    Think we’re in agreement on this one. That’s the other idiots calling him out for taking a better job in the dead time of recruiting season, whereas the guy who’s professed to anyone who will listen that PSU has been his dream job sure didn’t run to interview for it 2 years ago, instead opting to wreck the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 2 years while O’Brien put in all the hard work.

  32. jerrahsucks says: Jan 1, 2014 7:26 PM

    If Penn ST. hires that idiot Schiano, then the deserve everything Sandusky and Paterno did to them.

  33. eightysixisback says: Jan 1, 2014 9:16 PM

    I think we should see what happens between now and next season before we say he saved the program at PSU. He did a great job for two years and i don’t think anyone really could have done a better job. Yesterday the program was definitely in better shape than when he took the job. I wouldn’t be so sure that it will be in two months. If they lose the majority of the kids he recruited it is going to it is going to damage the program for at least a couple years. I liked what he did with the team and i definitely felt that PSU should do whatever they can to keep him. I understand that lying to recruits is common practice but that doesn’t mean it is right. Part of the reason it does happen so much is that everyone just says, hey it happens all the time and accepts it. He has a right to take whatever job he wishes but the fact that any or every college coach does it does not mean it’s okay or not a big deal. Lets see what happens with the recruits and how many years this sets the team back before we say he saved the program.

  34. 12strikes says: Jan 1, 2014 9:20 PM

    Ignorance thy name is meatcarroll

  35. vafootballfan says: Jan 2, 2014 12:31 AM

    If Penn State wouldn’t have agreed to drop his buyout from $19.33 million to $6.5 million we probably wouldn’t be having this discussion. So if they really wanted to keep him they wouldn’t have been so DUMB.

  36. vegasdestroyer says: Jan 4, 2014 6:19 AM

    After four losing seasons with the Houston Texans, BOB the windshield smasher was forcibly evicted from his office. BOB yelled:

    “You can print this: I don’t really give a [expletive] what the ‘Rick Smith people’ think about what I do with this program. So I could really care less about what the Rick Smith faction of people, or whatever you call them, think about what I do with the program. I’m tired of it. For any ‘Rick Smith person’ to have any objection to what I’m doing, it makes me wanna put my fist through this windshield right now.”

    Of course, the Texan fans have learned not to believe anything BOB says.

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