Posted January 01, 2014

Report: Houston Texans to name Penn State’s Bill O’Brien next head coach

Bill O'Brien, Penn State Nittany Lions
(MCT via Getty Images)

Bill O’Brien went 8-4 in his first season at Penn State, and he went 7-5 in 2013. (MCT via Getty Images)

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien has reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the NFL’s Houston Texans, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen report.

The move had been rumored earlier this week, when sources told Mortensen the two sides were working on a deal to make O’Brien the Texans’ next head coach. O’Brien will replace Gary Kubiak, who was fired earlier this month.

Houston is set to introduce O’Brien by this weekend.

O’Brien, an assistant with the New England Patriots from 2007 to ’12, wrapped his second season at Penn State this fall. The coach was the Big Ten’s Coach of the Year in 2012, when he replaced longtime coach Joe Paterno following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. In the thick of heavy NCAA sanctions, O’Brien went 8-4 in his first season in Happy Valley and 7-5 in 2013.

O’Brien’s name surfaced in connections to NFL jobs after his first season at Penn State in 2012, but the school lowered his buyout to join an NFL team from $19.33 million to $6.48 million as a condition for his return this season, the report states.

7 comments
dandogwood
dandogwood

Bill O'Brien is an ungrateful bum.

Gandoffthewise
Gandoffthewise

Bill is a great coach.  I'm really glad to see him get away from our National Disgrace.....Penn State.  Good luck Bill!

CraigWachs
CraigWachs

he's a liar , just last week he told a recruit he was staying, i would never hire a man like that

Cool
Cool

This will go down as another "Lane Kiffen type" hire.  He may have been a good assistant, he may have taken over the reigns of a school in trouble and looked ok a couple of years, but he is not head coach material.  Houston, we have a problem.

TomGahres
TomGahres

@Cool It is curious to me to see how well he'll do when he doesn't get his own way at Houston.  It will be interesting to see if he will get in a similar situation as the former Redskins' coach.  I question how some of the players may react garnering multi-million dollar contracts and careers who thinks mostly of himself, perhaps as the Napoleon of football coaches.  It will also be interesting to see if the ownership of the Texans would dare ask him to do anything more than coach football as that was one of the reasons given to leave PS.

Gray
Gray

Texans sealed their fate as a loser with this hire.