Report: Houston Texans to name Penn State’s Bill O’Brien next head coach
Texans are expected to introduce Bill O'Brien as their new head coach by Saturday, per sources.—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 01, 2014
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.