Report: Penn State coach Bill O'Brien leaving for Texans

Report: Penn State coach Bill O'Brien leaving for Texans
December 31, 2013, 9:30 pm
Vinnie Duber

The Bill O'Brien Era is over at Penn State, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

O'Brien has been rumored to be a leading candidate for several recently vacated NFL head-coaching positions, and a recent report said he was working on a deal with the Texans.

O'Brien took over at Penn State in the wake of Joe Paterno's firing and the Jerry Sandusky scandal, leading the team to 8-4 and 7-5 records in his two seasons amid heavy sanctions that included loss of scholarships and a postseason ban.

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Prior to taking over at Penn State, O'Brien served as the offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots.

O'Brien was named Big Ten Coach of the Year following the 2012 season, and this year, he showed off his offensive prowess, turning true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg into one of the conference's best quarterbacks.

The Texans fired head coach Gary Kubiak before the end of their season, potentially allowing them to get a head start on other teams who also reportedly had interest in O'Brien.

With O'Brien leaving, next season, the Nittany Lions will have their fourth different head coach in five seasons.

Penn State reportedly had already planned for O'Brien's departure and is looking at Greg Schiano as a potential replacement. Schiano was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday. Prior to his time with the Bucs, he was the head coach at Maryland, which will be joining the Big Ten next season.