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Penn State Head Coach Bill O’Brien to Fill Vacant Houston Texan Head Coaching Position


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The Houston Texans and the University of Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien have come an agreement to terms to bring the two year head coach down to the lone star state.  O’Brien flew into Houston on Wednesday, and Penn State sent out a release Thursday announcing O’Brien’s move to the Texans.

This move capped off a whirlwind career climb for the 44-year-old O’Brien (Pictured on the left), who spent time as Duke’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach as recently as 2006.  He worked his way up through offensive jobs in the New England Patriots organization, taking over as coordinator in 2011.  His most memorable moment of his career in New England was when he was involved in a shouting match with the league MVP Tom Brady.  Next O’Brien took the job as head coach at Penn State as he went 15-9 in two seasons, resurrecting a program that was decimated following the Jerry Sandusky scandal and NCAA sanctions.

Now O’Brien will try and turn around a franchise that just finished matching it’s worst record in team history.  The Texans under Gary Kubiak finished the year at 2-14, losing their final 14 games, and quickly became one of the most dysfunctional teams in the NFL.  Bill O’Brien will have his hands full as he tries to bring his new team out of the cellar that they currently sit in.  He does have this year’s draft going for him though as Houston has the number one overall pick.

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