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Media outlets report O'Brien to Texans a done deal

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien directs his team during the second half of their spring game Saturday, April 20, 2013.

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By From Staff and Wire Reports

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, 11:27 p.m.

Multiple media outlets, including ESPN and CBS Sports, are reporting that Bill O'Brien has a deal in place to become the next head coach of the NFL's Houston Texans.

The reports, based on unnamed sources, also state that the Penn State football coach will be announced by the end of the week to replace Gary Kubiak, fired Dec. 6.

O'Brien has led Penn State to a 15-9 record and has secured several highly regarded recruits during his time at the school despite dealing with crippling NCAA sanctions put into place in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

O'Brien's pedigree as an offensive assistant with the New England Patriots — he coached in two Super Bowls over five seasons there — helped cement his reputation as NFL head coach material.

His status in the industry has grown in keeping Penn State afloat — and winning — while playing with about three-quarters of the scholarship players as its opponents. O'Brien kept the vast majority of the team together despite NCAA sanctions allowing open transferring from July 2012 until the start of this past training camp.



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