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Reports: Texans considering Penn State's O'Brien

Bill O'Brien, Texans Working On Deal

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Texans have interviewed Penn State's Bill O'Brien about their vacant head coaching job and he has emerged as a leading candidate, according to media reports.

Houston team owner Bob McNair told The Houston Chronicle on Saturday night: "The process has been underway, and it continues. The process isn't over. We have other candidates to interview next week."

The paper reports O'Brien met with McNair and general manager Rick Smith last week, and also has interviewed former Bears coach Lovie Smith and interim coach Wade Phillips.

ESPN reported, citing unidentified sources, that O'Brien is the "overwhelming favorite" to become the Texans' coach.

O'Brien is 15-9 at Penn State, guiding the Nittany Lions through two winning seasons despite severe NCAA sanctions. Before following Joe Paterno at Penn State, he spent five years (2007-11) as an offensive assistant with the New England Patriots.

The 44-year-old O'Brien drew interest from the NFL last year, interviewing with Cleveland and Philadelphia before deciding to stay at Penn State. His contract was re-worked after last season and the buyout if he were to leave for an NFL job was lowered to about $6.5 million.

Text and phone messages left for O'Brien and Penn State athletic director David Joyner by The Associated Press were not immediately returned.

The Texans (2-13) fired coach Gary Kubiak this month and have lost 13 straight games.

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BOB GROVICH December 29 2013 at 2:01 PM

Awful he would consider leavng Penn State at this time. No loyalty from coaches.
He stated that he was there for terms of contract and yet last year(after 1st year) he spoke to two pro clubs.
Let him go, says this fan of over 65 years and a penna native.

Hope Penn State does not keep him now after he broke his promises to all those players and recurits.. He does not deserve to be a Penn State coach. give the job to a loyal Penn State coach, Fran....

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kingsway BOB GROVICH December 29 2013 at 3:15 PM

PERFECT idea...............

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gkruth BOB GROVICH December 29 2013 at 7:43 PM

Loyal Penn State coach? Are you talking about Jerry Sandusky?
Tom Bradley is looking for work?

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waynobueno13 December 30 2013 at 2:57 PM

Would hate to see him go, he's done an exception job for the position the program is in but if he does I would'nt mind seeing Mike Munchack come in.

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sam7jak December 29 2013 at 3:38 PM

I understand full well that everyone wants to advance his or her career but I also understand that when one accepts a position he/she should follow through on that commitment to a conclusion.

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tsagonas December 29 2013 at 3:32 PM

He isn't a traitor or a shameful person if he leaves. Its called advancement. Or wait do all of you bashers of O'Brien turn down promotions in you careers?

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Paul Castle tsagonas December 29 2013 at 5:37 PM

YES THEY DO. That is what they will say here but the truth is there is no loyalty from employers and their workers will leave in SECONT. There is however one exception and that is the people who represent us in Washington.
LOL you can't blast them out of there.

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kingsway December 29 2013 at 3:12 PM

Yes . BUT that wasn't Kubiaks' fault,,,,,,the team needs some good changes..Get rid of some and get some people that WANT to play football........that is the problem...That want to PLAY .Bob McNair is the owner SO get off your duff and do something or SELL the team...
Plenty of $$$ not only men but women that have the money....look in the right places..And stop looking at my name...I am retired


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gileslight December 29 2013 at 9:45 PM

Maybe he should talk with Steve Spurrier first.

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Tom gileslight December 30 2013 at 8:33 AM

Spurrier had no NFL experience, didn't know what the NFL was like. Obrien did time with NE so he knows. He is ready for the NFL. Not saying that it will work for him but he is ready.

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sam zamrik December 29 2013 at 3:00 PM

O'Brien fame came from Penn State, all publicity last year otherwise he was unkown, for him to leave Penn State is shameful.

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hopkinsuniv sam zamrik December 29 2013 at 4:58 PM

Unknown! Don't follow football much to we sam....research O'Brien's tenure with the NE Pats, relationship w/ Tom Brady, and Super Bowl appearances and then support your comment about O'Brien being an "unknown."

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Sue Brown December 30 2013 at 2:54 PM

I do not want this coach to leave Penn State. The program is just starting to get back on its' feet. I believe the coach leaving will be a downer for Penn State.

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DOUG December 29 2013 at 11:28 PM

As a Penn State fan I'll be sorry to see him go. He walked into an absolute mess and did a great job making the team work well. But when it comes down to it he has to look out for him and his family first.

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Tom DOUG December 30 2013 at 8:32 AM

I admired his stance too, but I think PSU hired him in, telling him only half the truth and never let him know the level that management went to cover this up. The trial of the President (Spanier)sp is proof of that. He should feel free to go with his head held high.

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Ira Naiditch December 30 2013 at 10:11 AM

College football players are bound to their teams and have to sit out a year if they elect to move on (to any other school of the same or higher level). Coaches, however, can move at will. And that is fair how? What do contracts mean and what are we teaching the players. I understand the "buy out" clauses in the contracts. That does not mean I agree with them though. When a coach signs a contract for a set amount of years he/she should have to abide by that contract. The same goes for the schools too, who fire coaches just because they don't win enough? Then don't sign them to such long term contracts!

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