Posted December 26, 2013

Report: Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, Texans agree to interview

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Bill O'Brien and Penn State will have footballs scholarships restored by the NCAA. (Getty Images)

Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien led his team to a 7-5 record this season. (Getty Images)

Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien has agreed to an interview with the Houston Texans, reports NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

According to the report, O’Brien and the team agreed to have an interview after Christmas, which means it’s already happened or it will happen in the future.

O’Brien, who was a former New England Patriots offensive coordinator, agreed to a reduced buyout at Penn State from $19.33 million last year to $6.48 million.

O’Brien’s buyout to leave for another school is $11.08 million. O’Brien is 15-9 in two seasons at Penn State. 

KAPLAN: Bill O’Brien’s NFL Future

The Texans have already reportedly interview former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith for the position. The Texas fired Gary Kubiak earlier this month after the team started 2-11 this season.

 


18 comments
ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Take a look at Bill O's chin, good ol' sandusky loved it.

BigBubba
BigBubba

O'Brien = no loyalty and no ethics with his team.  PSU ought to cut him loose right now.  He has held that program hostage to his own whims for two years (renegotiation, etc) and has gotten players to promise commitment to PSU while he has had wandering eyes.  So much for him being a PSU guy.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

Why is this story posted in the NFL section of SI.com?

Cool
Cool

I just had a talk with my ex girlfriend about having sex again.  She told me that she was going to think about it sometime after Christmas.  Well it is after Christmas so that means that she maybe perhaps has already thought about it or that maybe perhaps sometime after today she will decide to think about it.  But when she finally thinks about it, I still won't know what she is thinking and now that I think about it, that is why she is my ex girlfriend.  

MMoney0021
MMoney0021

Really hope this guys stays at Penn St and fulfills his commitment.  But there is no loyalty in sports.  I understand if he leaves considering he is taking on the burden of the Sandusky tragedy.  But if he decides to stay I really think he can get Penn St's program back to where it was if not better.  He has a QB that is probably better than anyone they have had over the past 15 years.  

jacksonatl
jacksonatl

A $6.48 million buyout for someone who has never been a head coach in the NFL is a bit steep, even for NFL pockets. 2015 when that buyout is further reduced might be more realistic for him.

David46
David46

No clue why he'd go to an expansion team.

Cool
Cool

" agreed to have an interview after Christmas, which means it’s already happened or it will happen in the future."    

Now this is some pretty in-depth, concise, investigative reporting.  He could have interviewed but if not he is expected to... sometime in the future... maybe even this year.. if not maybe next year or even beyond.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@MMoney0021 There was maybe a little too much loyalty in Happy Valley in year past, no?

Delegator
Delegator

@Cool No, see, the report means that it was not happening at the moment that the author was writing the story. So, one instant in time at which the interview could have happened has been ruled out.

Craig
Craig

@Cool Did he specify which Christmas?  It might be Christmas future and not the one that just occurred.  I guess it might not happen until December 24th of next year, since that's technically "after Christmas."

heyu
heyu

@Cool I agree, or will agree in the future.