Posted December 29, 2013

Report: Bill O’Brien, Texans intensify contract talks

Bill O'Brien took over a Penn State program rocked by scandal. (Centre Daily Times/Getty Images)

Bill O’Brien took over a Penn State program rocked by the Jerry Sandusky scandal. (Centre Daily Times/Getty Images)

The Houston Texans have intensified talks with Bill O’Brien in an attempt to hire the Penn State coach, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, but O’Brien has reportedly told five-star recruit Thomas Holley, that he plans to stay at PSU.

Sources have indicated that O’Brien and the Texans are close to a deal, and the team is expected to make a decision on the coaching vacancy as early as next week. However, is reporting that Holley spoke with O’Brien after the initial report surfaced and denied that he was leaving Penn State’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that O’Brien had agreed to meet with the Texans regarding their open head coach position.

O’Brien was respected as an NFL assistant with the Patriots prior to taking the job at Penn State in 2012. O’Brien was named Big Ten coach of the year after leading the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record despite heavy NCAA sanctions resulting from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Penn State finished the regular season 7-5.

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O’Brien interviewed with the Eagles and the Browns last offseason.


I hope O'Brien is just using Texan for leverage for more loot from PSU and is not about to jump ship.  He knew what he was getting into when he took the job (including possible sanctions) and OB is the ONLY reason Christian Hackenberg did not bail out right after the Sandusky scandal surfaced.  He owes it to these kids to stay.  

And PSU will be 10x better off doubling OB's pay than they would hiring career-zero Schiano.  Rutgers never won anything significant (never even won a Big East title!) during Schiano's tenure, despite NJ being decent enough recruiting territory that Paterno won 400 regular and 37 bowl games with lots of NJ kids on the roster.