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NFL: Texans reportedly interested in Penn State's O'Brien

by The Indiana Gazette on December 29, 2013 1:49 AM

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien is nearing a deal to take over the NFL’s Houston Texans, several news outlets are reporting.

League sources told ESPN Saturday that O’Brien has emerged as the “overwhelming” favorite to get the job, which was vacated when Gary Kubiak was fired earlier this month. The source said O’Brien and the Texans are working to get a deal in place within the next week.

The Texans have already interviewed Wade Phillips and Lovie Smith about the job, and they have an interview scheduled with Ken Whisenhunt.

O’Brien, 44, succeeded Joe Paterno at Penn State, and he has guided the Nittany Lions to a 15-9 record in two seasons despite being saddled with heavy NCAA sanctions following the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Prior to coming to Penn State, O’Brien was an assistant with the New England Patriots for six seasons.

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