All of the drama and speculation surrounding the future plans of Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien may soon be coming to an end. According to Ian Rapport of NFL.com, the Houston Texans plan to make an announcement on their new head coach by Tuesday. The news about O’Brien has heated up as of late, especially on Saturday, when it was reported that the two sides were close to reaching an agreement to make him the next head coach of the Texans.
After two successful seasons at Penn State and experience at the professional level, O’Brien has been the hottest name among coaching searches so far this season. After the 2012 season, his first with the Nittany Lions, teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns had interest in hiring O’Brien for their then-vacant head coaching jobs.
According to reports, the Texans have also interviewed former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith and current interim coach Wade Phillips.
With a decision expected from the Texans within days, Penn State fans may have to quickly begin to get used to life without the popular and successful coach. Of course, if O’Brien doesn’t go to Houston, the rumors of him to the NFL likely won’t end, as tomorrow has been labeled “Black Monday” around the league. NF teams whose seasons are over will fire coaches and look to move on.
There will likely be several other NFL jobs open up in the next few days.
In related news, NFL.com is also reporting that Penn State is already preparing for life after O’Brien and have already targeted current Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano.
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