After days of speculation, the Bill O’Brien to the NFL rumors seem to finally be over. ESPN is reporting that the Houston Texans have officially hired O’Brien to be the next coach. O’Brien just finished his second year of a five-year deal that he had with Penn State.
ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen broke this news late Tuesday night.
Bill O’Brien and Texans agreement…see you on SportsCenter tomorrow am. Happy New Year
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 1, 2014
The news comes after days of multiple rumors that the Texans and O’Brien were already close to reaching a deal.
In his two seasons with the Nittany Lions, Bill O’Brien won 15 games while dealing with some of the most difficult circumstances that any coach had to face.
The news is not welcomed by Penn State fans, who now have to go through another period of not knowing what the future holds. Many hoped that the coach who helped lead the team through the difficult times would stay to see his hard work, especially in recruiting, pay off.
Penn State now has to begin a coaching search and find someone who will be able to keep the momentum going and keep the solid recruiting class together. Former Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano and current Vanderbilt coach James Franklin are two of the names that have been linked to the school.
This is still a developing story, as no details about money or length of contract have been revealed.
VBR will update with the latest news.
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