At 10:34 p.m. ET on New Year's Eve, ESPN College Football tweeted that the Bill O'Brien is leaving Penn State for the vacant Houston Texans job. Luckily for Nittany Nation, O'Brien left Penn State in much better condition than it was when he arrived.
Gone now is the uncertainty and stigma from the Sandusky situation, as ESPN Radio's Cory Giger tweeted. Penn State has survived as a university and as a football program and the head coaching job is exponentially more desirable than it was two years ago.
Much of that is due to Bill O'Brien.
But this isn't a time for reflection on O'Brien and the job he did in Happy Valley. It's time to look ahead at potential candidates to replace him inside the Lasch building and on the sideline of Beaver Stadium.
Unlike 2011, there will be a long list of coaches interested in inheriting Christian Hackenberg and the potential Big Ten juggernaut that is the Penn State football program.