Bill O'Brien Agrees to Become Head Coach of Houston Texans

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Bill O'Brien Agrees to Become Head Coach of Houston Texans
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Bill O'Brien is headed back to the NFL.

After two seasons resurrecting the Penn State football program, the former New England Patriots assistant has accepted the head coaching position for the Houston Texans, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen:

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle provides O'Brien's comments on the situation:

“I’m excited to be here,” O’Brien told reporters. “This is a great opportunity with a great organization.”

“In your lifetime, you only get certain opportunities so many times,” he continued. “This is a great opportunity to work with an owner like Mr. McNair and an organization like the Texans. It is a very exciting time for myself and my family.

SportsCenter reported that the deal was official on Thursday, January 2:

College Football Talk notes that Penn State will hold its own gathering on Thursday as well:

John McClain of The Houston Chronicle reports that it's a 5-year deal:

Nick Mathews of the Houston Chronicle supplies some of Wade Phillips' thoughts:

Fox Sports' Alex Marvez reports that O'Brien has already made changes to the Texans' staff:

This doesn't come as a major shock.

The 44-year-old O'Brien rose the ranks from offensive assistant to wide receivers coach to quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator in a matter of five years when he was with the Patriots from 2007 through 2011, and his success there helped him land the head coaching job in Happy Valley.

He took over the Nittany Lions when seemingly no one else wanted to. Not only did O'Brien succeed the legendary Joe Paterno, but he also dealt with a lack of scholarships, a decimated roster due to transfers and a bowl ban following the highly publicized Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal within the football program.

No matter.

O'Brien led the Nittany Lions to an improbable 8-4 record in 2012 and followed it up with a 7-5 season in 2013.

Following the 2012 campaign, he earned the Big Ten Coach of the Year Award from both media and fellow coaches, as well as Bear Bryant Coach of the Year honors. He received some NFL interest but stayed committed to Penn State.

The interest only escalated this December, and after a seemingly endless line of rumors, O'Brien finally agreed to test his head coaching prowess at the highest level.

O'Brien isn't the most experienced head coach around, but there's no doubting his ability as a leader.

His development of quarterbacks Matt McGloin, who had a career year as a senior in 2012 and has proven serviceable in the NFL, and Christian Hackenberg, who was impressive as a true freshman in 2013, speaks strongly to that fact.

Houston is clearly in need of direction, and O'Brien is just the man to provide it.

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