It's Official: Bill O'Brien is the Next Coach of the Houston Texans

January 2, 2014 at 11:06a    by DJ Byrnes    
Bill O'Brien has agreed to become the next coach of the Texans.\

Bill O'Brien might not care what "Paterno people" think about his stewardship of the program — or he might not "get it" at all — but one thing is clear: he's officially on his way to coach the Houston Texans, who have the #1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft and aren't shackled with crippling sanctions.

From Penn State's official website:

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Bill O'Brien has informed Penn State that he is leaving Penn State to become the head coach of the National Football League's Houston Texans.

A national search will begin immediately to select Penn State's 16th head football coach, according to Dave Joyner, Director of Athletics.

... "We need to do everything we can to support the needs of our student-athletes during this period," Joyner said. "I am very confident in Larry Johnson, the coaches and staff in maintaining continuity and working with the returning players and recruits. "We intend to move quickly in our search to identify the next great Penn State football coach," Joyner added.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen first reported this on New Year's Eve, but today it has become official.

It's certainly a big loss for Penn State and the Big Ten as a whole. James Franklin has been kicked around as a possible replacement, but Penn State better hurry. Vanderbilt's frontman has reportedly drawn some interest from NFL teams as well.



toad1204's picture

The other Larry Johnson is busy.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

trock's picture

Can someone tell me why O'Brien is talked about like some quarterback God? I understand he is good, but it's not like he created Tom Brady. He joined in 2007, Brady won his first Super Bowl in 2002. 
Hackenberg was good this year, but from all was expected from what he did in high school.

Kurt's picture

To my knowledge O'Brien revamped the Patriots offense.  Belichick wanted to begin spreading the field and O'Brien was the guy that got it done introducing an air-raid-like offense (passing spread) in the NFL.  

Killer nuts's picture

Smart move by BO'B

BoFuquel's picture

Good move BOB; first sign of intelligent life in The Ped State in a couple of years. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Hovenaut's picture

Can't help but raise an eyebrow at Dave Joyner's comment regarding "moving quickly".
I don't find it funny, but Penn State doesn't have a solid track record in that department in recent years.

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

droessl's picture

look forward to seeing this guy on the sidelines for PSU next year

kalabuckzoo's picture

Grandmama!  Loved that hornets team with mugsy, LJ, alonso, and dell curry.

gumtape's picture

Dell Curry wasn't the starter on that team, anyone remember Johhny Newman?

High and tight boo boo

kalabuckzoo's picture

no, I didn't recall him.  But I did also like the original hornet Rex Chapman.

Rjr88's picture

Bill O'Brien was the best thing that ever happened to PSU and its delusional fan base chased him away.
I hope PSU gets what they deserves, which is a couple decades of mediocrity.  


Denny's picture

Oh, they're gonna crash hard after losing BOB.


Buckeyevstheworld's picture

People thought they were going to crash hard with O'Brien. The sanctions are getting lighter, so it should be easier for them.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.


Especially if Hackenberg leaves.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Liening's picture

For the sake of the B1G, I hope Penn State finds a good coach.  If the Buckeyes want to compete for National Championships, then they need a competitive conference in which to play.  


Bucks43201's picture

Larry Johnson is a PSU lifer holder from the Joe Bot regime. Yet he gets to stay way he (& Tom Bradley) didn't know of Dusky's actions. PSU should have got rid him too. I hope Penn State goes 0-144 the next 12 years.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Osu2105's picture

I've never seen a more delusional fan base in all of sports, college or pro. The way they talk about their program you'd think they were the Dallas Cowboys of college football or something 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I've never seen a more delusional fan base in all of sports, college or pro.

Go to VolNation, Mgo, or irishenvy. They're worse.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Osu2105's picture

Yeah they're all bad. I like to visit MGo sometimes to get a few laughs in although for the most part I think they realize where their program is. A decade of mediocrity will do that though

okiebuck's picture

Arkansas fans have to rank up high on the delusional scale, plus they are as dumb as a box of rocks; which is why Bert fits in so well.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"