Report: Houston Texans to name Penn State's Bill O'Brien next head coach

Wednesday January 1st, 2014

(MCT via Getty Images) Bill O’Brien went 8-4 in his first season at Penn State, and he went 7-5 in 2013. (MCT via Getty Images)

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the NFL's Houston Texans, ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen report.

The move had been rumored earlier this week, when sources told Mortensen the two sides were working on a deal to make O'Brien the Texans' next head coach. O'Brien will replace Gary Kubiak, who was fired earlier this month.

Houston is set to introduce O'Brien by this weekend.

O’Brien, an assistant with the New England Patriots from 2007 to ’12, wrapped his second season at Penn State this fall. The coach was the Big Ten’s Coach of the Year in 2012, when he replaced longtime coach Joe Paterno following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. In the thick of heavy NCAA sanctions, O’Brien went 8-4 in his first season in Happy Valley and 7-5 in 2013.

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