The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 31, 2013

BREAKING: O'Brien leaving for Texans

By William Bowman
The Daily Item

— According to reports, Bill O'Brien, who guided the Penn State football program through one of its darkest hours, is leaving Happy Valley for the NFL.

ESPN reported late Tuesday evening that O'Brien, 15-9 over the past two seasons at Penn State, has reached an agreement with the Houston Texans.

The move is expected to officially announced on Thursday.

O'Brien was hired to replace Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Amid crippling NCAA sanctions, which include scholarship reductions and a postseason ban, O'Brien led the Nittany Lions to back-to-back winning seasons.

He leaves for a Texans team that finished the season 2-14, losers of their final 15 games. The Texans will have the No. 1 pick in April's NFL Draft. O'Brien was an offensive assistant coach with the New England Patriots for five years before coming to Penn State.