Are Texans about to lure Bill O'Brien from Penn State? Top recruit says no
Have the Houston Texans found their man?
An ESPN report says that the team is working on an agreement with Penn State's Bill O'Brien for Houston's vacant head-coaching job. In fact, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter say that O'Brien is the "overwhelming favorite" to get the job.
The Texans reportedly met with O'Brien at the latter's home in Cape Cod, after which talks grew stronger in the attempt to finalize a deal within the next week, according to a source.
However, one of the Nittany Lions' top recruits, Thomas Holley of Abraham Lincoln HS in Brooklyn, NY, says he called O'Brien shortly after 6 p.m. ET Saturday after he heard the report.
"He said, 'You're gonna hear a lot of those things from other schools, saying I'm going to other teams. I'm not. I'm staying here,' " Holley told Scout.com's Brian Dohn.
Bob McNair on being close to hiring Bill O'Brien: "The process continues. We have other interviews scheduled next week. It isn't over."— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) December 28, 2013
The Texans had also met with former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith about the job last week.
What is Texans ownership saying about the latest news? Bob McNair had this to say to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle:
O'Brien has spent the past two seasons at Penn State, having led the Nittany Lions to 15-9 record during that time despite crippling NCAA sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky case. He was also named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2012.
However, he also has considerable NFL experience. O'Brien worked his way up to offensive coordinator during his six seasons with the New England Patriots from 2007-12.