Bill O’Brien’s tenure at Penn State appears to be over after just two years. The former New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator will become the third Head Coach in the history of the Houston Texans according to ESPN.
O’Brien took over a Penn State program in turmoil following the Jerry Sandusky scandal amassing a record of 15-9 during his tenure despite losing some players to transfer and loss of scholarships.
O’Brien takes over a Houston team that matched a franchise worst record for a single season of 2-14. After defeating the San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans the team went on to lose a franchise record 14 straight leading to the firing of Gary Kubiak after their week 14 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kubiak spent eight season as Houston’s head man and finished with an overall record of 61-64 in the regular season and a 2-2 record in the playoffs. Kubiak led the organization to their only two playoff appearances in franchise history, losing the Divisional Round each year.
The Texans also interviewed former Chicago Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith and Interim Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips for the Head Coach position.
The Texans will have the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.