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Reports: Bill O'Brien agrees to deal with Houston Texans

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 1, 2014 4:54 AM

(Harrisburg) -- After two seasons as head coach of Penn State football, Bill O'Brien is headed to the NFL again, reaching an agreement to take the head coaching job with the Houston Texans, according to reports.

O'Brien coached the Nittany Lions to a 15-9 record over his two seasons, and won the conference's Coach of the Year award in 2012.

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When the school hired him in early January 2012, O'Brien was elated.

"This is unbelievable, just to see the interest in the program and what a special program it is. I'm really thrilled to be the head football coach at Penn State. I cannot tell you how excited I am to get started, meet the team, meet the football alums, and meet all the people that make this university so special."

But he seemed to recognize his time at Happy Valley could be limited.

"Whatever other jobs were out there, hey I've been coaching for 20 years, jobs come and go, jobs come up all the time, I can't tell you again how excited I am to be the leader of this football program."

Penn State, O'Brien, and the Houston Texans have not officially announced a deal yet.

His contract with Penn State requires a buyout of nearly $6.5 million.

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