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January 5, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
On what appeared to be the first full day of hunting season - for a new head football coach at Penn State, that is - the rumors and reports were flying. But a consensus Friday revealed three early favorites among the contenders to replace Bill O'Brien. Two people with Penn State roots - University of Miami coach Al Golden and Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak - along with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin seemed to have the early interest of the search committee. Conflicting reports existed on Golden.
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January 5, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill O'Brien says he understands how some people feel let down because he left Penn State after only two years as head coach, but he wants them to know that he didn't want to pass up a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity presented to him by the Houston Texans. O'Brien was introduced Friday as the Texans' new head coach at a packed news conference inside Reliant Stadium in Houston. And he made sure to reach out to his former players and Penn State fans during his opening remarks. "I want to thank Penn State for the opportunity they gave me to be their head football coach," he said.
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January 4, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said he didn't see any clues in the weeks after the final regular-season game that Bill O'Brien would pursue an NFL coaching job because the Nittany Lions were always working on the future of the football program. That, however, changed over the weekend when news broke of O'Brien's interest in the Houston Texans coaching job. The Texans announced his hiring Thursday; he will be introduced during a news conference Friday in Houston.
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January 3, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - Dave Joyner sat in the front of the Beaver Stadium press room yesterday and faced the reality: He and Penn State need to find someone to fill the seat he was sitting in and lead a football team onto the field at his back. Again. For the second time in 3 years, Joyner, Penn State's athletic director, and the school are looking for a new person to lead a storied football program, as it was officially announced yesterday that Bill O'Brien has accepted the head coaching job with the Houston Texans.
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January 3, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - He showed up as a no-name coach, but in two seasons, his dimple-chinned face became familiar to the blue-and-white faithful, and he did more than just keep a program afloat in an arduous scenario. Much to the chagrin of Penn State fans, however, Bill O'Brien will not be back for a third season. The 44-year-old will become the next head coach of the NFL's Houston Texans, ESPN reported Tuesday night, and an introductory news conference is expected today. Rumors of O'Brien's potential departure from Penn State swirled for a few weeks, but really gained steam Saturday, when ESPN reported that O'Brien, a former New England Patriots offensive coordinator who spent 5 years under Bill Belichick, was the "overwhelming favorite" to land the Texans job. He will take over a Houston side that won the AFC South in 2011 and '12 and has a core group of talent that includes defensive end J.J. Watt and wideout Andre Johnson.
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January 3, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The expected departure of Bill O'Brien after two seasons as Penn State's coach has put the university's athletic department in preventive mode as the football program attempts to hold on to the 19 recruits who had given commitments to O'Brien. O'Brien reached an agreement Tuesday night with the Houston Texans to become their new coach, ESPN reported, quoting sources. He will be introduced as coach on Thursday. The news wasn't shocking, given reports over the weekend that O'Brien and Texans officials, led by chairman Bob McNair, hit it off during their talks the day after Christmas.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Disappointment. Anger. Grudging resignation. And, also, gratitude. Those were some of the emotions expressed on New Year's Day by alumni, fans, and other Pennsylvania State University faithful over the expected departure of football coach Bill O'Brien, who brought stability and success to a program on the verge of ruin two years ago in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. "I thought we had our coach," said Jeff Pawlick, 41, a 1994 graduate who was watching the Mummers Parade near the Kimmel Center on Wednesday afternoon.
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January 3, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
James Franklin returned the phone call. No surprise. Franklin had grown up locally, had gone to Neshaminy High, was happy to talk about the resurrection project he had undertaken at Vanderbilt. "Everything about the job, about the program, about how football was perceived at Vanderbilt needed to be changed," Franklin said over the phone. "I realized that. " The timing of that phone call was interesting. It was a little more than two years ago, the week before Christmas, the last time the head coaching job at Penn State was open.
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January 3, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
It's no wonder they became friends, growing accustomed over the years to bouncing ideas off each other in text messages and phone calls. Chip Kelly and Bill O'Brien came up through the same small-college pipeline in New England, a pair of beautiful football minds who shared two things: their background, and a belief that the demands intrinsic to the college level were never the truest test of a coach's acumen. Kelly grew up in New Hampshire and coached at UNH for 14 years before running his own program at Oregon.
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January 2, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Bill O'Brien never wanted to be a savior. Mission accomplished. There will be no statue of O'Brien outside Beaver Stadium, no talk of renaming buildings for the coach who is leaving Penn State for the Houston Texans after just two seasons. O'Brien's outstanding contribution in his two seasons in State College is that he put his head down and coached football and didn't allow Penn State to sink to the depths of the Big Ten despite NCAA sanctions that tied one hand behind Penn State's back.
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