The Texans will celebrate the New Year with a new coach, as the team and Penn State coach Bill O’Brien have reached an agreement that will make O’Brien the third coach in franchise history.
The Houston Chronicle, citing two people with knowledge of the negotiation, reported that O’Brien would be heading to Houston on Thursday for the announcement.
In two seasons at Penn State, O’Brien was 15-9, despite severe NCAA sanctions.
Before following Joe Paterno at Penn State, he spent five years (2007-11) as an offensive assistant with the New England Patriots.
The 44-year-old drew interest from the NFL last year, interviewing with Cleveland and Philadelphia before deciding to stay at Penn State.
His contract was re-worked after last season and the buyout, if he were to leave for an NFL job, was lowered to about $6.5 million.
Coach Gary Kubiak was fired on December 5th, one day after the underachieving 2-11 Texans lost 27-20 to the Jaguars.
The Texans will have the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.