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Texans Agree to Hire Penn State’s O’Brien as Coach, ESPN Reports

Jan. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The Houston Texans reached an agreement to hire Bill O’Brien from Pennsylvania State University as their head coach, ESPN reports, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation.

O’Brien spent the past two years at Penn State, compiling a 15-9 record in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal and the death of former coach Joe Paterno.

O’Brien was a National Football League assistant coach with the New England Patriots under coach Bill Belichick from 2007 through 2012.

O’Brien will take over a Texans team that this season had the worst record in the NFL at 2-14 after winning division titles the previous two years. Houston has the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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