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Texans introduce Bill O'Brien as their new head coach
By: Matt Maisel and WJAC Web Staff
HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans officially announced Friday that Bill OBrien will be their new head football coach.
OBrien was named the third head coach in Houston Texans franchise history during a press conference with team leaders. During opening remarks, OBrien kept his comments short about his two years as head coach of the Penn State football team.
I love the players at Penn State and I respect their toughness and their resiliency and everything that theyve demonstrated on a day-to-day basis, OBrien said. I do regret not being able to continue with the great kids on that team. While I tried never to mislead anyone, I understand that some people feel let down. But again, it was a decision that was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me.
In two seasons with the Nittany Lions, OBrien had a 15-9 record, going 8-4 in his first season and 7-5 in his second season.
OBrien takes over a Texans team that finished an NFL worst 2-14 in the 2013 NFL season. The Texans will have the first-round pick in the 2014 draft. OBrien will take over for Gary Kubiak, who was fired with three games remaining in the season.
OBrien spent five seasons with the New England Patriots before taking the job at Penn State in 2012. OBrien was the Patriots quarterbacks coach from 2009-11 and their offensive coordinator in 2011.
With OBrien departure, long-time defensive line coach Larry Johnson as interim head coach for the Nittany Lions.
At a press conference Thursday, Penn State Athletic Director Dave Joyner said a six-member committee had been formed at the school to conduct a nationwide head football coach search, and the search should be completed in days, not weeks.