Less than two years after replacing Joe Paterno as coach of the Nittany Lions, O’Brien will return to the NFL as coach of the Houston Texans, leaving a proud Penn State program in peril once again.
Two people familiar with the negotiations, speaking to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hasn’t been made, said O’Brien reached an agreement Thursday night to coach the Texans.
O’Brien bolted Penn State and a slew of players who pledged their commitment to the program in its darkest hour for the big bucks tossed his way by an NFL team desperately seeking to become contenders in the AFC.
O’Brien, a former offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, took on perhaps college football’s toughest job in January 2012, adopting a program that was rattled by the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal "
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