NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien is slated to have an interview with the Houston Texans "in the near future." O'Brien is reportedly one of the Texans' top candidates to replace the fired Gary Kubiak. If Houston were to hire O'Brien, they would have to pay a $6.48 million NFL buyout.
O'Brien has won over the hearts of Penn State fans with his matter-of-fact, no-nonsense style along with his tremendous success on the field and in recruiting. Since taking over in the wake of a scandal in 2012, O'Brien has put up an impressive 15-9 record while landing some of the nation's top recruits, such as quarterback Christian Hackenberg, despite dealing with a bowl-ban and reduced scholarships.
If O'Brien does leave for the NFL, one potential man to replace him is Titans head coach Mike Munchak, who is reportedly interested. Munchak was one of the favorites for the position in 2011 when the university relieved long-time head coach Joe Paterno of his duties. He did not reached out himself about the Penn State position because he is technically still employed by the Tennessee Titans but he is expected to be fired at the end of the season.
What O'Brien has done with the Penn State football program is nothing short of a miracle. He restored a program that was a shell of its former self and he managed to do it in two short years. His loss would certainly sting the Penn State faithful but what he would leave them with is something of which they should certainly be proud.
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