Reports: Texans considering Penn State’s O’Brien
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo Penn State head coach Bill O' Brien leads his team onto the field at Beaver Stadium for an NCAA college football game against Eastern Michigan in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions have had two years of modified success under coach Bill O'Brien, and as the program, school and town continue to push past the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the focus is clearly on moving forward in this new era as a community, as a team, and as Nittany Lions. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Chronicle is reporting the Texans have interviewed Penn State’s Bill O’Brien about their vacant head coaching job and that there are more interviews still to be done next week.
Houston team owner Bob McNair told the newspaper Saturday night: “The process has been underway, and it continues. The process isn’t over. We have other candidates to interview next week.”
The paper reports O’Brien met with McNair and general manager Rick Smith last week, and also has interviewed former Bears coach Lovie Smith and interim coach Wade Phillips.
ESPN is reporting, citing unidentified sources, that O’Brien is the “overwhelming favorite” to become the Texans’ coach.
O’Brien is 15-9 at Penn State, guiding the Nittany Lions through two winning seasons despite severe NCAA sanctions.