ESPN: Penn State's Bill O'Brien working on deal with Houston Texans

FILE - In this April 21, 2012, file photo, Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien gestures during the NCAA college football team's spring scrimmage in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
December 28, 2013 3:30:57 PM PST
According to ESPN reports, Bill O'Brien has emerged as the overwhelming favorite to become the next coach of the Houston Texans. The two sides are working to get a deal in place within the next week, league sources told ESPN.

O'Brien met with the Texans this week after Christmas at his home in Cape Cod, resulting in intensified discussions they hope will culminate with a finalized contract, the sources said.

The Texans still have a short list of candidates in case talks break down with the Penn State coach, sources added.

The Texans had been doing due diligence on O'Brien, including his six-year stint with the New England Patriots. The feedback has been strong in his favor, sources said, which motivated Houston to commence negotiations to get a deal in place.

O'Brien, 44, just finished his second season at Penn State, where he was the Big Ten coach of the year in 2012, followed by a 7-5 season this year while playing with a freshman quarterback (Christian Hackenberg) and amid heavy sanctions placed on the Nittany Lions after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

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