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Penn State releases statement on Bill O'Brien

Penn State University announced Thursday that Bill O’Brien has officially stepped down as their head football coach, and that he is going to be the next head coach of the Houston Texans.

The PSU release states:

“Bill O’Brien has informed Penn State that he is leaving Penn State to become the head coach of the National Football League’s Houston Texans.”

They also added in their statement:

“O’Brien led Penn State to marks of 8-4 and 7-5 during his two years as the Nittany Lions’ head coach. In 2013, he helped develop three first-team All-Big Ten honorees.”

Longtime coach Larry Johnson has been named interim head coach by the university.

In a different statement, PSU thanked O’Brien. The statement was from Athletic Director Dave Joyner:

“Penn State would like to extend its best wishes to Bill O’Brien. Coach O’Brien was a tremendous leader during a challenging time at our university, guiding our student athletes to success both on the field and in the classroom. We will always be grateful to him for his time here at Penn State. We wish Bill, Colleen and his family the very best as they embark on this next phase in their lives.”

O’Brien could be officially announced as the Texans new head coach today.

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