O'Brien is leader for Texans job


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HOUSTON — The Houston Texans interviewed Penn State’s Bill O’Brien about their vacant head coaching job and he has emerged as a leading candidate, according to media reports.

Houston team owner Bob McNair told The Houston Chronicle 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 that they also interviewed former Bears coach Lovie Smith and interim coach Wade Phillips.

ESPN reported, 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.

The Texans (2-13) fired coach Gary Kubiak earlier this month and have lost 13 consecutive games.


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