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Texans reportedly set to hire Penn St. coach

To be available: Maurice Jones-Drew, a Jaguar for eight seasons, will become an unrestricted free agent in March.

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To be available: Maurice Jones-Drew, a Jaguar for eight seasons, will become an unrestricted free agent in March.

Penn State's Bill O'Brien reached an agreement to become the new coach of the Texans, espn.com reported Tuesday. The deal is expected to be announced no later than Saturday, the website reported.

O'Brien, 44, is 15-9 in two seasons at Penn State, which hasn't been able to go to a bowl and has played with reduced scholarships because of a child sex abuse scandal. As a condition for his return for 2013, espn.com recently reported, the school agreed to an amended contract that lowered his buyout to join an NFL team from $19.33 million to $6.48 million.

Before Penn State, O'Brien was a Patriots assistant for five seasons, including offensive coordinator from 2011-12. Houston, which fired Gary Kubiak last month, also interviewed former Bears coach and Bucs assistant Lovie Smith and interim coach Wade Phillips.

More coach searches

Sumlin reportedly stays: Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin will not interview for an NFL position, espn.com reported. Sumlin recently signed a six-year, $30 million extension. And the website reported he has committed to the school through its $450 million stadium renovation scheduled to be completed by August 2015.

Browns: The Patriots gave permission to interview offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. He and Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will do so this week.

Lions: There is interest in Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable, the Detroit Free Press reported, and Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, the Washington Post reported. Cable went 17-27 as Raiders coach from 2008-10. Caldwell went 26-22 as Colts coach from 2009-11, including losing to the Saints in the February 2010 Super Bowl.

Redskins: Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will interview this weekend, the Charlotte Observer reported. And the team wants to interview Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, the NFL Network reported.

Jags will wait to try to re-sign Jones-Drew

JACKSONVILLE — The Jaguars will let running back Maurice Jones-Drew test free agency.

"He's been a great player in this organization," said general manager Dave Caldwell, who didn't rule out matching offers.

"He's earned the right to see what his … market is."

Monday, Jones-Drew, who turns 29 in March, said he wants to stay in Jacksonville but is willing to leave: "It's time to sit back with my family and talk and see what's best for us."

Belcher suit: The estate of ex-Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend and himself in 2012, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the team, the Kansas City Star reported. The suit contends Belcher was exposed to "repetitive head trauma and suffered multiple concussive and subconcussive blows to the head which caused … traumatic brain injuries such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy." Belcher's body was recently exhumed so his brain could be studied for the presence of CTE, a brain disease linked to multiple concussions and the focal point of a lawsuit filed by former players against the NFL. The study is ongoing. The Chiefs declined comment.

Texans reportedly set to hire Penn St. coach 12/31/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:53pm]
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