Texans reportedly eye Penn St. coach

Bill O’Brien

Bill O’Brien

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is the "overwhelming favorite" to take over the Texans, espn.com reported Saturday. Houston owner Bob McNair said only the team hadn't made a decision: "We have interviews scheduled (this) week."

Houston plans to conclude its search by Tuesday, nfl.com reported. Profootballtalk.com reported the Texans want to talk to former Cardinals coach and current Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

Houston, which fired Gary Kubiak last month, previously interviewed interim coach Wade Phillips and former Bears coach and Bucs assistant Lovie Smith.

Thomas Holley, a defensive tackle from Brooklyn, N.Y., who has orally committed to Penn State, said he spoke to O'Brien on Saturday. "He said he isn't going," Holley told 247sports.com.

Messages left for O'Brien and Penn State athletic director David Joyner were not returned.

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. Before this season, 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. O'Brien also was a Patriots assistant for five seasons, including offensive coordinator from 2011-12.

Peterson out: The Vikings' Adrian Peterson will sit today because of a groin injury. His 1,266 rushing yards are second fewest among his seven seasons.

Packers: Receiver Randall Cobb was activated from injured reserve. He caught 29 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns in five games before breaking a leg Oct. 13 against the Ravens.

Texans reportedly eye Penn St. coach 12/28/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 28, 2013 11:58pm]

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