- Tania Ganguli, ESPN Staff Writer
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There was a bit of confusion this morning after Penn State announced that its head football coach, Bill O'Brien, was leaving to become the head coach of the Houston Texans.
The Texans still have not announced the hire. But they did announce a news conference at 11 a.m. Friday.
Expect them to introduce O'Brien as the franchise's third head coach then.
Meanwhile, in a news conference today, Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said he believed O'Brien intended to stay at Penn State longer, but met an opportunity he couldn't refuse.
The school released this statement from Joyner and Penn State president Rodney Erickson: "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."
Penn State made defensive line coach Larry Johnson their interim head coach.