Sources: Texans to hire Bill O'Brien

Updated: January 3, 2014, 1:37 PM ET
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Penn State's Bill O'Brien has reached an agreement to become coach of the Houston Texans, according to league sources.

The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday that O'Brien will sign a five-year deal and be introduced by the team Thursday. Penn State held a news conference Thursday in which it acknowledged O'Brien's departure.

Texans owner Bob McNair wanted a coach who had NFL and head-coaching experience.

O'Brien, 44, a protégé of Bill Belichick, was a New ...

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