Penn State wishes O'Brien well in Houston

Penn State wishes O'Brien well in Houston
January 2, 2014, 11:15 am
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On Thursday morning, Penn State made the Bill O'Brien move to Houston official.

The school said O'Brien informed Penn State that he would be taking the head coaching job with the Texans.

Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson will serve as Penn State's interim head coach as the school will immediately start to search for O'Brien's replacement. O'Brien coached at Penn State for two seasons.

"Penn State would like to extend its best wishes to Bill O'Brien," said Penn State president Rodney Erickson and athletic director Dave Joyner in a joint statement. "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 will move forward immediately with a national search to identify a new head football coach who will embrace our program's foundation of academic and athletic success."

During the Penn State press conference on Thursday, Joyner said the school is hoping to wrap up its coaching search in days. He also said O'Brien's buyout was around $6.5 to $6.7 million.

The Texans have announced that they'll hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on Friday, presumably to announce O'Brien's hiring.