O'Brien Out at Penn State

By Dan Stamm
|  Thursday, Jan 2, 2014  |  Updated 12:07 PM EDT
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Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien is confident that the guys he has now will stay.

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Penn State Athletics officials addressed the media today about the departure of Bill O’Brien for the NFL.

O'Brien leaves Penn State for the Houston Texans less than two years after replacing Joe Paterno. He returns to the NFL to coach the team with the league's worst record this season.

The Texans made it official Thursday. Penn State picked defensive line coach Larry Johnson as interim head coach while the search for a replacement goes on.

A former offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, O'Brien took on perhaps college football's toughest job in January 2012, joining a school rattled by the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Despite a lack of scholarships, a bowl ban, an overall sense of doom and player defections from the late Paterno's roster, O'Brien led the Nittany Lions to two winning seasons while restoring some tempered enthusiasm in Happy Valley.

Ahtletic Director Dave Joyner answered questions about O'Brien's and the Nittany Lions football program's future. He said the search for the next coach has already begun.

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