Penn State's Bill O'Brien has reached an agreement to become the new coach of the Houston Texans, according to league sources.
The deal is expected to be announced no later than Saturday.
Texans owner Bob McNair wanted a coach who had both NFL experience and head coaching experience.
O'Brien, a protege of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, was a Patriots assistant from 2007 until 2012. He eventually became the offensive coordinator for a Patriots team that lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.
He left New England two years ago to take over Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.
Despite a bowl ban and relaxed transfer rules that allowed players to leave Penn State without delay, the Nittany Lions went 15-9 under O'Brien, including 10-6 in the Big Ten. He was the conference coach of the year in 2012.
Before becoming Penn State's coach, O'Brien, 44, was an offensive assistant with the New England Patriots from 2007 to 2011, and took over the role of offensive coordinator before moving on.
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