Bill O’Brien has informed Penn State that he is leaving to become the Houston Texans head coach.
#Texans make it official, announce Bill O’Brien as their new coach, per an AP story.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 2, 2014
Larry Johnson has been named Penn State’s interim head coach until they find a replacement.
“We need to do everything we can to support the needs of our student-athletes during this period,” Dave Joyner of Director of Athletics said. “I am very confident in Larry Johnson, the coaches and staff in maintaining continuity and working with the returning players and recruits. “We intend to move quickly in our search to identify the next great Penn State football coach,” Joyner added.
“I’m humbled by the confidence that Penn State has bestowed upon me during this critical time for the football program and honored to do my part to help Penn State,” Johnson said. “My job will be made very easy since we have a team comprised of tremendous student-athletes, coaches, trainers and support staff who are second to none and care as much about Penn State as I do. This program has a historic past and very bright future and I look forward to continuing to work with the players, staff and our incoming recruiting class to uphold the tremendous traditions, ideals and principles that make Penn State the best University in the nation and the football program the most successful on and off the field.”