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Latest Rumors and Speculation Surrounding Houston Texans Head Coaching Search

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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2013

Updates from Tuesday, Dec. 31

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle has the latest on the Texans' coaching search:

As he continued his pursuit of Bill O'Brien, Texans owner Bob McNair on Monday declined to comment on reports he's on the verge of hiring the Penn State head coach.

McNair wants to get the deal done with O'Brien as soon as possible rather than risk losing him to other owners who are in the market for new coaches after five were fired on Black Monday.

Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Washington have vacancies to fill, and more coaches could get their pink slips.

Barring unforeseen complications, McNair is expected to hire O'Brien, who has done a terrific job under difficult circumstances the last two seasons at Penn State.

From ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Filed to ESPN from me and @mortreport: Bill O'Brien has reached agreement to become the new head coach of the Houston Texans, per sources.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2014

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