Report: NFL teams eyeing Penn State's O'Brien
CBSSports.com reports that the Vikings and Texans have approached the Nits' coach.
PENN STATE football coach Bill O'Brien said all the right things before the Nits' season finale against Wisconsin last month.
He even pointed out that it was "a chance for our younger and veteran players who are coming back next year to go out there against a very good football team and play well."
Notice he didn't say anything about himself.
According to a report, O'Brien continues to attract interest from the NFL.
Jason La Canfora, of CBSSports.com, reported that O'Brien has been approached by two NFL teams, including the Vikings, who downed the Eagles, 48-30, yesterday.
Coincidentally, there were reports back in January that O'Brien would have taken the Eagles job if offered. That job, of course, went to Chip Kelly, who was himself the subject of a coaching rumor yesterday.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that the University of Texas is interested in Kelly. However, an Eagles source said Kelly laughed off the notion.
But no one seems to be laughing about a possible move by O'Brien.
According to CBSSports.com, the Vikings and Houston Texans are both interested in O'Brien, who just completed his second season with the heavily sanctioned Nits.
O'Brien held various assistant roles with the Patriots for five seasons. In 2011, his final year in New England, he was the offensive coordinator. So it wouldn't be surprising if he wanted to return to the NFL as a head coach.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is in the final year of his contract. The Texans' Wade Phillips is coaching on an interim basis, having taken over for Gary Kubiak, who was fired 10 days ago.
O'Brien's name also has been mentioned in connection with the Redskins job. Mike Shanahan has 1 year left on his deal, but there is speculation that he will get the boot at the end of the season.