It takes a lot to overshadow the college football bowl season, but that’s exactly what happened on Saturday when ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that the Houston Texans had tabbed Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien as their top target to fill their vacant head coaching slot, and the two were reportedly working on coming closer to a deal.
If O’Brien were to leave for the NFL, as with any coach that leaves a program, you’d have to wonder what that would do to Penn State recruiting, which has thrived under the second-year head coach, despite dealing with the sanctions they were handed following the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
One of those recruits, five-star defensive tackle commit Thomas Holley, broke some interesting news of his own within the last hour.
Holly spoke to 247 Sports and he claims that he spoke to O’Brien not too long ago, and the Penn State head man reiterated to him that the rumors are untrue, and he will be staying in Happy Valley:
“I just off the phone with him,” Holley said. “He said he isn’t going. It’s not true.”
We’ve seen some shady characters in the realm of college football throughout the years, but I have to say, O’Brien doesn’t strike many as a liar.