Penn State's Bill O'Brien may very well be the Houston Texans' top choice to become the third head coach in franchise history.
But after that stated as much Saturday, there is mounting evidence to suggest that O'Brien-to-Houston is not yet a done deal.
At least, that is the case as I write this late Saturday night.
Earlier Saturday, Mortensen and Schefter reported that O'Brien is the "overwhelming favorite" to be named Houston's next head coach, and that O'Brien's people and the Texans are working to get a deal done in the next several days.
There have been a few interesting developments since that original report ...
**PSU 2014 recruit Thomas Holley, a defensive lineman and one of the prizes of the Lions' 2014 class, told ESPN.com that he spoke with O'Brien Saturday and was assured by the Lions' coach that he would return for the 2014 season.
"He (O'Brien) said it's not true,'' Holley said of the Texans' story, "he's going to be at Penn State and he's going to be there for me when I get there."
**The Lions received another verbal commitment Saturday. Penn State a one-time Connecticut verbal. According to Blue-White Illustrated, Wright informed O'Brien of his decision to commit on Saturday.
If O'Brien is closing in on a deal with the Texans, the timing of Wright's commitment, and his reported communication with O'Brien, would seem a bit odd.
**Houston Texans owner Bob McNair spoke with veteran sportswriter John McClain of the Houston Chronicle Saturday night and
The process has been underway, and it continues, McNair told McClain.
The process isn t over. We have other candidates to interview next week.
The Texans have also interviewed former Chicago head coach Lovie Smith and Wade Phillips, Houston's interim coach at the moment, according to McClain.
Houston (2-13), which concludes the season Sunday at Tennessee, fired Gary Kubiak in-season. Kubiak was the head coach from 2006-2013, replacing Dom Capers (2002-2005).
**I reached out to the fathers of two prominent young Penn State football players Saturday night, one via text and one via the telephone.
Both fathers told me their sons had spoken with O'Brien by phone on Saturday and, while unwilling to go into the specifics of the conversations, neither parent seemed concerned about the NFL report involving O'Brien
One father texted me, "not worried right now.''
The other said his son was "comfortable" with what O'Brien had to say.
O'Brien recently completed the second year of the 5-year deal he signed at Penn State. His NFL buyout is believed to be approximately .5 million.
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