Penn State Football: Bill O'Brien Introduced As Houston Texans' Head Coach
Wearing a Houston Texans' tie and a pin, Bill O'Brien was officially no longer the head football coach at Penn State. His new home unrolled all of the glitz and glamour the NFL has to offer, a red carpet, photo-ops, a VIP reception before his introduction.
If there had been any Penn State fans needing a pinch to snap them back into reality, O'Brien's NFL-focused speak was all they would need to realize O'Brien really had moved on from Happy Valley.
But after thanks his new bosses, and thanking his family, O'Brien spoke to those watching back on the east coast.
“I just want to thank Penn State for the opportunity they gave me to be their head football coach," he said. "I love the players at Penn State, and I respect their toughness and their resiliency and everything they demonstrated on a day-to-day basis. From the day we walked in the door at Penn State, the players did everything we asked them to do, and I respect them for that.
“I do regret not being able to continue with the great kids on that team. While I tried never to mislead anyone, I understand if some people feel let down. I do. I understand that. It was a decision that was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, and it was a great opportunity for our family.”
Even with his appreciation for the last two years, O'Brien is a coach built for the NFL and at the end of the day that's what he missed the most.
“I have a real passion for the NFL,” he said. I had a great experience in New England. It’s a fantastic organization. We won a lot of games there. I just really enjoyed the players, the strategy from week to week, the offseason preparation, the part I had in the draft and free agency. I just really enjoyed it, and I missed it."
Penn State will continue to search for a new head coach, a search that is expected to be brief.