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O’Brien takes over as Texans coach

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POSTED January 4, 2014 12:33 a.m.

HOUSTON (AP) — Bill O’Brien got a bit antsy as his introductory press conference with the Houston Texans started to drag on and a question was posed about how much he knows about his new team.

“I’ve got a lot of work to do on this team and the sooner that I can get back to my office and start that work, it’ll be better,” he said straight-faced as the rest of the room erupted in laughter.

Less than two years after replacing Joe Paterno as coach at Penn State, the 44-year-old O’Brien has returned to the NFL as coach of the Houston Texans. He was an offensive assistant under Bill Belichick at New England from 2007-12, but the Penn State job was his first as a head coach.

Now he gets the Texans, who spiraled to an NFL-worst 2-14 record last season.

No moves after Titans president meets with coach: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith says he has not made any decisions after reviewing every part of the team with coach Mike Munchak and his general manager.

Smith said in a statement Friday night that they had “good discussions, but no final decisions were made.”

General manager Ruston Webster said that they had a good conversation about moving forward and hope to have a decision soon.

The Tennessean cited sources Friday that Smith had decided to keep Munchak as his coach for 2014.

Oklahoma’s Stoops linked to Browns opening: CLEVELAND (AP) — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is the latest college coach to be linked to Cleveland’s head coaching vacancy.

Just hours after his Sooners stunned Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, Stoops, a Youngstown, Ohio native, didn’t rule out the possibility of jumping to the NFL. On Dan Patrick’s national radio show, Stoops said he’s not looking to pursue a pro job but “you never know down the road.”

Later, Stoops would not discuss rumors tying him to the Browns’ job with Oklahoma writers and again said “you never know” when pressed on the subject.

The Browns fired Rob Chudzinski following one season. The team has interviewed candidates and is reportedly interested in speaking with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn.

Last year, Browns owner Jimmy Kelly targeted Chip Kelly to be Cleveland’s coach, but the former Oregon coach decided to take Philadelphia’s job.

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