NFL sources told FOX 26 Sports that the Houston Texans have reached a contract agreement with Penn State's Bill O'Brien as he becomes the third head coach in franchise history.
According to NFL sources O'Brien agreed to a five-year contract.
The team is expeced to make the official announcement concerning O'Brien on Thursday.
He joins the Texans after two years as head coach at Penn State.
In his first season (2012) with the Nittany Lions O'Brien had remarkable success coming in the aftermath of the horrific Jerry Sandusky scandal.
O'Brien led Penn State to an 8-4 record, the first time a first-year coach led the Nittany Lions to an eight-win season in the 126-year history of the program.
After losing the first two games, O'Brien led Penn State on a five-game winning streak, the first such streak by a first-year head coach of the Nittany Lions since 1915.
O'Brien's first Penn State team wrapped up its 2012 season with a victory over eventual Big Ten champion Wisconsin.
For his efforts O'Brien was named winner of both the media and the coaches Big Ten Coach of the Awards and he was named the 2012 winner of the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award, given annually in Houston to college football's coach of the year.
In 2013, Penn State, which is not allowed to play in bowls as a result of the Sandusky scandal, finished the season with a 7-5 record.
Prior to joining Penn State, O'Brien spent five years (2007-2011) on head coach Bill Belichick's staff at New England.
He was the Patriots' receivers coach (2008), quarterbacks coach (2009-10) and then offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2011.
O'Brien has also worked at Brown, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke
O'Brien replaces Gary Kubiak who was fired with three games left in the regular season.
Kubiak had been with the Texans for eight years, leading them to their first two AFC South titles in 2011 and 2012.