Penn State's O'Brien and Texans still talking
Despite reports that Houston Texans chairman Bob McNair wanted to conclude negotiations with Penn State's Bill O'Brien on Tuesday and name him as coach, talks appeared to be ongoing with no finish line in sight.
There has been no word from sources on either side as to what, if anything, may be holding up the negotiations.
O'Brien, 44, who is 15-9 in his two seasons coaching the Nittany Lions, has been the front-runner for the Texans' job since the two sides talked last Thursday at O'Brien's vacation home on Cape Cod, according to sources.
Among two other candidates for the Houston job, former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith appears to be a leading candidate for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers position, and San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is not available to be interviewed because the Chargers are in the playoffs.
In news about possible candidates for the Penn State job should O'Brien leave, CBSSports.com reported that Tennessee Titans coach and former Nittany Lions star Mike Munchak would not know his fate with the team until he meets with Titans officials later this week.