Penn State football: O’Brien’s future remains in limbo

While rumors continue to swirl, the only news about Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien and the possibility that he moves to the NFL is that there is no news.

While ESPN had reported a deal would be in place by Tuesday and other outlets said negotiations were continuing, the Nittany Lions officially still had a football coach as night fell on New Year’s Eve in State College.

The Houston Texans have been reportedly interested in bringing the Nittany Lions’ leader in as their new head coach, but nothing has been said on the record about the move.

When approached by the media Tuesday evening at Penn State’s men’s basketball game against Michigan State at the Bryce Jordan Center, Director of Athletics David Joyner would only give a “no comment.”

ESPN, CBS and NFL Network, among others, have all provided various departure scenarios, but nothing has yet to be confirmed.

O’Brien is considered one of the top candidates for an NFL head coaching job after his work with the Nittany Lions over the past two seasons. He landed numerous Coach of the Year awards after guiding the team to an 8-4 record in 2012, then followed with a 7-5 mark in 2013 despite being burdened by NCAA sanctions and scholarship reductions.