By Harry Allison
Failed white guys always get a second or third chance.
Bill O’Brien, who bailed on Penn State after cleaning up the mess left by the Jerry Sandusky scandal, only to go to the Houston Texans and ruining that franchise, has a new job.
Alabama is finalizing a deal with O’Brien to be the next offensive coordinator under Nick Saban, according to ESPN. O’Brien reportedly spent yesterday at Alabama’s facilities, and spent time with the team leading into the College Football Playoff championship game.
The deal comes three months after O’Brien was relieved of his duties with the Texans, setting him up to be the latest fallen coach to burnish his reputation under Saban.
Until a few years ago, O’Brien was well-regarded as a coach. He rose through the ranks to offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots, then took over a Penn State program devastated by sanctions following the Sandusky scandal. O’Brien led the Nittany Lions to winning records in both of his seasons at the helm despite limited scholarships and several transfers.
That success earned him a promotion to the NFL, where he inherited a strong but underperforming roster in Houston. In seven seasons with Houston, O’Brien held a 52-48 record and led the team to four division titles.