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Texans' Bill O'Brien interested in Maryland head coaching job, per report

The Houston coach is interested in joining Maryland, per a report from Jason La Canfora.

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Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien is "very intrigued" by the idea of taking the Maryland football head coaching job, according to a report Sunday from CBS Sports's Jason La Canfora.

O'Brien last coached collegiately at Penn State two seasons ago, before he took the NFL job in Houston. He came to Penn State as Joe Paterno's replacement after serving as the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator. He has past experience as a Maryland assistant, having been the Terps' running backs coach in 2003 and 2004.

La Canfora says that Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank – who is thought to be heavily involved in Maryland's coaching search – is "aware" of O'Brien's interest. Things have gone south this season for the Texans, who have struggled with bad quarterback play and an injury to star running back Arian Foster.

La Canfora also reports that Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich, a former Maryland quarterback, is viewed as an "elite" candidate for Maryland's vacant job.

Update: Reporter John McClain disagrees with La Canfora's assessment.