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Bill O'Brien isn't exactly denying rumors about his interest in Maryland's head coaching job

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The Texans coach was linked to Maryland over the weekend. Asked twice about his coaching future since then, O'Brien hasn't been so definitive.

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Ever since a CBS Sports report linked him to Maryland this Sunday, Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien has been under a bit of a microscope.

After the Texans beat Cincinnati on Monday Night Football, a reporter asked O'Brien about Maryland. He responded:

That's not a denial, Bill!

On Tuesday, the topic came up again – although we're not sure if Maryland was specifically mentioned this time.

That's not a denial, either. It's not really even close to being a denial.

It's worth adding here that there are serious reporters who think there's no shot:

I've been pretty skeptical about the O'Brien-to-Maryland notion for a while. At one point, I likened his chances of taking Maryland's open job to those of my 1-year-old dog. My rationale was that O'Brien, who came back to the NFL via Penn State and the New England Patriots, would be taking a de-facto demotion by joining the Terrapins. And it's not at all a guarantee he'll lose his job in Houston or leave it voluntarily.

I'll still be surprised if it happens. But where there's smoke, there's sometimes fire.

The Texans are 4-5 and don't have a quarterback, and O'Brien hasn't exactly tried to put out the flames.