UNIVERSITY PARK - Bill O'Brien arrived at the Houston airport on Thursday and was immediately met by the media, giving him his first opportunity to make public comments about his decision to leave Penn State for the Texans.
"In your lifetime, you only get certain opportunities so many times," O'Brien told the Houston Chronicle. "You have an opportunity to come here and work for a great owner like Mr. [Bob] McNair and an organization like the Texans.
"It is a very exciting time for myself and my family. This is a fantastic opportunity."
He once said that about Penn State, when he was hired in January of 2012.
"They gave me my first opportunity to be a head coach, and I'll always thank them for that," O'Brien said of Penn State.
He didn't provide any specifics about why he left.
"Those things are tough," he said. "They're not easy. They're great kids at Penn State, a lot of great people there."
The Texans finished an NFL-worst 2-14 this season and will have the No. 1 pick in the draft. The organization does have a lot of talent on its roster, however, and a chance at a quick turnaround there is appealing to O'Brien.
"We'll work very hard to field a very competitive team," he said. "It's all about winning. Everything we do as a team will be about winning. Hopefully we'll get started real soon."