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Houston Texans News: December 9, 2013

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, December 9, 2013.

Rich Schultz

Houston Texans News

Ultimate Texans " Gary Kubiak buys Houston Chronicle ad to thank team, fans, city
Former Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak bought a full-page advertisement in the Sunday Houston Chronicle to deliver a message to Houston.

Bill Barnwell on the Houston Texans - Grantland
Everything may be going wrong for the Texans right now, but they will be charging out of the cellar quicker than you might think.

Lovie Smith already contacted by Houston Texans -
The Houston Texans aren't wasting time in their search for a new coach. Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith already has been contacted by the Texans.

Report: Houston Texans owner has strong affinity for A&M's Kevin Sumlin | Dallas Morning News
The Houston Texans have begun their coaching search having fired Gary Kubiak on Friday, and Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin could be a candidate.

Possible candidates to replace Gary Kubiak as the Houston Texans' head coach | Audibles -
The Houston Texans fired head coach Gary Kubiak on Friday, one day after falling to 2-11 on the season. Kubiak's replacement will be asked to navigate a quick turnaround for a team that entered this year with Super Bowl aspirations.

Ultimate Texans " Texans will not pursue Shanahan, but interested in Smith, Shaw, Whisenhunt
I have seen so many lists and stories around the country about who the Texans are considering as Gary Kubiak’s replacement, and you can rule out a couple of prominent former and current coaches being mentioned.

Around the League

What we learned: 43 takeaways from Week 14 -
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are pulling away in the AFC, while some key injuries dealt blows to several playoff contenders. See what else we learned from Sunday's action.

Eagles vs. Lions Final Score: Philadelphia Runs All Over Detroit in A Snowy Victory, 34-20 - Bleeding Green Nation
LeSean McCoy rushed for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Eagles' win over the Lions on Sunday.

49ers-Seahawks final score: Special teams key 49ers to 19-17 victory - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers held on to defeat the Seattle Seahawks by a final score of 19-17. We take an early look at a wild game.

Patriots vs. Browns Final Score: Gronkowski Injured in Dramatic 27-26 Comeback Win - Pats Pulpit
The Patriots pulled off another dramatic comeback in a 27-26 victory over the Cleveland Browns, but may have lost Rob Gronkowski for the season.

With this win, the Baltimore Ravens are now 6-1 at home this season; proving that there simply is snow place like home.

Broncos Titans final score: Broncos smash Titans, records in 51-28 win - Mile High Report
The Broncos fell back 21-10 in the second quarter, but that didn't last long, as Denver trumped the Tennessee Titans 51-28 in Week 14. They set a host of franchise and league records in the process.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Dwight Howard breaks out as Rockets blowout Magic - The Dream Shake
James Harden and Dwight Howard had massive statistical games as the Rockets rolled past the Magic.

Texas Longhorns accept invitation to play the Oregon Ducks in the Alamo Bowl - Burnt Orange Nation
The Texas Longhorns are headed back to the Alamo Bowl to face off against the Oregon Ducks. But do the Horns stand a chance?

Texas Longhorns Will Face Oregon Ducks in Alamo Bowl - Barking Carnival
It's official. The 8-4 Longhorns will take on the 10-2 Oregon Ducks in San Antonio in a contest whose name capably evokes merciless slaughter. Nothing says successful four year rebuild like...

Texas Tech to Play Arizona St. in Holiday Bowl - Viva The Matadors
Per LAJ's Don Williams, the Texas Tech Red Raiders will travel to San Diego to play the Arizona St. Sun Devils in the Holiday Bowl.

Fiesta Bowl Matchup: Baylor vs. UCF in first-ever BCS bowl - Our Daily Bears
What we pretty much knew but didn't really know for sure is now official: the Baylor Bears will take on the UCF Knights, led by Blake Bortles, in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.

Texas A&M will take on Duke in Chick-Fil-A Bowl - Good Bull Hunting
Reports are confirming that the Aggies will head to Atlanta to face Duke on New Year's Eve.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was -What would your reaction be to Lovie Smith or Ken Whisenhunt being named the next head coach of the #Houston #Texans? #TTTQ