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Houston Texans News: January 14, 2016

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, January 14, 2016.

Look it's a picture of J.J. Watt and Mike Francesa.
Look it's a picture of J.J. Watt and Mike Francesa.
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Houston Texans news

Report: Texans expected to release Arian Foster | ProFootballTalk
The Texans are definitely looking for a starting quarterback this offseason. It looks like there's a good chance that they'll be in the market for a running back as well. Arian Foster is turning 30, coming off a torn Achilles and set to make a non-guaranteed...

New York radio host rips Texans star J.J. Watt - Ultimate Texans
The Texans star pass rusher J.J. Watt gets plenty of love from the media, but we've found at least one person who isn't a huge fan.

Texans owner on No. 1 offseason priority: Finding a franchise QB - CBSSports.com
You know things have gone sideways in a hurry when, in the middle of a playoff game, a stadium full of supporters are chanting, 'WE WANT WEEDEN!'

Texans executive Kevin Cooper leaving franchise - Ultimate Texans
Yates graduate had been with franchise for 14 years.

Winning Super Bowl the goal for Texans owner - Houston Chronicle
Bob McNair wants to clear up any confusion about his goal as the Texans' owner.

Around the League

The Dark Knight unmasked - SBNation.com
Like the Panthers, Josh Norman is under-appreciated. But people are starting to take notice.

At least the Browns are using better buzz words - SBNation.com
The Browns talked an awful lot about stability when they introduced Hue Jackson as the new head coach on Wednesday night. At least their talking about it, right?

3 ways the Seahawks win with Doug Baldwin - SBNation.com
The biggest matchup to watch this week? Doug Baldwin vs. Josh Norman.

Instant analysis: Giants hiring of Ben McAdoo makes sense - Big Blue View
At least, that is my view. What is yours? Vote in the poll and let us know in the comments.

Browns expected to dump Johnny Manziel after hiring Hue Jackson - SBNation.com
The Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland could be ending now that the Browns have hired Hue Jackson.

NFL playoff picks 2016, Divisional round: Cardinals, Broncos heavy favorites among experts - SBNation.com
Just eight teams remain in the playoffs. Our panel of experts makes its picks on who will move on to the conference championship round.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros trade rumors: Houston checks on Ender Inciarte - The Crawfish Boxes
Houston already has a logjam in the outfield, inquired about Braves' Ender Inciarte.

Rockets hold on vs. Minnesota for their 5th win in a row - The Dream Shake
And James Harden hits 10K!

NCAA closes inquiry into alleged Texas Longhorns basketball academic misconduct - Burnt Orange Nation
Extensive investigations determined that the Longhorns did not provide improper academic assistance, commit academic misconduct, or violate university policies.

The Big 12 Gets Their Conference Championship Option - Viva The Matadors
Now that the Big 12 can have a conference championship, Tech can go ahead and participate.

The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad game: BU 82, TCU 54 - Frogs O' War
The Frogs hit the road in Waco and hung tough... for a little less than a half. After that, not so much.

Big 12 can officially have a conference championship without expanding, if it wants - SBNation.com
Bad news for those hoping other conferences would force the Big 12 to expand.

Aggie Football Recruiting: Down the stretch they come. - Good Bull Hunting
Who is Texas A&M still pursuing coming off of the dead period?

Alabama-Clemson TV Ratings: Classic Good News, Bad News - Barking Carnival
The 2nd college football national championship game was a ratings hit, just not as big as ESPN and the advertisers had hoped.

North Dakota State Rolls to their fifth consecutive FCS championship - Underdog Dynasty
That's five consecutive FCS titles, in case your counting or grammar is struggling right now.