Houston Hires Major Applewhite as Head Coach Over Alabama OC Lane Kiffin

HOUSTON (AP) – University of Houston offensive coordinator Major Applewhite promoted to head football coach.

Despite several reports this week that Alabama Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin was in talks to take over at Houston after Tom Herman left the school for the University of Texas.

It’s the first head coaching job for the 38-year-old Applewhite, who served as Herman’s offensive coordinator the last two seasons. Herman recently left Houston to become the coach at Texas after two years with the Cougars.

Applewhite steps into a program that has had lot of success in the last 10 years and has become a launching pad for coaches. Art Briles went 34-28 with a Conference USA title at Houston from 2003-07 before moving on to Baylor. Kevin Sumlin went 35-17 from 2008-11 before leaving for Texas A&M. Herman went 22-4 with an American Athletic Conference championship in 2015.

The Cougars meet San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17.

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