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Texas refused offer in exchange for lowering Herman buyout

The Texas Longhorns were obviously impressed with what Tom Herman was able to do with the Houston football program, but that doesn’t mean they want to schedule a game against their new coach’s former team. On Monday, Houston athletic director Hunter Yuracheck revealed that the Cougars offered Texas a chance to reduce Herman’s $2.5 million buyout by agreeing to play a home-and-home...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 13, 2016  |  Discuss

New coach Major Applewhite intends to remain at Houston long-term

Everyone’s favorite feeder school, the Houston Cougars, recently signed their next former head coach. As a resolution to replace coach Tom Herman who left his post to coach at Texas, the Cougars have signed Major Applewhite as the leader of their football program. In recent history, Houston has been one of the premiere places to snag up-and-coming coaching talent. Their last three...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 12, 2016

New coach Applewhite vows that he'll be at Houston long-term

HOUSTON (AP) In recent years, Houston has been a stepping stone, a quick stop for up-and-coming coaches on their way to jobs seen as bigger and better. Art Briles was at Houston before leaving for Baylor. Kevin Sumlin started with the Cougars before moving on to Texas A&M, and last month Tom Herman left for Texas after just two seasons with the Cougars. On Monday, Houston introduced...
Via AP on Fox
December 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston regent: Lane Kiffin ‘was not a safe hire’

Lane Kiffin was never as close to the Houston job as it was reported he was. Tilman Fertitta, the chair of Houston’s board of regents, told KILT-AM in Houston on Friday that Kiffin was never that close to getting the job, and the school ultimately saw him as too much of a risk. “Lane Kiffin did not show me anything that Major Applewhite did not show me,” Fertitta told the “Gallant...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Lane Kiffin reportedly believed Houston job was his

Houston has officially named its next head football coach, and many of us were shocked to learn that the job did not go to Lane Kiffin. You have to wonder if Kiffin is just as stunned. Dan Wolken of USA Today reported on Thursday that Houston was finalizing plans to hire Kiffin, pending the approval of school president Renu Khator. The report left open the possibility that Khator...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston Promotes Major Applewhite to Head Coach

UH decides to keep their momentum rolling with an internal hire. The University of Houston Cougars have a new head coach. As reported by various outlets this morning, former offensive coordinator Major Applewhite has been promoted to head coach following the departure of Tom Herman to the University of Texas. Applewhite got the nod over reported finalists Lane Kiffin, Les Miles,...
Via Underdog Dynasty
December 09, 2016

Houston hires Major Applewhite to replace Tom Herman as head coach

The Houston Cougars stayed in-house to find their replacement for Tom Herman, hiring Major Applewhite as their new head coach on Friday morning.Applewhite was the offensive coordinator and QBs coach under Herman the past two seasons, and he also has been an assistant at Texas, Rice, Alabama and Syracuse.During his four-year collegiate career (1998-2001) at Texas, Applewhite passed...
Via FOX Sports
December 09, 2016

Houston hires Major Applewhite as next head coach

Houston has reached a decision on who will be the school’s next head football coach, and it is not Lane Kiffin. The Cougars announced on Friday that offensive coordinator Major Applewhite has been promoted to head coach. Major Applewhite named as Houston's head coach. He replaces Tom Herman pic.twitter.com/gmjJ3Yx7J0 — Chris Hummer (@chris_hummer) December 9, 2016 The announcement...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Houston wants next coach to have huge buyout clause

The Houston Cougars do not want to lose their next football coach in the same way they lost Tom Herman to Texas. According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the school wants to insert an “excessive” buyout clause in their next coach’s contract to make it difficult or impossible for a quick exit from the school. The finalists for the job are Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, Houston...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston AD seemingly refutes Kiffin rumors with clever tweet

Rumors are swirling that Lane Kiffin has been unofficially named the next head coach at Houston, but a tweet sent by the school’s athletic director on Thursday morning indicated no decision has been made. Shortly after a report from Dan Wolken of USA Today claimed Kiffin is operating as if the Houston job is his, Cougars AD Hunter Yurachek tweeted the following: pic.twitter.com...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Lane Kiffin to be named next head coach at Houston

Lane Kiffin is reportedly on the verge of being hired as the next head coach at Houston. Two people with knowledge of the situation told Dan Wolken of USA Today that Houston has decided on Kiffin, though the final approval will have to come from university president Renu Khator on Thursday. Wolken notes that Kiffin has been operating under the assumption that the job is his. However...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston denies report that Art Briles is candidate for coaching position

The Houston Cougars denied that former Baylor coach Art Briles was a candidate for their coaching vacancy. After reports circulated that Briles was on Houston’s shortlist, athletic director Hunter Yurachek issued a statement Saturday stating that he was not under consideration for the position. “Earlier this week Art Briles expressed interest to me regarding the Houston head coach...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Prominent Houston booster unloads on Tom Herman

Tom Herman left Houston for the opportunity to lead a much bigger program in the state of Texas, and at least one prominent booster feels the coach acted with no class on his way out the door. Darryl Schroeder, a booster for the Cougars, unloaded on Herman in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon. In his rant, Schroeder claimed Herman promised Houston that he would not leave the school...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Kiffin, Miles being considered for Houston job

Houston was unable to convince Tom Herman to turn down the opportunity to coach a huge program like Texas, and that has left the Cougars to consider the possibility of replacing Herman with one of the bigger names in college football. According to a report from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, former LSU head coach Les Miles and Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin have both emerged...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Cougars moving on in wake of Herman's departure for Texas

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Cougars are picking up the pieces after coach Tom Herman bolted for Texas this weekend. Interim coach Todd Orlando has taken over to prepare them for their bowl game while the administration looks for a new coach to try and build on the progress Herman made in two seasons. Orlando, who was Houston's defensive coordinator under Herman, thinks the Cougars...
Via AP on Fox
November 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Tom Herman’s wife continues beef with former Houston radio host

Tom Herman’s wife Michelle got into it with a sports commentator over Twitter Monday for some criticism of her husband. Nick Wright, a former Houston radio personality now with FOX Sports, lobbed this zinger at Herman Monday: . @CoachTomHerman I'll still do lunch, but I'm worried that you'll pick a place, say it's the best, then go to the nicer one up the street. — nick wright...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Tom Herman writes goodbye letter to Houston fans

Houston Cougars football head coach Tom Herman told his players he wasn’t going to leave the team for another school, and then he did. The Texas Longhorns announced that they were parting ways with Charlie Strong on Saturday, and just hours later, we learned that Herman would be taking over for him. Herman, who has strong Texas ties, understands the passion that fans in that state...
Via The Sports Daily
November 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Houston to consider coordinators Applewhite, Orlando for head coach

Houston may not have to look very far for a replacement for Tom Herman. According to FOX 26 in Houston’s Mark Berman, both Major Applewhite and Todd Orlando have expressed interest in Houston’s head coaching job and will be considered for the position. According to sources Todd Orlando and Major Applewhite have both expressed in replacing Tom Herman at @UHCougarFB and will be...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Tom Herman hasn’t ruled out offer from Texas

Houston head coach Tom Herman has supposedly been in deep discussions with LSU about the school’s potential coaching vacancy, but it does not sound like an agreement is in place just yet. According to a report from Chris Low and Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com, Herman has not yet ruled out considering an offer from Texas. Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports is also reporting that Herman has...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Davis with winning shot as Houston edges Vermont 72-71

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Devin Davis sank a layup with one second to play to give Houston a 72-71 edge over Vermont in the Gulf Coast Showcase on Wednesday night. Houston trailed 71-70 for nearly the final minute when Davis got the assist from Damyean Dotson inside and sank the layup with one second to play to win it for the Cougars (4-0). Davis finished with 10 points and seven rebounds...
Via AP on Fox
November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston blasts S. Dakota 85-58 advancing to Gulf Coast final

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Damyean Dotson scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Danrad Knowles added 16 points and five boards as Houston ran away from South Dakota in the second half for an 85-58 win in the Gulf Coast Showcase. The Cougars advanced to Wednesday's championship game against Vermont, an 87-73 winner over Hofstra on Tuesday night. South Dakota will take on Hofstra...
Via AP on Fox
November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Tom Herman: Support from Houston chairman ‘means the world’

Tom Herman got emotional when thinking about the comments made by Tilman Fertitta about him this week. Fertitta, the chairman of the University of Houston regents, said on Monday that if the Cougars lose Herman to another school, it won’t be for a lack of money. Translation: We will offer him as much money as anybody else who comes calling. When asked Tuesday about Fertitta’s support...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston overpowers George Mason in 93-56 win

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Rob Gray scored 23 points, Damyean Dotson added 16 more, including four 3-pointers, and Houston cruised to a 93-56 win over George Mason in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Monday night. Houston (2-0) hit 54 percent of its 65 shots from the field, including 13 of 22 from long range, and had six players reach double figures. Wes VanBeck contributed...
Via AP on Fox
November 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston chairman: We will not lose Tom Herman over money

If Houston is going to lose Tom Herman to another school, it won’t be over a lack of money. Tilman Fertitta, chairman of the University of Houston Board of Regents, spoke with FOX 26 in Houston and said he did not fear losing Herman because of financial reasons. “We’re not going to lose him over money,” Fertitta told FOX 26. “If he wants to leave, he’s going to leave. I don’t think...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Tom Herman, Chad Morris top targets for Baylor job

The Baylor Bears are reportedly stepping up their coaching search and have two top candidates in mind. Houston coach Tom Herman and SMU coach Chad Morris are at or near the top of Baylor’s list of potential hires, according to Travis Haney of 247 Sports. Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades hired Herman at Houston, so there is a connection there. However, the Cougars coach will...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 18, 2016  |  Discuss
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