Major Applewhite is now head coach


The Houston Cougars have enlisted offensive coordinator MajorApplewhite to succeed Tom Herman as the team’s new head coach, it was declared Friday.

Sources told Sam Khan Jr. that Applewhite has gotten a five-year contract. The university has scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. CT Monday.

“When we set out on our search for the new leader of our football program, we wanted a coach with great integrity who believed in our mission and truly believed in our student-athlete experience,” athletic executive Hunter Yurachek said in an announcement. “We had our sights set on a focused competitor who has demonstrated success and possesses a deep connection to college and high school football in the great state of Texas.

“As this process was completed, it was clearly evident the only individual to offer our position to was Major Applewhite and he was indeed the right man to lead our program.”

Alabama offensive organizer Lane Kiffin, Houston defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, former LSU coach Les Miles and Oklahoma offensive facilitator Lincoln Riley likewise were accounted for possibility for the employment.

Applewhite will assume control over the job immediately, honing the Cougars against San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17. Orlando, who has been serving as the interim coach since Herman accepted the Texas job on Nov. 26, will remain as defensive coordinator.

A source told on Thursday that the university wanted to require an excessive buyout so the next coach can’t leave after a couple of seasons without paying a substantial penalty. Herman left in the wake of running 22-4 with the Cougars more than two seasons.

“My family and I are excited and honored to have the opportunity to lead such a tradition rich program and continue our lives in one of the greatest cities is the nation, a city we love,” Applewhite said. “The student-athletes truly are the backbone of every great program and as they’ve demonstrated over the past few years, we have an exceptional group of young men in our program, and we’ll continue to add men with great character and a competitive drive in our recruiting.”

Applewhite, who joined Houston in 2015, consolidated with Herman to lead one of the country’s best offenses. The Cougars positioned fifteenth broadly in passing offense (301.9 yards for every diversion) and 21st in scoring (38 focuses per amusement) this season. Also, they found the middle value of 157 yards surging in 2016.

Generally speaking, Houston increased more than 500 yards in a diversion on 11 events in the course of the last two seasons.

“It’s no coincidence that the success UH football has achieved over the past two seasons happened with Major Applewhite running our offense,” university president Renu Khator said in a statement. “His energy and creativity are responsible for one of the most explosive passing games in college football and I am confident that as our head coach he will continue our upward trajectory as a nationally relevant athletics program.”


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