Houston football: Les Miles, Lane Kiffin emerge as candidates

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The Houston football program began its search for the next head coach from within by interviewing defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, the interim coach for the team’s bowl game, and offensive coordinator Major Applewhite.

However, on Thursday, reports surfaced that show the Cougars are also looking at some potential big name candidates.

According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, Houston has contacted former LSU coach Les Miles and Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin about the vacancy.

“Les Miles has always recruited Texas (while head coach at LSU and Oklahoma State) and has friends in Houston,” one source told ESPN.com. “It could be what Miles is looking for.”

That was confirmed by Houston board of regents chairman Tilman Fertitta, who admits Miles is on the short list.

“I think we have some interest in him, and he has interest in us,” Fertitta told Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle. “I’m not saying he’s No. 5 on the list or No. 1 on the list. He’s just on the list.”

It will be interesting to see if Miles would bite on the Houston job since he reportedly wants to return to the Power Five, but it would certainly be a great boost for the Cougars after losing Tom Herman to Texas.

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