Major Applewhite named new Houston football coach

It looks like those reports from Thursday about Lane Kiffin becoming the next Houston football coach can be laid to rest.

On Friday morning, Houston announced its replacement for Tom Herman and it wasn’t the Alabama Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator. Instead, the Cougars stayed in house and named current offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Major Applewhite as Herman’s successor.

The news was passed along by Hunter Yurachek, Vice President for Athletics at the University of Houston.

Applewhite, a former star quarterback for the Texas Longhorns, is just 38 years old. Before joining Houston’s staff in 2015, he spent time with Texas, Syracuse, Rice and Alabama.

It will be interesting to see what he is able to do as the leading man in Houston, with a solid team already in place.

Houston defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and Kiffin were also candidates for the job. Now, we will have to wait and see if Applewhite retains Orlando and what is next for Kiffin. According to reports, if Kiffin didn’t receive the Houston job, he was likely either accepting the gig at USF or joining good friend Ed Orgeron at LSU.

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