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 coaches all used their position at Houston as a stepping stone to larger, more recognizably branded programs.
Before Herman left for Texas, Art Briles went to Baylor and Kevin Sumlin left for Texas A&M.
It was with this backdrop that Applewhite addressed the media in his press conference. Flanked by cheerleaders and a thumping drum, the environment had a very “pep-rally” feel.
During his press conference, Apple white explicitly stated: “I want to be here long-term. I want to be here for the guys. I want to be here for the city and for the university … I think at this point in time in the history of this football program I think it is important to develop continuity.”
Exactly how long “long-term” is remains unseen. It might mean until another Power 5 Conference team comes knocking looking to contract his skills in exchange for a fat paycheck. Applewhite has already been at Houston throughout Herman’s tenure, serving as his offensive coordinator.
Will the turnstile continue within a few years or has Houston found their dynasty maker?
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