The Houston football program announced two additions to Major Applewhite’s coaching staff, with one of the hires sparking plenty of controversy.
Houston hired former Baylor assistant Kendal Briles, the son of disgraced head coach Art Briles and someone who court documents show used sex to help recruiting while coaching on his father’s staff, to serve as the new offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and associate head coach.
The program also hired Randy Clements, who also served under Briles, as its run game coordinator and offensive line coach.
“We are excited to welcome Kendal, Randy and their families back to Houston. They have extensive knowledge of our program and its standards, and we know they will be the right fit,” said Applewhite in a statement.
“They both have been a part of some of the nation’s top offenses with multiple programs and have shown the ability to learn and adapt while staying thoroughly tied into our state’s landscape in terms of recruiting. Throughout this process we have researched their abilities and backgrounds with several references and have received glowing praise.”
Applewhite addressed the controversial hires with a brief statement after some backlash.
“My family and I are excited to return to Houston where my wife and I met while both competing for Houston Athletics,” said Briles.
“I have personal stock in how the University of Houston performs with first-hand knowledge of the department’s values, and I am fully committed to ensuring Houston is represented fittingly on and off the field.”
Houston is coming off of a 9-4 season which ended with a blowout los to San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl.