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2016 Schedule
9-3, 3rd in American Athletic - West
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10hSam Khan Jr.

Houston regent: Kiffin not safe hire for Cougars

Houston board of regents chairman Tilman Fertitta said Friday night that Lane Kiffin was never close to becoming the Cougars' head coach and that the Alabama OC "was not a safe hire."

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Champ. Drive: Applewhite Hired, Heisman Race For 2nd?

Matt Schick, Ivan Maisel and Adam Rittenberg discuss the ramifications of Houston hiring Major Applewhite, debate if it's a race for 2nd place with the Heisman Trophy & more. Plus they chat with '95 Heisman winner Eddie George as well as Steve Walsh and Tony Rice about "Catholics vs. Convicts."

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Houston hopes Applewhite can continue Cougars' success (1:45)

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

New Houston head coach Major Applewhite has worked for: Mack Brown, Greg Robinson, Todd Graham, Nick Saban and Tom Herman.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

One big plus for Houston in promoting offensive coordinator Major Applewhite: his in-state recruiting ties. He spent 11 of his 13 seasons in the state of Texas. As a Baton Rouge native, he also is familiar with the Louisiana landscape. Both states are fertile with talent.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

New Houston coach Major Applewhite will receive a five-year contract, a source told ESPN.com. No word yet on salary or other parameters.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

New Houston coach Major Applewhite assumes his position immediately, meaning he'll lead the Cougars in the Las Vegas Bowl vs. San Diego State. Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, who was the interim head coach during the search, will assume his usual duties.

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Howard thinks Applewhite is great hire for Houston (0:43)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek on the hiring of Major Applewhite as coach: "We wanted a coach with great integrity who believed in our mission and truly believed in our student-athlete experience. 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."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban on reports surrounding OC Lane Kiffin possibly becoming Houston's next head coach: "As far as I know I don't think anything's been decided." Added that he expects Houston to make an announcement about its head-coaching search soon. Saban said he and and the team are supportive of Lane if he were to move on to be a head coach somewhere else. Said a decision on if Kiffin will coach through the College Football Playoff will be made "when we have a decision to make."

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Can Cougars beat Aztecs without Herman? (0:35)
ESPN Stats & Info

Houston second to none in Texas

Houston isn't a Power 5 job, but it has become better than most of its Power 5 competitors in Texas. During the last two seasons, the Cougars' record is much better than its Power 5 rivals.

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Will Houston hire Kiffin? (2:11)
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Would Lane Kiffin be a good fit for Houston? (1:13)

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson called offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin the "best offensive mind" he's ever been around. If Kiffin is named Houston's new coach, Robinson "wished him the best of luck and he'll do well."

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A new suitor for Lane Kiffin?

Alabama's offensive coordinator has been linked to the vacancy at Houston. With Willie Taggart moving cross country to Oregon, Adam Rittenberg writes that USF is another potential landing spot for Kiffin. Coaching carousel (Insider)

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

As the Houston Chronicle first reported, Oklahoma offense coordinator Lincoln Riley is no longer in the running for the Houston head coaching job, according to a source. Houston's search is now focused on the two in-house candidates, defensive coordinator and interim head coach Todd Orlando and offensive coordinator Major Applewhite, as well as Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. The Cougars could have a coach named by the end of the week.

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Champ. Drive: Mass Exodus From The AAC

Ivan Maisel, Chris Low & Doug Kezirian weigh in on Oregon's hire of Willie Taggart, the mass exodus of coaches from the American and more. Plus, they remember Rashaan Salaam.

Team Stats

Passing Yards301.915th
Rushing Yards157.387th
Points For37.522nd
Points Against22.6Tied-27th