New Cougar Head Coach: Kevin Sumlin

The Chron is reporting that UH Athletic Director Dave Maggard will be calling a press conference for tomorrow to announce that Kevin Sumlin will be the new head coach of the Cougar football team.

Sumlin, 43, is currently the co-offensive coordinator, passing-game coordinator and wide receivers coach for the Oklahoma Sooners, where he has coached for the past five years. Sumlin has previously been an assistant coach at Washington State, Wyoming, Minnesota, Purdue and Texas A&M.

This moves comes somewhat out of left field, as most of the recent talk has centered on former Cougar head coach Jack Pardee and current Notre Dame offensive coordinator Michael Haywood.

I like this hire. Sumlin's young, and looks to be an up-and-comer. He sees this job as a stepping stone -- like Art Briles -- so his interest will be in continuing with Briles’ strides to keep this program relevant. And, like Briles, he has connections to Texas high schools, in that Oklahoma likes to raid Texas for players. True, he doesn't have a connection to the university, but then again, Briles did, and that didn't keep him from leaving.

Welcome to Houston, Kevin. Go Coogs! – John Royal

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