OU assistant coach headed to UH

HOUSTON, TX -- Oklahoma assistant coach Kevin Sumlin will be hired as Houston's football coach, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Houston athletic director Dave Maggard told the Houston Chronicle he was prepared to hire Sumlin, who has spent the last five years on Bob Stoops' staff at Oklahoma, on Friday.

Maggard declined to comment on the newspaper report to The Associated Press. He said he would make an announcement about the head coach at a news conference Friday.

Chris Burkhalter, Houston's associate athletics director, confirmed to The Associated Press a news conference had been scheduled for noon Friday but didn't elaborate. A call to Maggard by the AP was not immediately returned to the AP.

Sumlin would replace Art Briles, who resigned Nov. 28 and took over at Baylor. Sumlin has worked at Washington State, Wyoming, Minnesota, Purdue, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. He has been co-offensive coordinator for the Sooners for the last two seasons.

Others who'd been considered for the Houston job included former Cougars and NFL coach Jack Pardee, Notre offensive coordinator Michael Haywood, Tulsa offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and current interim coach Chris Thurmond.


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