By NATE GRIFFIN, SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Winning the TicketCity Bowl 30-14 over Penn State January 2, 2012 was just the very beginning of a long and challenging, but exciting road for new Houston Cougar Head Football Coach Tony Levine. He is in the process of firmly securing the current recruits, looking to add new recruits and attempting to finalize the remaining open positions on his mostly new coaching staff.

With the departures of co-offensive coordinators Kliff Kingsbury to Texas A&M and just recently Jason Phillips to SMU, Lavine named Mike Nesbitt his new offensive coordinator on Wednesday.

Nesbitt is a former NFL punter who played with the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings. He has 16 years of coaching experience, 12 at the collegiate level with Blinn College, West Texas A&M, and Stephen F. Austin.

Jamie Christian replaces Levine as the new special teams’ coordinator. He will also coach the inside wide receivers and tight ends. Christian spent the last five seasons at Arizona State where he was the Sun Devils’ special teams coach and also coached the running backs and inside receivers/tight ends.


The positions Levine has to fill are critical to the total success of the program. He’s looking to replace former running backs coach, Clarence McKinney, outside receivers coach, Phillips, and strength and conditioning coach, Larry Jackson. But, as with all things football, timing is critical since school starts on Tuesday, January 17th.

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