HOUSTON (CBS-Houston) – Taking over the reins of a successful football program can be difficult for some, not as difficult for others who put in the work. For the new Head Football Coach of the Houston Cougars, it’s just a matter of stepping in for the departed Kevin Sumlin and doing the job.

Tony Levine has already begun to make his mark as he won his first college football game which just happened to be the Ticket City Bowl versus Penn State. The Cougars won 30-14 in decisive fashion.

The Bowl game was January 2 and Levine had just accepted the position on December 22, which, by the way, was initially an interim position. Now that he is the Head Coach, he has a myriad of responsibilities and one of them includes recruiting.

“It’s been fly to Dallas and going to Louisiana a little bit and Greater Houston and all over the State of Texas,” says Levine. “So, it’s been an experience, it’s been fun. And here in about 46 hours or so, we’ll get these National Letters of Intent in and should be wrapping it up and moving towards spring ball.”

Levine looks forward to finalizing his very first recruiting class as a college football head coach.

“You know I told a couple of kids this weekend – in four months they’ll be here on campus checking into the dorms. So, nothing really slows down and really looking forward to Wednesday getting here.”


The Cougars finished 13-1 last season with a mostly a senior class of talented players at just about every position on the field, especially on offense. All-American QB Case Keenum will be playing in the NFL next season and look for speedy receivers Patrick Edwards and Justin Johnson to catch a pass or two on Sunday’s as well.



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