Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Cougars have found their successor to head coach Tom Herman in Offensive Coordinator and quarterbacks coach Major Applewhite.

Applewhite, who joined the Cougars with Herman in 2015 is a former University of Texas quarterback and has been an top offensive coordinator for Texas, Alabama before coming to Houston.

“It’s no coincidence that the success UH football has achieved over the past two seasons happened with Major Applewhite running our offense,” University of Houston President Renu Khator said in a statement.  “His energy and creativity are responsible for one of the most explosive passing games in college football and I am confident that as our head coach he will continue our upward trajectory as a nationally relevant athletics program.”

There were a lot of names in the hat for UH to consider, from Les Miles to Lane Kiffin but the school decided it’s best bet was to stay with someone who knew their student/athletes.

“Major Applewhite is a huge reason we’ve won 22 games in the last two seasons and I’m excited that he’s our head coach,” University of Houston System Board of Regents Chairman Tilman Fertitta said. “He has demonstrated success on the field and on the sideline throughout his career. He knows we are positioned to compete for championships and I’m confident we’ll continue our success under his leadership.”

The Cougars will hope to keep 5-star recruit QB Kyle Allen who transferred from Texas A&M before the 2016 season to continue their impressive offense after senior QB Greg Ward Jr. graduates this season.


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