Houston Tabs Sumlin As New Coach
Sumlin, 43, spent the past five seasons as an offensive
Dec. 14, 2007
HOUSTON (Ticker) -- After spending 17 seasons as an assistant, Kevin Sumlin finally will be running a college football program.
Sumlin was named as the new football coach at Houston on Friday, becoming the first African-American to land a Football Bowl Subdivision job in the state of Texas.
Sumlin, 43, spent the past five seasons as an offensive assistant under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma. The Indianapolis native also worked at Texas A&M (2001-2002), Purdue (1998-2000), Minnesota (1993-1997) and Wyoming (1991-1992).
"As I spoke with people around the country about Kevin, he is very highly regarded by his peers, by head coaches, by assistant coaches and by athletic directors," Houston athletic director Dave Maggard said. "He has been in programs that have been very strong programs (and in) programs where success has taken place and have continued the success.
"He has a great deal of success in recruiting, and he has been
recruiting the Houston area for a number of years during the
time he was at Texas A&M and the University of Oklahoma."