HOUSTON -- The University of Houston today named Kevin Sumlin as head football coach.
Sumlin has been an Oklahoma assistant for the past five seasons
under Bob Stoops.
He was promoted to co-offensive coordinator in 2006.
Sumlin agreed to a five-year contract. UH athletics director
Dave Maggard declined to say how much it was worth.
The 43-year-old Sumlin becomes the first black coach of the
Sumlin will continue to work for the Sooners (11-2) through
their Fiesta Bowl matchup with West Virginia (10-2).
Houston assistant Chris Thurmond was named interim coach after
Art Briles left for Baylor on November 28th.
Thurmond will coach Houston (8-4) against TCU (7-5) in the Texas
Bowl on December 28th.
Sumlin was an assistant at Washington State, Wyoming, Minnesota,
Purdue and Texas A&M before Stoops hired him before the 2003