With the Houston Cougars job open following the firing of Major Applewhite, a couple of former and current Big 12 names are surfacing for the job. But one has already turned it down. Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury reportedly declined Houston’s offer, according to Brett McMurphy. Kingsbury recently took the offensive coordinator position at USC.
USC OC/former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has declined “a lucrative offer” to become coach at Houston, source told @WatchStadium. WVU’s Dana Holgorsen is UH’s next target, source said
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 31, 2018
Despite not succeeding the level of expectations in Lubbock, Kingsbury became a hot commodity on the coaching market, weighing several offers, including reportedly NFL coordinator positions. USC, which struggled mightily on the offensive side of the ball, is hoping Kingsbury can be the quarterback whisperer as he was for Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield, Alan Bowman and others.
Kingsbury previously coached with the Cougars as the offensive quality control coach and then co-offensive coordinator from 2008 to 2011. At Texas Tech, his offense finished in the Top 16 of scoring at the FBS level in three of the past four seasons.
For Houston, their attention turns to West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, who appears to be on the outs with West Virginia University. If Holgorsen is plucked from Morgantown, then 40% of the Big 12 coaches would be turning over in 2019, joining Texas Tech, Kansas and Kansas State.
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