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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Source: Houston fires DC Skladany

By Graham Watson

Houston has apparently taken care of its most glaring deficiency from last season.

A source told ESPN The Magazine’s Bruce Feldman that John Skladany is out as defensive coordinator for the Cougars.

Skladany has been with Houston for two seasons and in that time the Cougars have been one of the worst defensive teams in the country. This season, Houston ranked 111th in the nation in total defense with 451.29 yards allowed per game and it allowed 30.07 points per game. Several times this season, the Cougars counted on their potent offense to outscore opponents and win games.

Last season, the defense allowed 413.46 yards per game and 30.92 points per game.

Whoever takes over the defensive coordinator position will inherit some young talent. The Cougars started just four seniors on defense and 12 freshmen and sophomores were listed on the two-deep. Houston started two freshmen.

Houston finished the season 10-4 after an 8-1 start. The Cougars were the only team to defeat three teams from automatic qualifying conferences during the nonconference season.