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Thursday, January 7, 2010
Houston offered Slocum DC position

By Graham Watson

Houston’s top candidate to replace defensive coordinator John Skladany, who was relieved of his duties on Wednesday, has turned the Cougars down.

Houston offered to position to former Texas A&M head coach R.C. Slocum, but Slocum turned the job down and said he likely will not coach again in any capacity.

Slocum was the head coach of the Aggies from 1989-2002, and from 1982-88 he was the Aggies' defensive coordinator.

Slocum was fired in 2002 and has not coached since. He is currently a special adviser to the president of Texas A&M and is the president of the American Football Coaches Association.

Other candidates for the position have not been named, though all of them currently have FBS jobs.

Skladany spent two seasons with Houston, and during his tenure the Cougars were one of the worst defensive units 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.