Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Houston hires an offensive coordinator
By Graham Watson
Houston has finally named a replacement for offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who left the program to take the same position at Oklahoma State last month.
Wide receivers coach Jason Phillips will be the Cougars' new offensive coordinator and newly named quarterbacks coach Kliff Kingsbury will be co-offensive coordinator in addition to his quarterback duties.
“Continuity, especially on the offensive of the ball, was very important in all of these decisions,” coach Kevin Sumlin said. “Jason understands what we have been doing here and what we want to continue doing on the offensive side of the ball. Jason has a lot of experience, and he knows the style of offense we prefer. He’ll do a tremendous job.
“Kliff was a tremendous player as a quarterback and has been in the background with our offensive staff for the past two years. This will give him an opportunity to continue the progress and development in the level of quarterback play.”
Involving Kingsbury in the offense makes sense since he played under Holgorsen at Texas Tech and knows the style of offense Houston is trying to play inside and out. Since Kingsbury doesn’t have much experience, pairing him with Phillips, who has been with the Cougars for the past eight seasons, will be a good way to teach him the daily duties of the offensive coordinator.
Kingsbury also has a good rapport with starting quarterback Case Keenum and should be able to help seamlessly guide this offense forward.
Sumlin also promoted special-teams coordinator Tony Levine to assistant head coach. Levine will continue to coach Houston's inside receivers and tight ends. Running backs coach Clarence McKinney will be the recruiting coordinator.