Houston defensive coordinator, WR coach resign

HOUSTON -- Houston defensive coordinator Ron Harris and receivers coach Rodney Blackshear have resigned after a 6-6 season that ended with a loss to Kansas in the Fort Worth Bowl.

Harris spent three seasons in Houston and coached the defensive line for the first time in 2005. Harris and Houston coach Art Briles were Texas Tech assistants from 2000-02.

The coaches resigned Thursday, athletic director Dave Maggard said. Briles was recruiting in Dallas and not immediately available for comment Friday, spokesman Chris Burkhalter said.

The Cougars ranked eighth in Conference USA in total defense (397 yards per game) and scoring defense (27 ppg) last season. They gave up 538 yards in their 42-13 bowl loss to Kansas on Dec. 23.

Blackshear was in his first season in Houston after spending the 2004 season as the offensive coordinator and director of player personnel for the Rio Grande Valley Dorados of the indoor AFL2.

Houston ranked third in Conference USA in passing offense in 2005, averaging 272 yards per game.