Houston contacts Pardee about coaching job

HOUSTON -- Houston is looking to its past in
the search for a new football coach.

Former Cougars coach Jack Pardee, who also coached the Houston
Oilers and two other NFL teams, said Tuesday he has been contacted
by the school about returning for a second stint as head coach.

Pardee, 71, coached the Cougars from 1987-89, compiling a
22-11-1 record. The Cougars were 1-10 the season before he arrived
but rose to as high as No. 14 in the nation before Pardee left to
coach the Oilers.

Pardee was 87-77 in 11 seasons in the NFL as head coach of the
Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins and Oilers. Pardee has not
coached since 1996, when he was in the Canadian Football League.

Pardee told Houston TV station KRIV that Cougars athletic
director Dave Maggard called him to discuss the job. Maggard has
declined to comment on specifics of his coaching search.

"There are a lot of ifs, but if the school is interested I'd be
very interested," Pardee said. "I am not looking for a job. If
they find somebody else they are more comfortable with, I would
back that decision 100 percent."

Former Cougars quarterback David Klingler told the Houston
Chronicle that the school has contacted him about being the
offensive coordinator for Pardee.

"I know some people would be concerned about his age, but you
have to take each person on an individual basis," Klingler said.
"But I will say this -- I've been around a lot of coaches, and I wouldn't consider doing this for anyone other than Jack Pardee."

The Cougars are replacing Art Briles, who left to become head
coach at Baylor last week.