Houston contacts Pardee about coaching job

Updated: December 4, 2007, 5:01 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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