Source: Houston hires Sumlin, eighth minority coach in FBS

Updated: December 13, 2007, 1:27 PM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN.com

Houston has hired Oklahoma Sooners co-offensive coordinator Kevin Sumlin as its head coach, a person told of the decision said Thursday morning.

Sumlin would replace Art Briles, who resigned Nov. 28 to take the top job at Baylor.

Houston athletics director Dave Maggard told the Houston Chronicle that he was prepared to name Sumlin, who has spent the last five years on Bob Stoops' staff at Oklahoma, on Friday.

Chris Burkhalter, Houston's associate athletics director, confirmed to The Associated Press a news conference had been scheduled for noon Friday but couldn't elaborate. A call to Maggard was not immediately returned to the AP.

Sumlin has been Oklahoma's co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the past two seasons, after three seasons as specials teams and tight ends coach.

Sumlin was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for two years at Texas A&M; he also has coached at Purdue, Minnesota, Wyoming and Washington State.

Sumlin will be the eighth minority college football coach in the former Division I-A. Sumlin, 43, was a linebacker at Purdue from 1983 to 1986.

Other candidates considered by Houston included Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Haywood and former Houston coach Jack Pardee.

Joe Schad reports on college football for ESPN. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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