Houston promotes Major Applewhite to head coach

Major Applewhite during his time as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Major Applewhite during his time as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

HOUSTON (KXAN/AP) — University of Houston offensive coordinator Major Applewhite has officially been promoted to head football coach.

Applewhite, 38, is the new coach in charge of the football team after rumors circulated on Thursday that there were several people up for the job.

“It’s no coincidence that the success UH football has achieved over the past two seasons happened with Major Applewhite running our offense. His energy and creativity are responsible for one of the most explosive passing games in college football and I am confident that as our head coach he will continue our upward trajectory as a nationally relevant athletics program,” said University of Houston President Renu Khator.

Applewhite was previously  Longhorn quarterback and offensive coordinator in Houston under Tom Herman. Herman went 22-4 with an American Athletic Conference championship in 2015.

The Cougars meet San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17.

Herman left Houston after two season to be the head coach at the University of Texas at Austin.