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Cougars fire head coach Major Applewhite

Applewhite let go after just two seasons as head coach

Head coach Major Applewhite of the Houston Cougars reacts during a timeout in the third quarter against the Tulane Green Wave at TDECU Stadium on November 15, 2018 in Houston, Texas.
Head coach Major Applewhite of the Houston Cougars reacts during a timeout in the third quarter against the Tulane Green Wave at TDECU Stadium on November 15, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (2018 Getty Images)

HOUSTON – Late Saturday afternoon, KPRC 2 sources indicated the University of Houston was evaluating making a head coaching change with the football team regarding second year coach Major Applewhite. Sunday morning, sources confirmed to KRPC 2 that in fact the decision had been made and Applewhite was being let go.

The university made it official just before 1:00 p.m. with an announcement from Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman who released a statement saying that Houston head coach Major Applewhite has been provided notice of his release today and a national search for Houston’s 15th head coach has commenced.
 
“We’d like to thank Coach Applewhite and his family for their commitment to the success of the Houston Football program over the last four seasons including the last two as our head coach,” said Pezman. “After a thorough evaluation of our Football program, it is my assessment our future opportunities for success are better addressed by making this very difficult decision now.
 
“While the immediate future may be challenging, our future at UH is very bright. We’ve made many sizable improvements over the past five years, and I look forward to enhancing our future success through the hiring of our next head coach.  At this time we have already begun the search process for our next head coach and will not comment further until the search is concluded."
 
In two seasons as Houston’s head coach, Applewhite compiled a 15-11 record including a 10-6 record in American Athletic Conference action.